Jackson Holliday places on a ‘enjoyable face’ whereas paying tribute to notorious Billy Ripken ‘f*** face’ baseball card

It was 35 years in the past that Fleer launched the legendary Billy Ripken baseball card that featured ‘f*** face’ written on the knob of his bat whereas he was with the Baltimore Orioles.

This week, it was one other Orioles flip to make a memorable collectable.

High prospect Jackson Holliday has a novel card within the 2024 Topps Sequence 2 Baseball set, which can convey again reminiscences of Ripken — besides this one has “enjoyable face” written on the knob.

Jackson Holliday / ToppsJackson Holliday / Topps

Jackson Holliday / Topps

Holliday’s card, which was beforehand unannounced as a part of the set, received’t have the enduring legend round it like Ripken’s, but it surely’s a pleasant discover for collectors as they rip packs.

As for Ripken, he initially told Tim Kurkjian of the Baltimore Sun that the “f*** face” bat was a prank by his teammates. However that apparently was not the reality.

In 2008, Ripken admitted to Darren Rovell that he wrote the phrase himself so he might establish the bat shortly when he wanted it.

“I acquired a dozen bats in entrance of my locker in the course of the 1988 season. I pulled the bats out, mannequin R161, and observed — due to the grain patterns — that they have been too heavy. However I made a decision I’d use one among them, on the very least, for my batting follow bat.

“Now I needed to write one thing on the bat. At Memorial Stadium, the bat room was not too near the clubhouse, so I wished to write down one thing that I might discover instantly if I regarded up and it was 4:44 and I needed to get on the market on the sector a minute later and never be late. There have been 5 large grocery carts stuffed with bats in there and if I wrote my quantity 3, it may very well be too complicated. So I wrote ‘F***’ Face on it.”

Ripken stated he remembered the Orioles’ public relations particular person calling him that January to inform him that the photograph ended up within the 1989 set of Fleer playing cards. The corporate ended up sending him a few of the playing cards and he signed them and gave them to his groomsmen at his wedding ceremony that offseason.

Fleer ended up releasing new Ripken playing cards with “f*** face” erased from the knob of the bat, however that hasn’t stopped the unique from being some of the extremely sought items of memorabilia.

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