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Old 05-25-2020, 10:41 PM
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I’m trying to determine which version of the 89 fleer RJ error I have. It mostly looks like the black box I guess, however there are two little circles that I haven’t seen in other examples. Here are pictures and I tried to get clear and close. The circles look to be part of the print. What does anyone here think? Is this version worth anything?

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I’m trying to determine which version of the 89 fleer RJ error I have. It mostly looks like the black box I guess, however there are two little circles that I haven’t seen in other examples. Here are pictures and I tried to get clear and close. The circles look to be part of the print. What does anyone here think? Is this version worth anything?



https://imgur.com/a/vZNyWMC



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Looks like the corrected version

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I’m trying to determine which version of the 89 fleer RJ error I have. It mostly looks like the black box I guess, however there are two little circles that I haven’t seen in other examples. Here are pictures and I tried to get clear and close. The circles look to be part of the print. What does anyone here think? Is this version worth anything?

https://imgur.com/a/vZNyWMC

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It is the corrected version with 2 "fish eye" print spots/defects.

Cool print error card. When I was super collecting the 89 Fleer Johnson cards I would look for and buy cards like that.

As for value it is worth slightly less than a card without the print spots.
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It is the corrected version with 2 "fish eye" print spots/defects.

Cool print error card. When I was super collecting the 89 Fleer Johnson cards I would look for and buy cards like that.

As for value it is worth slightly less than a card without the print spots.
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I pulled one the other day out of a rack pack that was the blacked out version, but had a red print dot inside the black box.

A 1/1 from what I have seen!

https://ibb.co/k8DzCzm

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I pulled one the other day out of a rack pack that was the blacked out version, but had a red print dot inside the black box.

A 1/1 from what I have seen!
Post a picture. I have several hundred print flaws.

Yours could be a super dark red tint with the "bubble" spot showing up as red.
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" a super dark red tint with a 'bubble' spot".....is this a great hobby or what
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Post a picture. I have several hundred print flaws.

Yours could be a super dark red tint with the "bubble" spot showing up as red.

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I pulled one the other day out of a rack pack that was the blacked out version, but had a red print dot inside the black box.

A 1/1 from what I have seen!
Easy money! I wouldn’t take a penny under $1K for it.
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" a super dark red tint with a 'bubble' spot".....is this a great hobby or what
The best part is that with the way Fleer edited the Marlboro variation cards, that description probably isn’t specific enough. In my experience there are at least two separate cards that fit that description that look very similar, but they are different cards.
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OK guys, so I will put this out to the community. Doing some hard research, spending a good amount of $$ to do so.

What is the earliest run of 1989 Fleer (5 digit code) that you have seen, come across, opened yourself, seen someone open, etc.? If so, what version of the Johnson card did you pull?
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OK guys, so I will put this out to the community. Doing some hard research, spending a good amount of $$ to do so.

What is the earliest run of 1989 Fleer (5 digit code) that you have seen, come across, opened yourself, seen someone open, etc.? If so, what version of the Johnson card did you pull?
If anybody knew the answer to your question of what case # has the clear Marlboro sign they would have already bought them.
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If anybody knew the answer to your question of what case # has the clear Marlboro sign they would have already bought them.
There is some truth to that, yes.

The other part being, they have to be available and you can find them!
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OK guys, so I will put this out to the community. Doing some hard research, spending a good amount of $$ to do so.

What is the earliest run of 1989 Fleer (5 digit code) that you have seen, come across, opened yourself, seen someone open, etc.? If so, what version of the Johnson card did you pull?
I would think if someone knew this they wouldn't be sharing it on a message board.

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Unless they were drinking a lot while trying to eat a cheeseburger
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Was finally able to link a picture of my rare 1/1 Red Dot Randy error card.

Here is the link:

https://ibb.co/k8DzCzm

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Was finally able to link a picture of my rare 1/1 Red Dot Randy error card.

Here is the link:

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That is a print spot on a corrected version. If counting print spots I have 100s of 1/1 Randy Johnson and Bill Ripken 89 Fleer error cards.
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That is a print spot on a corrected version. If counting print spots I have 100s of 1/1 Randy Johnson and Bill Ripken 89 Fleer error cards.
Yeah, I knew that. Was just going along with it.
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Going through some of my Johnson inventory...

Here are two different "green tint" versions. The one is hard to pick up, but its more shoddy camera work & lighting than anything.

The one thing I noticed. In the one, the M in Marlboro is visible...in the other, it isnt. I will try to get a better picture.

https://ibb.co/g7hsL9s
https://ibb.co/bssh3yx
https://ibb.co/dBXbqd3
https://ibb.co/jh2MPKS
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Going through some of my Johnson inventory...

