1992 Topps Blackless (Missing Ink) Variations

29 Mar

A recent trip to the card shop in search of some junk boxes yielded one1992 Topps Wax Box and one 1997 Score Hobby Reserve Box (complete waste of money). The Topps box was quite a score because almost every other pack had two Match The Stats game cards, which were the primary reason for the purchase. But in the last quarter of packs, these two cards popped out:

The same or a very similar printing aberration caused the infamous 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name On Front and the subsequent neighbor findings. Originally believed to be a piece of debris, some type of liquid prevented the black ink from printing correctly in the specific area of the sheet.

These two cards, Gary Sheffield and Milt Thompson, both come from the C* sheet and were the only two like this. Notice that they appear to be connected, though it’s entirely possible that between one and nine cards between the two have some degree of missing black ink. I thoroughly checked over both the fronts and backs of all C* cards finding a lone copy of David Howard’s card that appears to be missing very small amounts of black ink where the team bar meets the right border. Aside from that, most cards appeared to be in good health.

Previous to this, the only card from 1992 Topps known to be missing it’s black ink, was Chipper Jones’ Prospects card. Copies have popped up here and there over the years without any black ink on back.

Sadly, this was also the dealer’s only box. I know my box did not contain all 132 C* subjects so the possibility remains that others are out there. I’m very interested to hear if anyone else has found these or other subjects.

5 Responses to “1992 Topps Blackless (Missing Ink) Variations”

  1. Ray Taylor February 23, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I collect Mariners (don’t ask), and I noticed the 1992 Donruss #525 Jeff Schaefer is actually a picture of Tino Martinez. No scan but can be easily found on the internet. Notice Tino’s number 13 on his back.

  2. russ July 19, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    i have a few cards of the 1992 topps with (topps in white ) email me at rhess242@aol.com an ill send u pics i dont have a scaner an as i see i have about 10 with blackless topps

    • Dylan August 2, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      I’m not sure what you are descibing, but feel free to send scans my way.

      When posting about a possible new variation or responding to confirm the existence of a variation in question, please provide a link to an image of card(s) or email scans directly to me: jacksoncoupage@yahoo.com

      This way, I will be able to help answer your question and/or post an entry on this blog to help shed light on the variety.

  3. Chris Pratt April 5, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I just found a 1992 Topps Mike Scioscia missing the black ink in the lower right corner – it impacts the gray box under the “Dodgers” name (so the blue Dodgers is printed over a box that is half white), the black outlines of the blue and white inner borders, and his left foot. It’s from the A* sheet, so not connected to the examples here. I went through the 1,200 or so other ’92s I have, and this seems to be the only one missing black.

    • Dylan April 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      Nice find! I saw that you posted this is the CU boards. I would’ve chimed in but I no longer have my log-in info for the boards and the moderators will not provide me with a password reset. For whatever reason, they couldn’t verify my email or something. But I digress…

      Very cool to see another from this set. I do think there are other major varieties to be uncovered from 1992 and 1993 Topps. Hopefully, more of these examples and other similar ones start to pop up.

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