1989 Topps Baseball Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist

23 Jun

27a Orestes Destrade E*F* before copyright*

27b Orestes Destrade F* before copyright

*Some copies have been found with solid black name/team banner – printing flaw*

62a Alfredo Griffin red bar over photo in top right border

62b Alfredo Griffin red bar partially airbrushed

62c Alfredo Griffin red bar removed entirely

70a Mark McGwire thin red line through left of name banner (above M in MARK)

70b Mark McGwire thin red line removed

151a Terry McGriff background of name/team banner partially printed in white

151b Terry McGriff background of name/team banner printed entirely gray

167a Steve Searcy large gap between hat and Future Stars header

167b Steve Searcy small gap between hat and Future Stars header

212a Scott Sanderson dashed black right side border

212b Scott Sanderson solid black right side border

233a Gregg Jefferies larger gap between hat and Future Stars header

233b Gregg Jefferies smaller gap between hat and Future Stars header

303a Felix Fermin *F* before copyright on back*

303b Felix Fermin F* before copyright on back*

*Various printing variations affect the stripe color on Fermin’s sleeve. Red striped sleeves appear to be scarcest*

343a Gary Sheffield white line at bottom of photo with ghosted image “343” in bottom left corner

343b Gary Sheffield white line removed, Topps logo higher up on card

343c Gary Sheffield white line removed, Topps logo lower on card

348a Ed Hearn blue streak across face *UNCONFIRMED*

348b Ed Hearn streak removed from front

403a Kirby Puckett AS white blob over E in League on front

403b Kirby Puckett AS white blob removed from front

456a Tim Belcher white Dodgers name/team banner

456b Tim Belcher gray Dodgers name/team banner

469a Jose Bautista yellow wedge in top orange border at left

469b Jose Bautista solid orange top border

582a Mike Marshall full red blotch on sleeve

582b Mike Marshall partial red blotch on sleeve

582c Mike Marshall red blotch removed entirely

588a Luis Alicea E*F* on back

588b Luis Alicea F* on back *UNCONFIRMED*

594a Jimy Williams white area in J in Blue Jays on front

594b Jimy Williams blue area in J in Blue Jays on front

605a Bob Welch missing pitcher’s stat heading text on back

605b Bob Welch pitcher’s stat heading text included on back

648a Sandy Alomar Jr. large gap between hat and Future Stars header

648b Sandy Alomar Jr. smaller gap between hat and Future Stars header

662a Lou Brock TBC red line down sleeve on front

662b Lou Brock TBC red line poorly airbrushed

662c Lous Brock TBC red line completely airbrushed

665a Tony Oliva TBC missing copyright line on back

665b Tony Oliva TBC copyright line included on back

665c Tony Oliva TBC copyright line blacked-out on back *UNCONFIRMED*

689a Stan Jefferson solid pink triangle on front, bottom left

689b Stan Jefferson partial pink, partial purple triangular shape on front, bottom left

689c Stan Jefferson mostly purple triangular shape on front, bottom left*

689d Stan Jefferson solid blue triangle on front

*Ratio of pink to purple varies*

691a Roberto Kelly white Yankees name/team banner on front

691b Roberto Kelly gray Yankees name/team banner on front

697a Franklin Stubbs white Dodgers name/team banner on front

697b Franklin Stubbs gray Dodgers name/team banner on front

711a Candy Sierra background of name/team banner partially printed in white

711b Candy Sierra background of name/team banner entirely gray

714a Joe Morgan MGR white blotch/mark over chest on front

714b Joe Morgan MGR blotch.mark over chest airbrushed grayish-blue

726a Dickie Thon yellow wedge in top orange border on front

726b Dickie Thon solid orange border on front

732a Steve Beuchele left-leaning pink mark over Topps logo on front

732b Steve Beuchele vertical pink mark over Topps logo on front

732c Steve Beuchele right-leaning pink mark over Topps logo on front

732d Steve Beuchele horizontal pink mark next to Topps logo on front

732e Steve Beuchele pink mark removed from front

741a Ken Phelps white Yankees name/team banner on front

741b Ken Phelps gray Yankees name/team banner on front

742a Mike Harkey larger gap between hat and Future Stars header

742b Mike Harkey smaller gap between hat and Future Stars header

750a Bret Saberhagen pink and black blotch/marks under right elbow on front

750b Bret Saberhagen pink and black blotch/marks partially airbrushed away

750c Bret Saberhagen pink and black blotch/marks completely removed

764a Robin Ventura red bar under photo in bottom right border

764b Robin Ventura red bar partially airbrushed

764c Robin Ventura red bar entirely removed

*Card backs can be found in a faint pink with red color combination or in an almost solid, dark red color, typically considered a printing/inking variety not essential to a master set*

**Several cards, specifically the Pirates, Giants and Reds, can be found with very dark team/name banners. They have been consistently found in this printing variety so frequently that it suggests a possible design change by Topps, however, at this point, I do not find them worth listing individually*

***Manager cards can occasionally be found with a thick black vertical stripe on back. This is because they are one of the few subsets with vertically oriented backs, the stripe is a remnant of the normally horizontal design that was poorly removed before printing***

****A single blackless uncut sheet was recently discovered, sold and cut up into individual cards and resold. No others have surfaced as of this posting**

*****Blank fronts and wrong back/fronts for this set are extremely common, more so than most Topps issues, however, blank backs are fairly scarce and hardly ever show up for sale.****

Offer / Advertisement Inserts

NNOa white cardstock

NNOb gray cardstock

NNOc blank back (gray cardstock – Topps BIG issue)

