Here are some of the most well known baseball card blunders of all time.
1957 Topps Hank Aaron #20 BV$300
Topps reversed the image on the photo negative of Hank Aaron, showing the great home run hitter as a left-handed batter on his 1957 card.
1962 Topps Green Tint Series
The second series of Topps 1962 baseball (cards numbered 110 through 196) were printed without enough ink for the photographs. Without the ink, the sky and dirt in several of the cards background is green, hence the Green Tint Series.
1969 Topps Aurelio Rodriguez #653
Rodriguez card featured a picture of Leonard Garcia, the California Angels team batboy.
1972 Topps Billy Martin #33
Martin is shown standing near a fence in his Detroit Tigers uniform leaning on a bat with his middle finger extending down the bat.
1974 Topps Washington National League Cards
With a strong possibility of the San Diego Padres moving to Washington following the 1973 season, Topps Used Washington National League on the first prints of 15 Padres player cards, since the nickname of the potentially re-located team wasn’t known.
1982 Fleer John Littlefield #576A BV$100
Littlefield, a right handed pitcher, was shown pitching left handed as Fleer issued a reversed negative of the Padres pitcher.
1987 Donruss Opening Day Barry Bonds #163A BV $300
The first print run featured Johnny Ray, Bonds’ Pirates teammate instead of the great slugger. Donruss quickly caught their error making this an extremely rare card.
1989 Fleer Billy Ripken **** Face Card #616 BV $15, Whiteout BV $120
The original version of the card was printed with an expletive on the knob of Billy’s bat. When the error was found Fleer rushed to correct it, resulting in variations of the card being covered with marker, brushed with white-out, and airbrushed. The final version of the card included in all factory sets had the knob of the bat covered with a black box.
1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy #357
Murphy is pictured backwards in his Braves uniform, as Upper Deck used a reversed negative.
1990 Topps Frank Thomas #414 No Name BV $600
The sluggers rookie card had a version produced with no name on the front of the card.
2006 Topps Alex Gordon #297 BV $1200
In 2005 the Major League Baseball Players Association ruled that card manufacturers could only produce rookie cards of players who either made the 25-man roster or played in a major league game the year before. When the Number 2 Overall Draft Pick Alex Gordon signed his contract late in September, his card should have never been produced. Topps quickly pulled the card, and it is believed that there are less than 100 produced.
What are some of your favorite blunders?