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1988 Topps Error & Variation List

Since I've been reorganizing all of my error and variation boxes, I figured I'd post some of my "definitive" lists on here (as time allows). Below is a list of variations that I have confirmed to exist from multiple sources (in most cases, recurring in different packaging types, different geographical sources, etc)

Enjoy:

3 Mark McGwire RB
4 Eddie Murray RB
6 Nolan Ryan RB (yellow, white or no line where hand meets border. Printing error that has affected a large portion of the run)
18 Al Leiter
34 Ricky Horton (errant red line above CARDINALS on front and corr.)
37 Ed Romero (YELLOW NAME, this is another printing flaw that has affected a large chunk of the run and to different degrees)
190 Candy Maldonado (white line at lower left of photo/border and corr.)
229 Jeff Musselman ( 2 different sized white spots by trophy on front and without a white spot)
230 Pat Tabler (Yellow or red dugout bench)
231 Pittsburgh Pirates (Yellow spot on Bonilla's cap and corr.)
269 Ellis Burks (Name touches trophy on front and name moved away from trophy)
295 Bert Blyleven (Cracks in wall over his shoulder and cracks airbrushed away)
330 Ed Whitson (mark on thigh and mark airbrushed away)
348 Jim Eisenreich (White, Red, Blue and Red/Blue colored line on his arm)
374 Doc Edwards (Pink ink outside of name triangle, blue ink outside triangle and no ink outside triangle)
381 California Angels (Magenta "slash" on Joyner's sleeve, "slash" airbrushed a greenish color and slash whited-out)
405 Doc Gooden A.S. (White tip of R, tip filled in light blue, solid blue R)
416 Keith Moreland (CUBS lettering at bat unfilled and filled-in blue)
447 Jeff Montgomery (2 different sized blotch over shoulder types and corr.)
493 Mike Greenwell (Name touches trophy on front and name moved away from trophy)
497 Kevin Mitchell (Gray, Green and Blue colored jersey types)
528 Checklist
533 John Farrell (Green blotch on sleeve and corr.)
544 Jim Traber (Bat tip in top border and bat tip colored orange to match top border)
571 Mark Williamson (Bottom of ORIOLES yellow at hat and corr.)
580 Mark McGwire (Dark green stripe in top right border and corr.)
628 Dave Henderson (Black mark on lip and mark airbrushed)
663 Ron Blomberg (line in right border, line through name on front, line through both areas and corr.)
739 Daryl Boston (Green line along bat and corr.)
754 Mike Lacoss (1/4 pink circle in upper right of photo and corr.)
767 Jose Lind (Blue, Yellow, White shadow behind Topps logo and without shadow)
778 Keith Comstock
792 John Tudor (Last name missing on back)

And there are many, many more minor varieties (yes, even more minor than most of these...) out there.

Plus, Tom Candiotti's card has been found without his name printed on front!
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Comments

  • Was that the year with the Stanley Jefferson variation, or was it 1989? Also, the checklist had Steve Carlton listed at #455 (I think) and later Shawn Hillegas. (Don't know why I remember that.) Has a Carlton ever been seen? I've always wondered.


  • << <i>Was that the year with the Stanley Jefferson variation, or was it 1989? Also, the checklist had Steve Carlton listed at #455 (I think) and later Shawn Hillegas. (Don't know why I remember that.) Has a Carlton ever been seen? I've always wondered. >>



    Jefferson variations were in 1989. I've never heard of a 1988 Topps Steve Carlton existing but anything is possible.
    My Error & Variation Blog

    Collecting Robin Ventura and Matt Luke.
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭
    thanks JC !

    Alot of people don't realize how lucky they are to get your lists.

    They are the best and always complete.

    rt
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”
  • milbrocomilbroco Posts: 2,508 ✭✭✭
    I agree. We are lucky to have someone so dedicated to tracking errors and more importantly, willing to share their lists and finds.
    Bob
    ebay seller name milbroco
    email [email protected]
  • ajwajw Posts: 2,304 ✭✭✭


    << <i>I agree. We are lucky to have someone so dedicated to tracking errors and more importantly, willing to share their lists and finds.
    Bob >>



    I agree completely. These posts are fantastic, and you should really check out JC's blog for even more good stuff.

    I have a question, though. JC, do you just sit on the couch looking through monster boxes of commons? How do you find these? You rrecently blogged about a 1993 Russ Swan that you had not seen before. How in the world did you find that one?
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭
    yeah, that must be he dissappears for hours then comes back...


    Now I want more lists !!!!!1


    LOL
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”
  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭
    Very good list

    330 Whitson can also be found with an all orange back---no white baseballs
    383 Bell can be found with large white blotch on neck
    569 Ward can be found with grey or black name ( black in running low)
    734 lefferts can be found black or grey triangle at front bottom--same with 747 Marzano and 779 Glavine
    There are several variations to the Glossy All Stars insert card involving the color, length, position or even existence of the arrow
    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • ajwajw Posts: 2,304 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Very good list

    330 Whitson can also be found with an all orange back---no white baseballs
    383 Bell can be found with large white blotch on neck
    569 Ward can be found with grey or black name ( black in running low)
    734 lefferts can be found black or grey triangle at front bottom--same with 747 Marzano and 779 Glavine
    There are several variations to the Glossy All Stars insert card involving the color, length, position or even existence of the arrow >>



    I knew Bishop would show up here. I remember a couple years ago hearing about his chasing the insert cards and thinking it was either the craziest or greatest thing ever. I'm still not sure which it is. image
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭
    JC

    What are the 3 tuffest in this set ?



