Quick Look: 1987 Topps Turn Back the Clock Yellow Date Variations

17 Mar

One of the rarer and more interesting variations that can be found in 1987 Topps, are the Turn Back the Clock subset cards showing a yellow, rather than white, date in the bottom right corner. Only a handful of these have shown up over the years and are only cataloged (or even mentioned) in the 1990-1991 Dick Gilkeson Error & Variation guides. Although all 5 subjects are listed as having this variation, I can only account for Reggie Jackson (5 times over), Roberto Clemente (1 copy), and Rickey Henderson (1 copy), meaning that I have yet to a Carl Yazstrzemski or Maury Wills at this point.

I find these especially interesting since they harken back to the 1957 and 1969 Topps yellow/white variations. Considering how many 1987 Topps cards were produced, these yellow date varieties a true needle-in-a-haystack find.


5 Responses to “Quick Look: 1987 Topps Turn Back the Clock Yellow Date Variations”

  1. sharian bonner October 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I have 1 copy of Reggie Jackson-1977 2 copies of Rickey Henderson-1982 and 3 copies of Roberto Clemente-1972. All these cards are Turn Back The Clock.

  2. Chuck July 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I have a Jackson and a Henderson. Wonder if any others besides those and Clemente exist?

  3. cl_kyle March 28, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I have Yaz/Wills with partial yellow, but not as blatant as the Jackson example above. Seems like a shift of the yellow plate, since they’re in the same shape as the outline of the ‘white’ number.

    • Ben North June 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

      That is because these are not real error cards. They just have a yellow ink print offset.

  4. Mike Difiore December 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    Ive found four variations on Maury Wills including a yellow date but its a yellow over run . It looks very similar next to the Henderson yellow date .

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