Quick Look: 1991 Topps Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf “Smiling” Photo Variation

25 Apr

This card was only recently checked off my list after nearly 15 years of sporadic hunting for it. For an image of it even! For me, this niche corner of the hobby is like fishing: I find out about, learn about, hear whispers of a variation and I chase after it but I have no intention of keeping. This card is a perfect example. Easily in my top-10 most elusive Topps variations, I just don’t feel the need to own it despite the fact that it is an unbelievably scarce junk era item. One reason being is that it is a withdrawn card. Another is that it comes from the second series of a product that was already experiencing a drop in collectors/collecting activity after three (3!!) printings of series one (excluding the deluxe/tiffany factory set issues). And it is a drastic change from 1st to 2nd printing: the image, its tone and size of subject are very different from one another, something not seen very often in post-1960s Topps issues.

There are four other very short printed errors changed early in the second series set and three confirmed in the third series set. I will update with info as it comes in.

2 Responses to “Quick Look: 1991 Topps Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf “Smiling” Photo Variation”

  1. monarch2013 August 22, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

    I have so many of these unopened boxes. I guess I finally have a reason to go through them!

  2. Zack Stair November 12, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Here is a link to Getty Images copyrighted smiling Schwarzkopf original photo from August 31, 1990. https://www.gettyimages.dk/detail/news-photo/general-norman-schwarzkopf-commander-in-chief-during-the-news-photo/607443470
    Did not see the replacement photo….Enjoy.
    Random tidbit from the Getty images it looks like his father was on the investigative team of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping with J. Edgar Hoover…

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