    RT
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”


  • << <i>JC

    What are the 3 tuffest in this set ?



    RT >>



    Shame on you! There's an entire blog that covers this.
    My Error & Variation Blog

    Collecting Robin Ventura and Matt Luke.
  • tsalems1tsalems1 Posts: 3,355 ✭✭✭
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  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>

    330 Whitson can also be found with an all orange back---no white baseballs

    I knew Bishop would show up here. I remember a couple years ago hearing about his chasing the insert cards and thinking it was either the craziest or greatest thing ever. I'm still not sure which it is. image >>



    crazy;...But the insert I set was after was 1991 Topps game cards. There are about 240 of them in numeric order in 4 series, A,B, C and D. As I recall I still need 4 of them image
    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>JC

    What are the 3 tuffest in this set ?



    RT >>



    Shame on you! There's an entire blog that covers this. >>



    You know something...I didn't notice on your blog there was that (More...) area where the blog continues...


    I knew your favortire Magenta Slash boys would be in there !

    ha !

    thanks

    tree
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”


  • << <i>

    << <i>

    << <i>

    330 Whitson can also be found with an all orange back---no white baseballs

    I knew Bishop would show up here. I remember a couple years ago hearing about his chasing the insert cards and thinking it was either the craziest or greatest thing ever. I'm still not sure which it is. image >>



    crazy;...But the insert I set was after was 1991 Topps game cards. There are about 240 of them in numeric order in 4 series, A,B, C and D. As I recall I still need 4 of them image >>



    Bishop-

    Send me your list of 1991 sweepstakes needs. I have a working set and a ton of extras.
    My Error & Variation Blog

    Collecting Robin Ventura and Matt Luke.
  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭
    I tried sensing a pm but it did not go through. I am looking for 12411/12478/12545 and 12608....and I have a bunch of extras that you or anyone else collecting these silly things can have
    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Very good list

    330 Whitson can also be found with an all orange back---no white baseballs
    383 Bell can be found with large white blotch on neck
    569 Ward can be found with grey or black name ( black in running low)
    734 lefferts can be found black or grey triangle at front bottom--same with 747 Marzano and 779 Glavine
    There are several variations to the Glossy All Stars insert card involving the color, length, position or even existence of the arrow >>



    Maybe I am the only idiot thats been going thru all this, but 569 isn't WARD, its charlie liebrant ? no ?

    Is the error a different card ?

    Also, Marzano is 757 not 747...

    Bishop ,

    can u confirm the ward?

    thanks buddy


    -rt
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”
  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭
    I would like to say it was a test to see if you were paying attention...but just careless. Ward is 696.

    Also. I have a card with my set the source of which I can not recall. I have card 300 Mattingly batting, but also a card 300 with Mattingly in portrait. They are the same except the portrait has a brighter orange back and omits the "Led South Atlantic..." line and has "Special World of Baseball Edition" at the bottom. Anyone know what that is ? Bob probably remembers. He remembers everything
    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al


  • << <i>I would like to say it was a test to see if you were paying attention...but just careless. Ward is 696.

    Also. I have a card with my set the source of which I can not recall. I have card 300 Mattingly batting, but also a card 300 with Mattingly in portrait. They are the same except the portrait has a brighter orange back and omits the "Led South Atlantic..." line and has "Special World of Baseball Edition" at the bottom. Anyone know what that is ? Bob probably remembers. He remembers everything >>



    Very interesting, scan?
    My Error & Variation Blog

    Collecting Robin Ventura and Matt Luke.
  • richtreerichtree Posts: 1,461 ✭✭✭
    Here's the common version, now let's see if someone can find the one bishop is talking about:


    image
    Buying:
    Topps White Out (silver) letters Alex Gordon
    80 Topps Greg Pryor “No Name"
    90 ProSet Dexter Manley error
    90 Topps Jeff King Yellow back
    1958 Topps Pancho Herrera (no“a”)
    81 Topps Art Howe (black smear above hat)
    91 D A. Hawkins BC-12 “Pitcher”
  • bobsbbcardsbobsbbcards Posts: 3,250 ✭✭✭
    Here's a link to a current auction. Since the price is a bit outrageous, I think the link will be good for a while.

    1988 Topps WORLD OF BASEBALL #300 DON MATTINGLY PSA 9

    From my 2004 Beckett Almanac:

    This one-card Special World of Baseball Edition set features a color portrait of Don Mattingly with white borders. The back displays player-information and career statistics.

    Wow. What a write-up. How about why was it issued? How many were made? Thanks Beckett.

    I bought mine for $50, which ironically is what Beckett lists it for in NM-MT.
  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭
    I knew Bob F would remember. It's scary really

    At least Beckett lists it....Bob L (AUPT) ?

    I paid about $ 50 for mine as well, so I wish the seller all the best
    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • DavidPuddyDavidPuddy Posts: 3,425 ✭✭✭
    I've never seen that card before.
    No hat logo?
    "The Sipe market is ridiculous right now"
    CDsNuts, 1/9/15
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