Glossy All-Stars

1-22a * before copyright on back, white cardstock

1-22b * before copyright on back, gray cardstock

1-22c ** before copyright on back, white cardstock

1-22d ** before copyright on back, gray cardstock

Glossy Rookies

1-22a * before copyright on back, white cardstock

1-22b * before copyright on back, gray cardstock

1-22c ** before copyright on back, white cardstock

1-22d ** before copyright on back, gray cardstock

Traded

31a Darrell Evans pitching stat headers on back

31b Darrell Evans batting stat headers on back **DOES NOT EXIST**

24 Responses to “1989 Topps Baseball Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist”

  1. Lester Bach July 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    I recently went through six vending cases of 1989 Topps. I did find a Jack Howell error that is not on this list yet. As for the dark team and name banner error, I found both in an equal ratio. The Pirates team is the most obvious. I did not keep any of these errors and sold them as commons. They will be repackaged in after market packs and on the shelves within a month. Some eBayers are selling these errors as rare. Les

    • Dylan July 20, 2011 at 12:34 am #

      What’s the error on the Howell?

      Also, congrats on balanced colation of the inking varieties. Some have appeared to be rarer than others in the past.

  2. Eric July 20, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Les,

    Did you find any versions of the Alicea card that didn’t have the E*F* on back? I’m starting to wonder whether this was ever corrected.

  3. dandrix6060 August 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Can anyone shed some light on the 1989 Star Co Hensley Meulens (card #99) (St.Petersburg )error. I have both error and corrected The corrected card lists (albany) on the front. I have never seen
    anyone selling it nor can i find any real info on it. See Pic..

    http://dandrix6060.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/rare-1989-star-co-hensley-meulens-99-2/

    • Dylan September 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      Hi,

      I know very little about the Meulens variation. It’s quite interesting and as always, thanks for providing a scan. Hopefully others out there will post some info on it.

  4. paul March 4, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    i just sold the tony oliva tbc 3rd version that you have as unconfrimed, with the black box on the back …i have pics still and it does exist

    • Dylan March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      Can you share a scan and/or sale price? Thanks!

      • Brian February 19, 2016 at 3:21 am #

        I found the Oliva “blacked out” version #665c in my childhood collection. Not sure how to post my photo, but if you are still interested I can send it to you. Can’t find a value or copy for sale anywhere, though, wonder what’s it’s worth?

      • Dylan February 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

        Hi Brian, I would love a copy. Send me an email at jacksoncoupage@yahoo.com and we can discuss further. Thank you!

  5. Joe March 25, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I have the Tony Oliva error on Ebay right now at $5 with pics

  6. Joe April 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I have 25000 loose 89 topps cards that i recently organized and went thru each card with 2 friends on average of 25-30 copies of each card and picked out a constant variation on almost every card. started listing them as long as i could find atleast 3 copies of the error.im still in the process of finishing them but plan on puttin all cards up on ebay with scans shortly

  7. Edward Molleur January 16, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    I have a Topps 1989 baseball card # 613 with both Gary Versho’s stats on the back and Ken Williams picture on the front. Is this a rare card. In mint condition. I also have the corrected # 613 with Gary’s pic.

  8. Brian March 15, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    just found Boggs #399 with and without a yellow circle just below his right elbow. Print code F* on both

  9. cl_kyle September 9, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Is the description on the 403 Puckett AS correct? I’ve seen a white blob over the N in American, but never either E in League.

    • Eric October 29, 2013 at 6:46 am #

      I noticed the same thing – I have never seen a mark over the E but do have versions with a mark over the N.

  10. Dwayne Carter December 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    i have almost 200 Sheffield RCs. from my stack, there doesn’t seem to be much scarcity to any of the variations. anyone have pics? i’m working on scanning a bunch of errors for a new site, as this one seems to have died.

    • jeremiah erickson January 1, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      What is the site you go to?

  11. Jeremiah Erickson April 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    I just went through all of my 1989 Topps and found the following… The Future Stars cards with the wider gap between the top of hat and text are definitely much scarcer based on my findings. As something along the lines of 1 out of 7 when looking at Mike Harkey and Steve Searcy had the larger image on front as i went through the cards I acquired a few years back. Interesting to know how that sustains itself when when works through much larger quantities as I am sure it is case dependent as my cards were from varied sources. One other thing that i did stumble onto was that #244 Jim Acker on the back seemed to have a recurring print flaw where the solid black line below the IM in JIM was smeared. I had two with the smear and one without. I wonder how frequently that printing flaw variation occurred. Three cards isn’t enough to determine a trend.

    • Jeremiah Erickson April 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      One additional note is I have a #287 Juan Nieves that has a yellow line across the top just above the orange frame on the card that is similar to some of the other printing variations found in the set.

      • Jeremiah Erickson October 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

        I have obtained more Nieves and know believe it was just a garden variety printing flaw wherein the printing plates did not align properly. It was not a trend as some others are.

  12. Chris Pratt May 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I recently opened two 1989 Topps vending boxes I bought at a show last year, and found one of them to be stuffed with many of these variations variations – a pink triangle Jefferson, a Welch, two Sheffields with the white line and ghosting and two other variations that aren’t listed here – #253 Jose Alvarez and #271 Jay Tibbs – Tibbs is located directly above Alvarez on the B* sheet, and a magenta semi-circle seems is imprinted from the lower edge of the Tibbs card to the Upper edge of the Alvarez. I pulled two of each, and compared them with corrected versions I had in sets. I have a pic on the flickr stream – https://flic.kr/p/nEw7kp

    • Jeremiah Erickson June 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      That is really cool! I like the way that you showed the cards together. I know I never ran across that.

  13. Jeremiah Erickson December 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I call it the “Shoot Out” printing flaw variation.

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