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Monday, January 18, 2016

Cal Ripken Jr., 1998 Topps Prinivil Promo #1

This is one of the many cards that I've added to my collection courtesy of Max, and it is one of the most delightfully weird. As you can see, it looks like a 1998 Topps base card on the front, except that the background of the name bar is teal instead of the team-coordinated orange and black, and it reads "Limited Edition" underneath of Cal Ripken's name instead of "Baltimore Orioles". But it's once you flip the card over that the real fun begins.
You'll want to click on the scan above to enlarge, but let me walk you through it. Cal is wearing a dopey promo hat for Prinivil, a prescription drug used to treat hypertension. The caption on the photo reads, "Cal Ripken, Jr. is not hypertensive and is not taking PRINIVIL". The text underneath his career batting record is as follows: "Before prescribing PRINIVIL, please read the accompanying Prescribing Information." That's pretty good advice, I'd say.

1 comment:

Zach said...

In the picture on the back, Cal looks like an amalgamation of himself and A-Rod.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.