I have three versions of this famous card.(read the wiki story below
The original. A factory cut original and one of the blacked out versions. All cards are in protective cases.
I'd like to trade all three for one Morgan/Peace dollar or two 90%silver halves or four 90% quarters. SPF
, Ripken's Fleer
card showed him holding a bat with the expletive fuck face
written in plain view on the knob of the bat.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ripken#cite_note-cnbc.com-3][/url]
Fleer subsequently rushed to correct the error, and in their haste, released versions in which the text was scrawled over with a marker, whited out with correction fluid
, and also airbrushed. On the final, corrected version, Fleer obscured the offensive words with a black box (this was the version included in all factory sets). Both the original card and many of the corrected versions have become collector's items as a result. There are at least ten different variations of this card. As of February 2009 the white out version has a book value of $120.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ripken#cite_note-4][/url]
Years later, Ripken admitted to having written the expletive on the bat; however, he claimed he did it to distinguish it as a batting practice bat, and did not intend to use it for the card. In the same letter, he expressed the opinion that Fleer was well aware of the obscenity, and not only retained but made it even clearer, hoping to benefit from the publicity the card would no doubt receive.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ripken#cite_note-cnbc.com-3][/url]
Some collectors list the card as the "Rick Face" card. The script on the bat appears to make the wordfuck look similar to Rick.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ripken#cite_note-poundstone-2][/url]
Always look out for number one.
Unless someone is slinging shit around. Then look out for number two.