This is one seasoned collectors will instantly recognize. It’s an iconic error card, a 1990 Topps Frank Thomas card. Can you find the mistake?
What if I show this same card in corrected form?
This error card is rare and commands a hefty sum. It was easy to spot, but the next may be a little bit more difficult.
This is a classic early example of an error card that is less likely to happen nowadays. The photo negative that was used for this card was flipped which is why Aaron, a righty hitter is portrayed as a lefty. The Braves where still in Milwaukee at this time so the “M” on Aaron’s cap is mirror image but looks fine. It’s the backwards 4 of his uniform number 44 that is the other giveaway.
The error here is this is Aurelio Rodriguez’s card but that’s not Aurelio Rodriguez. The photo is of the Angels’ bat boy, Leonard Garcia.
But who can forget Holliday’s classic error during a 2008 playoff game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. So here is Matt Holliday's 2014 Actual Error Card.
And who WOULDN’T want to get their hands on this card?
Certainly there are plenty of great error photos from which to choose. There are certainly plenty of rookie errors. Here is a 2014 Topps Billy Hamilton.
could easily be an SP error parallel.
I think I like the error card better than the actual base card.
And here is his Actual Error Card.
And we can’t leave out a powerful error combination. How about the Mets and Luis Castillo? His 2010 Topps card is not terrible.
But you have to admit, this error SP is pretty collectable.
Now here’s my fear. Just a simple SP error photo variation may not be enough in the age of unlimited variations. So let’s take Luis Castillo again, but I’ll stop making fun of the Mets. Marlins, you’re up.
Now instead of his error, let’s change it up and make it an error that he was involved in.
Yes, for those that remember, and I’m gathering that’s a good percentage of Chicago, the ball that Bartman went after came off the bat of Luis Castillo. And while we are at it, we might as well replace the insert photo too.
And here is his Actual Error Card… with a sparkle thrown in on his elbow.