Archive for error cards

Did Topps make the original gimmick card … in 1988?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on July 16, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

Errors used to be all the rage, and there certainly was no shortage of them in 1988 Topps.  There were the two versions of the Al Leiter rookie card, one of which didn’t even picture him.  You had the Keith Comstock error, which featured the wrong color in the team name, and then there was the Eddie Murray Record Breaker’s error which featured a text box over the front of the card.  But what about the Mark McGwire?

If you collected in the 80s and 90s, you know about this card because it was referred to as the “white triangle” error.  Check out the picture I have here.  See that white triangle under his left cleat?

Well look at it closer.  There’s also a bow on the cleat, too.  Now pull back a few inches from the computer screen and put it all together.  What do you have?  It’s a freakin’ high-heel shoe!


What’s debatable here is if that is really a bow or just the way McGwire tied his shoelaces. (Sometimes shoelaces can be fed through the toungue of a shoe, which in some instances could create this bow looking effect.  What’s interesting is that his right cleat does not look that way.

Now, what is not debatable is the fact that this is a manufactured error card.  There is no way this was accidental.

Another 2009 Topps 206 error spotted: Honus Wagner

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Just spotted this one, it’s probably an uncorrected error though: Check out the spelling on Pittsburgh on the Short Print version (left).

Card of the Day: 2008 Topps Mike Cameron

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008toppsmikecameroncotdAnother quick-hitter; I’m becoming fond of these nowadays. This is exactly why Topps needs to stop abusing the facsimile signature. Look at this 2008 Topps Mike Cameron card. That signature belongs to TROY Cameron — who NEVER appeared in a major league game and apparently has been out of baseball for the last four years. Ugh … I guess this isn’t as bad as the 2000 Bowman (Chrome) Eric Byrnes rookie though.

Dear Topps: Stop using Facsimile signatures. They are ugly, unnecessary and open the door for even more mistakes. Concentrate on making your cards error-proof and gimmick-free, and maybe we can revisit this in the future.