1991 Topps A*B* Sheet Code Variations: Ongoing Checklist

28 Oct
This impressive look at 1991 Topps A*B* variations comes courtesy of JunkWaxGems contributor, Eric, a fellow E&V collector with an impressive collection:

“As if 1991 Topps has not already confounded collectors enough with its broad range of errors, variations, and printing oddities, one print variation may even eclipse the tough-to-find Mark Whiten, Drabek and Hoiles errors in scarcity.

It is well known that the backs of some 1991 Topps cards were printed with both a bold red 40th Anniversary” design behind the player stats and a more faded version that makes the card back easier to read.  All cards that were printed on the A* and B* sheets can be found with both bold and faded backs.  However, some of the cards from that A* sheet can also be found with an A*B* print designation at the bottom of the back of the card. 

This variation has ONLY been seen on cards with the bold “40th Anniversary” back and any cards with this variation have proven to be incredibly scarce.  In fact, these cards are so rare that it has been difficult to compile a complete listing.

The following 1991 Topps cards are presently known to be available with the A*B* print designation, although it is possible that other cards from the A* sheet are also available with the A*B* designation:

#13 – Mariano Duncan
#54 – Gary Mielke
#63 – Milt Thompson
#72 – Junior Ortiz
#76 – Jerry Browne
#83 – Daryl Boston
#120 – Joe Carter
#123 – Greg Harris
#153 – Bryan Harvey
#155 – Dwight Evans (error version only)
#170 – Carlton Fisk
#177 – Reggie Harris
#178 – Dave Valle
#190 – Matt Williams
#192 – Rob Deer
#193 – Felix Fermin
#213 – Frank Wills
#216 – Greg Gagne
#223 – Allan Anderson
#237 – Rick Cerone
#242 – Mike LaCoss
#248 – Tom Gordon
#250 – Dennis Eckersley
#265 – Mark Gubicza
#270 – Mark McGwire (correct version only)
#272 – Jeff King
#284 – Billy Spiers
#290 – Steve Sax
#297 – Manny Lee
#312 – Charlie Hayes
#314 – Gary Pettis
#317 – Mike Fitzgerald
#345 – Len Dykstra
#382 – Mackey Sasser
#384 – Gerald Perry
#422 – Rick Reuschel
#440 – George Bell
#453 – Bill Schroeder
#454 – Kevin Appier (error version only)
#463 – Dwight Smith
#475 – Teddy Higuera
#478 – Kurt Stillwell
#480 – Dave Magadan
#481 – Eddie Whitson
#509 – Glenallen Hill
#532 – Kirk McCaskill
#538 – Bip Roberts
#584 – Kevin Brown
#595 – Bill Landrum
#610 – Andres Galarraga
#622 – Jack Daugherty
#642 – Hal Morris
#644 – Chuck Crim
#650 – Jack Clark
#664 – John Farrell
#667 – Kent Anderson
#677 – Bill Ripken
#716 – Bob Geren
#718 – Steve Crawford
#756 – Jeff Huson
#781 – Daryl Hamilton
#783 – Joel Skinner
#785 – Scott Fletcher

If this wasn’t enough, there is also another variation from the A* and B* sheets where the light pink area behind the biographical information on the back of the card is printed in the same dark red color as the rest of the red card back.  This seems to be more common on the B* sheet, and again, is only found on cards with the bold red “40th Anniversary” back.  At present, there has not yet been an attempt to catalog these variations so it is unknown how many cards from these sheets were affected by this variation.”

A huge “thanks” to Eric for digging this out, doing the research and this thorough write-up.

I can safely say that throughout my many 1991 Topps phases, I have opened more of the product than most people would be able to rationalize . I have broken countless boxes, sets, and sorted through hundreds of thousands of loose 1991 Topps singles found in miscellany and junk boxes and have turned just about every copy over as well: these variations (Daryl Boston excluded) are hands down the rarest of the issue. I’ve come across many Mark Whiten, Drabek and Hoiles errors, yet have never held a copy of these A*B* variations. While patience will usually bring out the “big three” previously mentioned, less than ten copies of this variety have ever been offered for sale!

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10 Responses to “1991 Topps A*B* Sheet Code Variations: Ongoing Checklist”

  1. Robert June 18, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    My friends and I would like to know what were the odds of getting a misprint/error card in the 1990′s ? 1:50,000 or higher

    • Dylan July 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      I don’t have any idea where to begin with this.

  2. Adam shugan September 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I was going through my collection and I must have found something ultra rare. It is a #83 Daryl Boston a* b* print code without the bold red Tops 40!

    • Dylan December 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Boston is the one “common” A*B* variation, sorry.

      • Adam shugan December 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

        Even without the bold Topps 40 logo?

  3. Adam December 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    For some reason today I thought about my 1991 Topps Don Mattingly that I actually found the error myself (probably 20 years ago) while just looking through the stats. I think it was the hits on one was different than the other. I googled it just now and found this site. Is the error card worth anything? I’ve always wondered if it was.

  4. Eric January 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Just wanted to quickly post a note to say that I believe that the above list of 63 A*B* variations is complete. It appears that the variations only exist on the first six rows (or top half) of the A* sheet. That would be 66 total cards (11 columns, 6 rows). However, three of the 66 cards are manager cards (Roger Craig, Nick Leyva and Don Zimmer) which I do not believe have this variation.

  5. Eric January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Adam, let me check what I have. Daryl Boston is the exception to all the A*B* rules, but let me make sure that I see it without the bold “40″ as well….

  6. Scotto February 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Hoping for some help here. I came across a card from the 91 topps ML Debut set. Its Charles Nagy #114 and its an A*b* sheet variation. I’d love to know if this was a reprint from a later year or a legit ab sheet

  7. Ben North February 22, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    When going through some 91 Topps today I found card #9 Darrin Fletcher with and with out the F* sheet code. It is on the regular non bold back.

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