My theory regarding a new variation for the '89 Fleer Randy Johnson Marlboro card
I've been working on this for about four years and have gotten to the point where I'm convinced my theory is correct but I need more eyes out there and, frankly, more help.
Pick up any "Ad Completely Blacked Out" (ACBO) and you will find two black dots between Johnson's first name and last name, shown here:
These periods showed up exactly when Fleer finally corrected the Johnson card to ACBO. They don't exist on any version of "Ad Partially Obscured" or "Marlboro Sign Visible." This is far from unusual. It seems like every time Donruss went in to correct one of their early E&Vs in 1990, they ended up creating multiple more E&Vs in the process.
So what's the big deal?
I've been convinced that Johnsons printed right around the transition into ACBO might have a slip up or two. There could be an ACBO without the black periods or there could be an APO with the periods on them. Obviously, not as fun and exciting as most E&Vs that get talked about but if they prove to be true we're talking about an added level of rarity to a card that already has many levels of rarity to begin with.
So why now?
I located a copy of a Johnson APO that actually has the periods except they're white. I have to imagine this is some sort of mistake or just a natural printing process when something large scale gets changed -- there are varying degrees of accuracy as to what is intended to take place in the correction.
So I'm asking the board for help. We're (the collective we) are looking for either an Ad Completely Blacked Out with either no periods on it or periods that deviate from the above or we're looking for an Ad Partially Obscured with the black periods (or any deviation of the black periods).
Any help would be enormously appreciated. I've looked at thousands of Johnson Marlboros and I think I'm getting burned out.
I'm also more than welcome to any new theories or suggestions. Thanks for reading this far!