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.