Here are two different "green tint" versions. The one is hard to pick up, but its more shoddy camera work & lighting than anything.

The one thing I noticed. In the one, the M in Marlboro is visible...in the other, it isnt. I will try to get a better picture.

https://ibb.co/g7hsL9s
https://ibb.co/bssh3yx
https://ibb.co/dBXbqd3
https://ibb.co/jh2MPKS
I suck at taking pictures and scanning the different versions of the Johnson card. There is also a version that you can clearly see the top of the L and B.
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To add to the insanity, I’m convinced that a new variation of the green “scribble” card exists with a very bright, almost neon green “tint” over the white area of the sign. Almost all green scribble cards (and I’ve noted two very distinct shapes of scribble) have a darker green tint/masking to them.
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OK guys, so I will put this out to the community. Doing some hard research, spending a good amount of $$ to do so.

What is the earliest run of 1989 Fleer (5 digit code) that you have seen, come across, opened yourself, seen someone open, etc.? If so, what version of the Johnson card did you pull?
I’ve seen another post where someone mentioned mid to later November as the earliest case number they had seen. I tried to find it the other day, but there are lots of the past threads regarding these cards on different sites and I couldn’t locate it. I have a case from Dec 15th that has the variations in it still.

The error cases/boxes have gone way up in price in just a few years. If you’re going that route I can see spending a good amount of $$. The boxes I’ve opened from this case and other cases contained several different versions, but buying singles from people on EBAy I’ve noticed that some cases appear to have several very similar cards grouped together in them sometimes.
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Going through some of my Johnson inventory...

Here are two different "green tint" versions. The one is hard to pick up, but its more shoddy camera work & lighting than anything.

The one thing I noticed. In the one, the M in Marlboro is visible...in the other, it isnt. I will try to get a better picture.
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To add to the insanity, I’m convinced that a new variation of the green “scribble” card exists with a very bright, almost neon green “tint” over the white area of the sign. Almost all green scribble cards (and I’ve noted two very distinct shapes of scribble) have a darker green tint/masking to them.
You are both correct. There are two versions of “green scribbles”. We ended up calling them “fish” because of the red tinting around the letters in Marlboro has a fish shape. Both versions have lightly tinted cards all the way to up to cards so heavily tinted they look like other “box” versions. I put 37 cards of one of the “fish” versions together into an album on Flickr. I sorted them as best as I could from lightest to darkest(it’s hard). I don’t have it exactly correct, but you can watch the cards via slide show on there that go from one card to the next and progressively get darker and more tinting. What do you think?


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You are both correct. There are two versions of “green scribbles”. We ended up calling them “fish” because of the red tinting around the letters in Marlboro has a fish shape. Both versions have lightly tinted cards all the way to up to cards so heavily tinted they look like other “box” versions. I put 37 cards of one of the “fish” versions together into an album on Flickr. I sorted them as best as I could from lightest to darkest(it’s hard). I don’t have it exactly correct, but you can watch the cards via slide show on there that go from one card to the next and progressively get darker and more tinting. What do you think?


https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjmarl...57675341931257
Thank you the link. And scanning all of these!

Do you have a link for the other green scribble version? The 36 pics show variations in darkness, as you mentioned, but all seem to be the same “shape” of blackout ( top of LB visible ). There is another shape, more like a deflated pyramid that includes the top of the LB in Marlboro as a sort of peak to the black coverup shape.
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Thank you the link. And scanning all of these!

Do you have a link for the other green scribble version? The 36 pics show variations in darkness, as you mentioned, but all seem to be the same “shape” of blackout ( top of LB visible ). There is another shape, more like a deflated pyramid that includes the top of the LB in Marlboro as a sort of peak to the black coverup shape.
Any chance you are referring to the below version?

https://ibb.co/68nQfkF
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Any chance you are referring to the below version?

https://ibb.co/68nQfkF
https://ibb.co/MP28XWF
My pics/scans all turn out like those and I can't see them very well.

There are at least 3 versions I own. There is the blob version that covers everything on Marlboro. Then there is the squiggly bar version that you can see the tops of the L and B. Then there is a version with both the blob in a lighter black with the squiggly bar in a darker black.

I have not looked at them any closer than those 3 main versions.
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Thank you the link. And scanning all of these!

