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Most valuable cards in 1989 Fleer Baseball

The 1989 Fleer baseball card set was released in 1989 by Fleer. Containing 660 cards, the 1989 Fleer set is particularly sought after by collectors because it includes the rookie cards of several future Hall of Famers, including Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and Craig Biggio as well as some incredibly rare and coveted error cards namely the Bill Ripken Fuck Face card and the Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad card.

Covered in this list are the most valuable cards from 1989, based on historical sold prices for raw cards. In the case where a card’s value depends on the specific variation of the card, we’ve provided rough estimates of these, too. Keep in mind that the rarity and condition of the card in addition to whether it’s been graded by a professional grading card company can significantly affect it’s value.

Summary of Most Valuable Cards in 1989 Fleer Baseball

If you just want a list of the cards to keep when opening 1989 Fleer Baseball, see the list below:

  • #616 – Bill Ripken – The infamous Fuck Face (FF) on Knob card, but also other variations of the card
  • #548 Ken Griffey Jr. – Rookie card (RC)
  • #381 Randy Johnson – Rookie card (RC) – Multiple Marlboro Ad variations
  • #368 Nolan Ryan
  • #602 John Smoltz – Rookie card (RC)
  • #285 Bo Jackson
  • #5 Jose Canseco
  • #628 Jose Canseco Speed And Power
  • #325 Will Clark
  • #353 Craig Biggio – Rookie card (RC)

Scroll down for more details on each card, including error variations and prices.

#616 Bill Ripken

See billripken.com for more information on these variations plus others (“versions within versions”, “print flaws”, and “missing ink” proofs)

Variations:

  • Fuck Face (FF) on Knob (Original Card)
  • Circle Scribble (Semi-Airbrushed)
  • White Scribble (White Airbrushed)
  • Whiteout (Authenticity debated – buyer beware)
  • Black Scribble
  • Black Box
  • Black & White Test Run

Bill Ripken Fuck Face (FF) on Knob (Original Card)

Value: $25 – $55 raw

Bill Ripken Circle Scribble (Semi-Airbrushed)

An example of the Bill Ripken Circle Scribble variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball (Photo credit: BillRipken.com)

Value: TBD – can’t find sold examples

Bill Ripken White Scribble (White Airbrushed)

An example of the Bill Ripken White Scribble (White Airbrushed) variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball (Photo credit: BillRipken.com)

Value: $230 – $400 raw

Bill Ripken Whiteout (Authenticity debated – buyer beware)

An example of the Bill Ripken Whiteout variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball (Photo credit: BillRipken.com)

Per billripken.com, the authenticity of these cards is debated. They may be real, though there are likely fakes out there. Even graded examples should be viewed with some caution.

Value: $200 – $250 raw

Bill Ripken Black Scribble

An example of the Bill Ripken Black Scribble variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball (Photo credit: BillRipken.com)

Value: $25 raw

Bill Ripken Black Box

Value: $3 – $4 raw

Bill Ripken Black & White Test Run (Fake card – buyer beware)

Per billripken.com, these are fake novelty cards printed on cheap photo paper. I’ve seen these sell for $40+ on eBay. Buyer beware.

#548 Ken Griffey Jr.

Value: $4 – $13 raw

#381 Randy Johnson

In general terms, there are 3 variations of this card. But upon closer examination there are at least 13 different versions, suggests Junk Wax Gems! We’ll cover the 3 broad categories for variations here.

Variations:

  • Marlboro Ad Very Clear on Scoreboard
  • Marlboro Ad on Scoreboard
  • Marlboro Ad Completely Blacked Out

Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad on Scoreboard (Very Clear)

Value: $18,000

Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad on Scoreboard (Partially Obscured)

An example of the Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad Partially Obscured variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball.

Value: $10 – $45

Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad Completely Blacked Out

An example of the Randy Johnson Marlboro Ad Blacked Out variation from 1989 Fleer Baseball.

Value: $1 – $6

#368 Nolan Ryan

Value: $1 – $1.50

#602 John Smoltz

Value: $1 – $1.50

#285 Bo Jackson

Value: $1 – $1.50

#5 Jose Canseco

Value: $1

#628 Jose Canseco Speed And Power

Value: $1

#325 Will Clark

Value: $1

#353 Craig Biggio

Value: $1 – $1.50

Did we miss any notable cards from 1989 Fleer Baseball?

Let us know in the comments!

Rory Hansen

Rory Hansen is a San Diego-based sports card collector and social media influencer. Considered an expert in the process of grading sports cards, he regularly advises other collectors on how to assess, prepare and submit cards for grading. Originally from Canada and now living in the US, Rory collects both hockey cards and baseball cards. His personal collection focuses on Shohei Ohtani, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Pavel Bure, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo.

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