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Funny/Strange/Wrong/Offensive Trading Cards

  1. last year
    Edited last year by andyandy

    What are some of your favorite funny/strange/wrong/offensive trading cards?

    The single card that has always stuck out to me was Bill Ripken's 1989 Fleer Baseball card.

    By the time I learned about it in elementary school, the prices for the card were out of my allowance range and even the unopened "error" packs were unobtainable. The local card shop had one in the glass case and conveniently placed the $100 price sticker over top the bat to keep young eyes like mine from seeing the profanity.

    There are so many questions surrounding it. Why did he write that on his bat? Did Fleer intentionally miss this during their proofing process to manufacture hype to sell more baseball cards?

    Here it is in all it's glory.

    1989_Billy_Ripken_FF.jpg

    Check out this website for more information on this infamous card including the 10+ variations/corrections/variations within varations that have been discovered through the years.

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  2. Edited last year by andyandy

    I also have a soft spot for cards where people are flipping the bird

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    This is such an old school way to hold a baseball bat.

    1982_Atlanta_Braves_Police_Set_Rufino_Linares.jpg

    In 1982 Rufino Linares had a creative way to hold his bat which may have lead to his .298 batting average that year. He later changed his stance in 1983 as shown below and his stats suffered. Coincidence?

    1983_Rufino_Linares_Topps.jpg

    1994_Stadium_Club_Frank_Thomas.jpg

    If I were a ball player, I would put my eye black on this way too.

    Carol_Middori_2001_Future_Bee_Autograph.jpg

    Carol Midori was LLPW Singles Champion this year so this must be her way of saying she was "Number one"

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    Truly the sign of the future, Leon.

  3. @andyandy I didn't know there were some many odd sports cards out there! Here's a few I thought were interesting.

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    This pose just looks odd for a card:
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    Not regulation headwear, but he pulls it off well:
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  4. AC Slater

    5 Jan 2016 Administrator

    @andyandy, Cool topic! These are my favorite kind of sports cards now. Would it be expensive to put together a non-variation set of them?

  5. @tangerine Those are some great finds there! A fair amount of 90s sports cards have photos of guys doing anything but playing sports. Really strange stuff...

    @AC Slater @andyandy, Cool topic! These are my favorite kind of sports cards now. Would it be expensive to put together a non-variation set of them?

    The cards are from the "junk wax" era so 99.999% of them are worthless if they aren't some mega superstar. Sometimes you can find a shoebox full of 90s cards for a couple bucks.

    I do think a 80sPG unofficial checklist would be a fun project to put together.

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  6. Was Pro Line were trying to win over female fans with some of these cards?

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    Those pants!

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    More Zubaz!
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    Sweetness wearing an even sweeter jacket.
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  7. @andyandy Was Pro Line were trying to win over female fans with some of these cards?

    They won me over :S

  8. Wonder if finding these cards in your pack gave the same feeling as getting a Foldees insert in your BNS2 pack.

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  9. @andyandy Awesome finds!

    With his pet, Ruffles:
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    I like how there is another part of someone's profile in the pic:
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  10. andyandy

    10 Jan 2016 Moderator
    Edited last year by andyandy

    More pets

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    Walk softly and carry a big ... shovel?

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    Useful hat for the outfit:
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  12. Edited 10 months ago by tangerine

    Is he signing someone's hand? Can't quite tell what is going on here.
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    A Freaky Friday situation?
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    Breathing device??
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  13. AC Slater

    27 Jan 2016 Administrator

    Nice additions :) @tangerine was showing me her recent finds above and thought I had seen Oscar's bat love earlier. Looks like @andyandy had posted it earlier, but the attachments were missing for a little while. What happened was our site hosting moved on Jan 8th and a few files that were loaded around that time did not get transferred. I checked into it, and now the transfer looks to be fully synched and the files restored. :)

  14. andyandy

    27 Jan 2016 Moderator

    Ah, great minds think alike.

    The 2012 Topps Five Star Football release has a subset called "inscriptions" where the athletes write some kind of motivational nonsense like "Live Your Legacy," "Hard Work Beats Talent," or "Go Eagles." So is St. Louis Rams rookie running back Isaiah Pead a fan of RKelly?

    2012 Topps Five Star Isiah Pead Quotable.jpg

  15. andyandy

    27 Jan 2016 Moderator

    Someone at Topps was having a little fun when they were printing this C-3PO card for the 4th series set.

    Can you spot the difference?

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    The corrected card is supposedly harder to find than the "error" card.

  16. AC Slater

    28 Jan 2016 Administrator

    @andyandy Someone at Topps was having a little fun when they were printing this C-3PO card for the 4th series set. ... The corrected card is supposedly harder to find than the "error" card.

    LOL, what??

  17. andyandy

    28 Jan 2016 Moderator

    @AC Slater LOL, what??

    I think it didn't get noticed until it was too late and the corrected card is from a later print run.

    I found some info on snopes regarding the explanation for "error" but I find it really hard to believe.

    [I]t appears that the extra appendage is not the work of an artist, but rather a trick of timing and light. The untouched archive photo shows the image just as it appears on the card. The current theory is that at the exact instant the photo was snapped, a piece fell off the Threepio costume, and just happened to line up in such a way as to suggest a bawdy image. The original contact sheets from the photo-shoot attests to this. They are not retouched in any way, yet still contain the same image. Whatever the real explanation is, the 'mischievous airbrush artist' scenario simply doesn't fit.

    -_-;

  18. The C3PO one is crazy, oh jeez. Didn't know that character had that side of him....
    Sorry @andyandy for reposting the same picture! There are clearly enough odd pics
    to go around, no need to repost the same ones :-p
    Here's a couple movie trading cards:

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  19. 10 months ago

    andyandy

    30 Sep 2016 Moderator
    Edited 10 months ago by andyandy

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    Jake Plummer was often referred to as Jake The Snake since he would sometimes find a sneaky way to win games in the fourth quarter. This was his Topps Chrome rookie card from 1997 which at one time was a pretty hot commodity... Now, not so much.

    Granted, he's no Jake Roberts

    Jake The Snake Roberts.jpg

    but then, who is?

    Maybe Ken Stabler?

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    Stabler was a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s. Stabler's nickname was "The Snake". Won SuperBowl XI. This is his 1992 Pro Line football card which has become one of my favorite football sets mostly because of the fashion and non-sports poses.

    Where can I get Stabler's pants?

    Football imitates wrestling which imitates football. Welcome to the wormhole, friends.

  20. AC Slater

    3 Oct 2016 Administrator

    Wow, yeah, I want a pair of those pants too-- they look really comfy.

    @andyandy Football imitates wrestling which imitates football. Welcome to the wormhole, friends.

    LOL. Reminds me of my quote of "so masculine it becomes feminine".

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