Do you have a link for the other green scribble version? The 36 pics show variations in darkness, as you mentioned, but all seem to be the same “shape” of blackout ( top of LB visible ). There is another shape, more like a deflated pyramid that includes the top of the LB in Marlboro as a sort of peak to the black coverup shape.
Yeah that was just the album for the red circle version of the fish. I’ll try to get the no red circle version posted soon that you’re referring to. I haven’t worked on the cards for a little while, but I think I have most of the images of the other fish version already mostly sorted and I’ll just need to upload them. It will still take me a little while as I have to crop the images on Flickr.

Just looking at the first few images of some of the non red circle versions of the fish, I think I found some of the cards you mentioned last night. The red scribbling around the letters in Marlboro is vibrant red and the green tinting is very light and an almost neon color mixed with the white background of the ad. You can see the rope in the Marlboro Man’s hand the green tinting is so light in one of the cards. I’ll post a link on here when it’s up.
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35 images in the No RC Album. I definitely have a few lined up in the wrong order of the sequence. I’m also not convinced these cards are only one version either, but these are the other fish shape that doesn’t have the red circle. This version of the fish also has lighter to darker spectrum situation occurring to them.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjmarl...57714668577038
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35 images in the No RC Album. I definitely have a few lined up in the wrong order of the sequence. I’m also not convinced these cards are only one version either, but these are the other fish shape that doesn’t have the red circle. This version of the fish also has lighter to darker spectrum situation occurring to them.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjmarl...57714668577038
Great green scribble cards. I remember when there were considered extremely rare. Even on eBay you could only find one listed about once a month at the most.
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Great green scribble cards. I remember when there were considered extremely rare. Even on eBay you could only find one listed about once a month at the most.
Thanks Ben. They do seem to be a little more prevalent than once considered, but overall I would say they are still pretty rare, even amongst the different Marlboro versions. You still can’t find them in much volume these days.
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35 images in the No RC Album. I definitely have a few lined up in the wrong order of the sequence. I’m also not convinced these cards are only one version either, but these are the other fish shape that doesn’t have the red circle. This version of the fish also has lighter to darker spectrum situation occurring to them.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjmarl...57714668577038
Yes, the ones at the beginning of this album are exactly what I was referring to. Some are quite vibrant! And I agree, I think there may be variations to the blacked out area/shape, kind of looks like here are different peaks and bumps along the top.
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Thanks Ben. They do seem to be a little more prevalent than once considered, but overall I would say they are still pretty rare, even amongst the different Marlboro versions. You still can’t find them in much volume these days.
Knowing that this card went through all of the changes that it did, arguably 12, minimum, all within 5-6 weeks of production time (January cases have the FF Ripken and full correction Randy), tells me that some versions must be even more limited than others. I stand by the bright green/scribble version and the visible Marlboro with green tint as two examples of rarer types.
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Thanks Ben. They do seem to be a little more prevalent than once considered, but overall I would say they are still pretty rare, even amongst the different Marlboro versions. You still can’t find them in much volume these days.
That is because a few of us own most of them.
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Knowing that this card went through all of the changes that it did, arguably 12, minimum, all within 5-6 weeks of production time (January cases have the FF Ripken and full correction Randy), tells me that some versions must be even more limited than others. I stand by the bright green/scribble version and the visible Marlboro with green tint as two examples of rarer types.
Those are some very good points. Fleer sure needed lots of different attempts at covering the ad over that relatively short time frame. Any lightly tinted green card is very hard to track down. There are actually a few different green versions that are lightly tinted too. Most green cards though have darker tinting.

The fact that only 2 clear versions have shown up after 30 plus years makes me think they are the hardest card to find from the 80s. Seeing Steve’s clear card recently confirmed for me that the clear versions are lightly tinted blue cards and tracking down the blue cards with more tint is nearly impossible too. I’m definitely looking forward to any future discoveries people have with those cards and finding out more about them.

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Wow, Hatorade, you have an amazing collection. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

I agree that the clear version and blue tint are closely related. The blue bar intersecting RJ's head seems to have more overlap with the vertical grey bars above on these versions (and some of the clearer green versions).
I've wondered whether the first run(s) at the "green plant" produced the clear version. It seems they noticed the clear sign relatively quickly in the production process and made an initial "fix" of adding blue tint to the sign area. Since this didn't dull the clarity of the Marlboro letters (and perhaps drew even more attention to the sign) they moved on to "fix" the "fix" pretty quickly by apparently mixing yellow into the blue and then varying the proportions of yellow and blue to get darker greens. Of course I'm just guessing and others probably have better theories on this. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if another completely clear example is out there somewhere without the blue bar overlap apparent in the two known examples, perhaps coming from the "red plant". Steve
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Just opened the earliest box I've had the pleasure of opening tonight, from a sealed case. Without revealing too much, this date would definitely fit the "mid November" criteria.

