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Bill Ripken Error Baseball Card - Failure Museum

During a time period in which manufacturers were rushing to produce as many cards as possible to keep up with demand, Fleer became a bit careless with its Bill Ripken 1989 Fleer baseball card.

Ripken carved the phrase in the bat. Bill noticed that the pile of bats outside his locker at Spring Training was a bit too heavy. But he decided to use them for batting practice. Bill needed to write something on one of his bats to make it easily identifiable.

At Fenway Park later that season, a photographer asked to take Bill’s picture and he agreed, unknowingly holding the bat in question.

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