The 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken Fu*k Face-The Most Famous Error Card of All-Time
Fleer inadvertently created one of the most famous baseball cards of all-time in 1989. While youngsters were breaking wax to possibly obtain the two-time minor league player of the year, Gregg Jefferies or the future hall of famer, Ken Griffey, Jr., it turned out there was a much more profound prize to be found in 1989 Fleer baseball packs-Bill Ripken. Before correcting the card, "fuck face" was shockingly visible on the knob of Bill's bat and was predominately displayed on Bill's baseball card.
This caused hysteria in the baseball card community due to the obscene message on the bottom of Bill's bat. There were numerous rumors on how this occurred including a scenario where Fleer wrote it on the card deliberately to increase sales. Another rumor was that Bill's famous brother, Cal Ripken wrote it on Bill's bat to embarrass his brother. In reality, it was Bill himself who wrote the message on the bottom of the bat as a practical joke. Fleer didn't catch the prank, produced the card, and birthed one of the most famous error cards of all-time!
To save face, Fleer halted production of the "FF" card and came out with numerous corrected versions including a black box version of the obscenity, a whiteout, white scribble, black scribble, and a very peculiar "saw cut" version. The saw cuts also featured whiteout and blackout variations. Some collectors claim there are 8-10 total variations of this wacky card! However, none of the variations are near as fun as the original card!