As Fantagraphics can't distribute these volumes outside of America (and whoever worked out that deal needs a good kicking) I'm having to import my copies. As it is I managed to fluke the third volume on eBay for about 40% less than the cover price, so I can't complain. Means I've got a nice weekend set up for reading.
This also came in the mail today.
It's an old story, but here's what I heard/read. Bill Ripkin, you've probably never heard of him outside of America. It appears that he wasn't the most loved guy at the Baltimore Orioles in 1989 when the photo was taken. Just before he stepped up at training to get his photo taken one of his team-mates wrote ole Bill's club nick-name on the base of the bat (have a peek). Photo taken, and Bill enters history...
And yep, it is an actual card, and yep, it is sitting in front of me. Small things like that can make all the difference. Time to put a pin in the week and settle down for a relaxing weekend.