Quick Look: 1986 Topps Mike Trujillo “Teardrop” Variation

19 Jul

1986 Topps is not a variation-heavy issue from the junk era. Besides Roger Clemens, Tom Seaver and a handful of other common player variations, there isn’t much. A recent discovery of mine from about a year and a half ago affects card #687, Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Trujillo. On one version, a teardrop-shaped spot that is missing the black ink appears over his right shoulder.

Make no mistake, this is not an isolated printing flaw that I found a couple copies of. In fact, I find the corrected version to be scarcer (9 errors to 2 corrected so far). The recent discovery of this card suggests to me that I should probably be looking a little closer at my ’86s. I have a feeling that like 1990 and 1992 Topps, that there are many more variations to be uncovered.

3 Responses to “Quick Look: 1986 Topps Mike Trujillo “Teardrop” Variation”

  1. Russ July 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    If you don’t mind me asking what are the Clemens and Seaver variations? Absolutely love the site.

    • junkwaxgems July 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      Both Clemens and Seaver can be found with a large, light-blue swath in the upper border of the card where the team name is. Clemens’ is affected at top right while Seaver’s card is affected at top left.

      I’d do a post on those two variations but I do not have an image of either at this time.

      Glad you’re enjoying the site, please keep checking it out!

      • richtree September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

        Can anyone help me with a Clemens or Seaver “streak” variation.

        I have been looking for these for awhile now….thanks


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