What Is a Billy Ripken Baseball Card?

What Is a Billy Ripken Baseball Card?

Though baseball player Billy Ripken, younger brother of Cal Ripken Jr., was featured on baseball cards throughout his 11-year career, his most-notable card was a 1989 Fleer card. On it, Billy is holding a bat with an expletive scrawled across the knob.

Fleer subsequently rushed to fix its error and ended up releasing a number of different versions of this card; at minimum, there are 10 different versions circulating. Some of the versions have text written over the expletive, others have white-out correction fluid hiding the mistake, and still others have a black text box covering the inappropriate words. Ripken claims that Fleer amplified the text to create a false stir over the card.