The photo is not of Ellsworth, who was a pitcher. It’s Ken Hubbs, who was a promising Golden Glove second baseman and NL Rookie of the Year in 1962. This is Hubbs’ 1963 Topps Baseball card.
As you can see, Topps used the insert photo, outlined in the green box, from this card for Ellsworth’s 1966 card. All of this is rather bizarre as in a tragic turn of events, Hubbs was killed in a plane crash, at the age of 22, prior to the 1964 MLB season. Topps even issued a memorandum card for Hubbs in 1964.
How his1963 insert image wound up in a release three years later is odd.
And this is the 2015 Heritage error mimic card.
Sale’s image has been replaced with another pitcher, Jose Quintana.
But wouldn’t it have been cool if Topps had gotten closer to the original error. And no… we are not suggesting using another player who passed away a few years prior in tragic circumstances. But we are suggesting using the White Sox’s second baseman who appeared in 2012 Topps Heritage. Well… at least in the High Series release, Gordon Beckham.
Using the same (OK.. not really because we couldn’t find it) image as his insert photo, here is what that error card would have looked like.
Infielder photo replacing a pitcher's photo being the theme. Not Pitcher for a Pitcher.All of this is a bit nit picky, but in thinking about it, going with the Cubs still would have been the preferred route. They could have gone with the Cubs young, promising shortstop from a few years ago, Starlin Castro.
So here is Travis Wood from this year’s Heritage.
And now using that actual insert photo from Castro's 2012 Heritage card, here is the error card.
It's a sharp looking card too. But if you want to go with a LITERAL mimic, Topps could have gone with the Cubs second baseman from 2012, Golden Glove award winner (just like Hubbs) Darwin Barney.
Action Image variations, but for an error mimic card it matches player, positions and teams which makes it a perfect error card in our book. And in a further probably unintended match, Barney is not longer playing for the Cubs. No tragic circumstance here, he is just with the Dodgers now.