This is what the result was...

https://ibb.co/2vk429G
https://ibb.co/2SY7Kqg
https://ibb.co/McnpgBX
https://ibb.co/WGNS0y3
https://ibb.co/DpNNb69
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Just opened the earliest box I've had the pleasure of opening tonight, from a sealed case. Without revealing too much, this date would definitely fit the "mid November" criteria.

This is what the result was...

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Congrats on the pickup. These look like some nice cards. I saw a reasonably priced sealed case of 83272 on eBay a couple months ago but missed out (it apparently sold in 20 minutes). Steve
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83272 (the 327th day of 1988) would be November 22nd. That is about the earliest date I've seen. 100% sure I haven't seen anything in the 831xx range.
The latest codes I've seen FWIW are around 917xx. Prices have certainly gone up in the past few years. You couldn't give these away 15 years ago.

OT - weren't there other '89 Fleer with Marlboro ads in the background?
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Congrats on the pickup. These look like some nice cards. I saw a reasonably priced sealed case of 83272 on eBay a couple months ago but missed out (it apparently sold in 20 minutes). Steve
Yep - I know the individual who bought this case.

They got an absolute steal on this case, too.
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83272 (the 327th day of 1988) would be November 22nd. That is about the earliest date I've seen. 100% sure I haven't seen anything in the 831xx range.
The latest codes I've seen FWIW are around 917xx. Prices have certainly gone up in the past few years. You couldn't give these away 15 years ago.

OT - weren't there other '89 Fleer with Marlboro ads in the background?
There is earlier...
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83272 (the 327th day of 1988) would be November 22nd. That is about the earliest date I've seen. 100% sure I haven't seen anything in the 831xx range.
The latest codes I've seen FWIW are around 917xx. Prices have certainly gone up in the past few years. You couldn't give these away 15 years ago.

OT - weren't there other '89 Fleer with Marlboro ads in the background?
I can't remember the exact number, I think it is 4 or 5 other players with a Marlboro sign in the background.
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Just opened the earliest box I've had the pleasure of opening tonight, from a sealed case. Without revealing too much, this date would definitely fit the "mid November" criteria.

This is what the result was...

https://ibb.co/2vk429G
https://ibb.co/2SY7Kqg
https://ibb.co/McnpgBX
https://ibb.co/WGNS0y3
https://ibb.co/DpNNb69
Nice cards.
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Nice cards.
Thanks - it is the same card, but wanted to give everyone a different look/angle.

This one does have the "pube" too, I believe.
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I can't remember the exact number, I think it is 4 or 5 other players with a Marlboro sign in the background.
I'm sure it's been discussed - but why was only the Johnson card targeted for correction? Is there a story behind it?
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I'm sure it's been discussed - but why was only the Johnson card targeted for correction? Is there a story behind it?
The only story I have heard is that Randy is very religious and didn't want the advertisement displayed. How true that is I have no idea.
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The only story I have heard is that Randy is very religious and didn't want the advertisement displayed. How true that is I have no idea.
Yes, I have heard this as well - that he didn't like the sign, or being in a picture with that sign.

With that said - the million dollar question. Why the heck wasn't the black box/corrected version just done right away?
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Yes, I have heard this as well - that he didn't like the sign, or being in a picture with that sign.

With that said - the million dollar question. Why the heck wasn't the black box/corrected version just done right away?
As someone who was collecting back then the answer in my opinion was cash. Error cards were a big thing at that time and sold for huge premiums. Higher sale price on individual cards leads to more new unopened product selling.
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As someone who was collecting back then the answer in my opinion was cash. Error cards were a big thing at that time and sold for huge premiums. Higher sale price on individual cards leads to more new unopened product selling.
I don’t know if this one was an intentional variation. Virtually zero publicity for this card until a tiny blurb in the annual Beckett stating its “discovery” in 1999. Ten years later! And I believe this note wasn’t even added to the books until the 2002 annual.

As for the why...From a production standpoint, could Randy have seen the card and complained about it post production? We know that Fleer was printing and distributing cards by mid-November 1988. Maybe earlier, but unverified, if so. We know that by mid-November the card had seen multiple cover-up attempts. Did Randy somehow see one of the few clear examples immediately upon release and object to the ad? How did he see it so quickly? I’ve never heard of a card company sending proofs to players before production. I don’t believe that is a thing. Very odd but I’m doubtful that Randy’s objection is the cause for it.

What’s really surprising to me is that nobody has managed to track down someone in the know. No Fleer people on the record even sharing conjecture, questionable memories.
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