Thursday, May 8, 2008

Billy Ripken 1989 Fleer - Ooops?

Yesterday I mentioned how cool it would have been if Billy Ripken was also with Cal Ripken during his book tour. This (see picture) is the card and "inscription" I was talking about. It's a 1989 Fleer.

After some public outcry, a few other versions of this card came out. One had the words blocked out in black, one with white blocks, and I think a few were just old-school Adobe Photoshop scribbles with the "pencil" tool.

I believe this was one of the first big time "error" cards to hit the market. Now, companies make their error cards by putting politicians in the background - ooh, that's going out on a limb. At the time this card demanded a pretty hefty asking price - now you can get it for a $1 on eBay.

What are the chances that Billy even signs this card at shows or out in public?
WaxHeaven has a great article about the story of the card. There's also a site called


Anonymous said...


I'm Donovan from

Glad to see your blog on the FF. If anyone has and questions or comments feel free to email us. We have compiled a wealth of information on this card and its many variations. We have yet to post all of our findings and versions on the site until we can locate all of the versions and verify the info we post is true.

This card is the most infamous error from the 80's and still has a small cult following of "hardcore" collectors wanting to complete a master set.

Happy Hunting,

Looking for the FF-Donovan

JRJ said...

Hey Donovan! Thanks for stopping by. This is a great card to read about - I look forward to seeing the updates on your site.

I didn't know there were so many versions!