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A Blank 2012 Topps Heritage Redemption Card?

Posted in WTF!? with tags , , , , on March 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I managed to hit one of my local Target’s on Monday and picked up a couple of packs of 2012 Topps Heritage retail.  I pulled a few SPs and inserts along with a slew of base cards. But in one pack there was something suspicious, and now my mind is running wild about what it was supposed to be.

If you open enough Topps Heritage you’ll notice that there is a pattern as to where the insert, SP, variation or other “special” card is seeded within the pack.  Typically it is the fourth card from the back, so it winds up somewhere in the middle of the nine-card pack.

This is not a pack searching secret someone will try to sell you on eBay.  It’s just the way the cards are inserted into the packs during collation.

So in the particular pack in question, the fourth card from the end of the pack was … blank.

No name. No words. No picture.

Just white nothing. BLANK.

And it’s not one of those annoying security sensors that are placed inside the Topps packs either.  My pack had one of those and it was on the back of the pack as they usually are.

The card is a blank card made from the same card stock as the other Topps Heritage cards.  I’ll repeat: THE SAME CARD STOCK.  It’s not thicker or thinner.  It’s the same.

Given the placement of the card within the pack, my interest is piqued.

Was this supposed to be a redemption card with a sticker placed on it?


This blank card is missing something, and I believe it to be more than just a player’s name, face and stats.  I believe this card is missing a square adhesive label identifying the special card for which it is supposed to be redeemed.

Is something missing here, Topps?  Or am I making something out of nothing?


Um, surely he meant to sign it “Toe,” right?

Posted in Newspaperman, WTF!? with tags , , , , on January 4, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Everyone loves a good failed prospect story. And those familiar with Greg “Toe” Nash surely are aware of the greatness that never was.

The brief version:  Nash was a super prospect who never went to high school, was “re-discovered” playing semi-pro ball, and was given a contract with Tampa Bay. At one point he was dubbed the next Babe Ruth.  He played minor league ball but couldn’t keep himself out of jail and quickly found himself out of baseball. End of baseball story.

Funny thing about all of this is that “Toe” (nick name given because of large shoe size) had a handful of rookie (and XRC) cards in 2001.  His best being the pictured 2001 Bowman Chrome autograph that hails from the same set as the legendary Albert Pujols rookie.

But take a good look at that autograph. Is it me or does that actually say “Tow” and not “Toe?”



WTF?! Part I: The Warren Spahn Edition

Posted in WTF!? with tags , , , on April 21, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

So I was checking out today for some Warren Spahn cards and came across this series of images.

1949 Bowman

1950 Bowman

1951 Bowman

Think Bowman could have used a different image during any of these years?  WTF?!  That is just lazy.