1987 Topps Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist

4 May

4a Dave Lopes RB (RPD affecting the copyright line on back, several variants exist)

  • 4.1a 1985 Copyright on back **UNVERIFIED*
  • 4.2a 198? Copyright on back
  • 4.3a 1957 Copyright on back

4b Dave Lopes RB (correct)

92a Urbano Lugo (no TM on front)

92b Urbano Lugo (correct)

97a Glenn Wilson (incomplete circle around Phillies logo on front)

97b Glenn Wilson (correct)

99a Darryl Motley (RPD “NOW WI” on front

99b Darryl Motley (“NOW WITH BRAVES” on front)

104a Billy Sample (RPD missing border, upper left corner)

104b Billy Sample (correct)

128 Checklist (Woodgrain/Stain variations – four known)

170a Bo Jackson (RPD Missing top of R in FUTURE STARS on front)

170b Bo Jackson (correct)

191a Cardinals TL (black line through CAR on front)

191b Cardinals TL (correct)

208a John Shelby (black line through Orioles logo on front)

208b John Shelby (correct)

216a B.J. Surhoff (missing portion of black ink in FUTURE STARS on front)

216b B.J. Surhoff (correct)

223a Charlie Liebrandt

223b Charlie Liebrandt

226a Max Venable (green blotch at bottom left of photo)

226b Max Venable (blotch removed)

256a Royals TL / Brett (RPD blue squiggle above number)

256b Royals TL / Brett (correct)

259a Mike Greenwell (white scratch over chest)

259b Mike Greenwell (edited scratch, blue fill-in)

264 Checklist (Woodgrain/stain variations – 4 known)

311a Rickey Henderson TBC (Yellow date on front)

311b Rickey Henderson TBC (white date on front

312a Reggie Jackson TBC (Yellow date on front)

312b Reggie Jackson TBC (white date on front)

313a Roberto Clemente TBC (black name on front – no blue)

313b Roberto Clemente TBC (black and blue name on front)

320a Barry Bonds (thick black slash by name on front) *UNVERIFIED*

320b Barry Bonds (edited/faint black slash by name on front)

320c Barry Bonds (correct, no mark)

344a Joe Niekro (copyright inside stat box)

344b Joe Niekro (copyright outside stat box)

356a White Sox TL (RPD – thumbprint at top)

368b White Sox TL (correct)

368a John McNamara (black line in lower left border)

368b John McNamara (correct)

389a Jeff Robinson (true orange name box) **UNVERIFIED**

389b Jeff Robinson (red name box)

392 Checklist (Woodgrain/stain variations – 5 different known)

393a Pete Rose MGR (RPD – thick blue vertical strip down back of card)

393b Pete Rose MGR (name in white/no yellow in name on back)

393c Pete Rose MGR (correct)

448a Chris Bosio (red line on sleeve)

448b Chris Bosio (correct)

499a Bruce Ruffin (black line on shoulder)

499b Bruce Ruffin (correct)

499c Bruce Ruffin (border wedge behind AS Rookie Cup on front) **UNVERIFIED**

506a Orioles TL / Dempsey (full green blotch over Dempsey)

506b Orioles TL / Dempsey (partially airbrushed blotch over Dempsey)

506c Orioles TL / Demsey (correct, no blotch visible)

512a Dave Magadan (RPD Missing top of R in FUTURE STARS on front – two diff.)

512b Dave Magadan (correct)

522 Checklist (Woodgrain/stain variations – five known)

567a Greg Mathews (RPD red colored neck – likely an excess ink issue) **UNVERIFIED**

567b Greg Mathews (correct)

603a Dwight Gooden AS (no TM on front)

603b Dwight Gooden AS (correct)

606a Don Mattingly AS (no TM on front)

606b Don Mattingly AS (correct)

606a-616a A.L. All-Star Subjects (missing portions of black ink in eagle wing logo)

606b-616b A.L. All-Star Subjects (correctly printed eagle wing logo)

650a Hubie Brooks (black vertical line in left border)

650b Hubie Brooks (correct)

654 Checklist (Woodgrain/stain variations – four known)

671a Ray Soff (missing D* before copyright line)

671b Ray Soff (correct)

685a Jerry Hairston (incomplete border around White Sox logo)

685b Jerry Hairston (correct) **UNVERIFIED**

741a Paul Molitor (line between 1984 and 1985 Brewers stats)

741b Paul Molitor (line removed, gap between 1984 and 1985 Brewers stats)

741c Paul Molitor (line removed, no gap between 1984 and 1985 Brewers stats)

768a Dennis Lamp (blurred face in photo *not a shifted plate issue)

768b Dennis Lamp (clear, focused face in photo)

792 Checklist (Woodgrain/stain variations – three known)




14 Responses to “1987 Topps Errors & Variations: Ongoing Checklist”

  1. monarch2013 May 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    This should be your all-encompassing job now that we’re still quarantined as this site is the best reference out there. Great job all around!!

    • Dylan May 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

      Thank you, glad you’re enjoying the work. As for making this my all-encompassing job, that would require actually being paid for my time, work here, and my research expenses. In other words: currently accepting benefactors.

  2. JoJo May 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    I have a Barry Bonds card with a number of what looks like 320 or 820 but the first numeral is missing due to a print error. The correct number for this card is 120. Can anyone give me info about this card?

    • Dylan May 25, 2020 at 6:49 pm #

      Every copy of Bonds’ 1987 Topps card is number 320 and every copy has that small piece of black ink missing. No correction exists. Someone sold a copy as a variation and several eBay sellers jumped on it and listed their common 1987 Topps Barry Bonds cards hoping to trick buyers who don’t know any better.

  3. Frank July 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    Question I I have 1987 all stars some have yellow name on back some regular card color which is a error

    • Dylan July 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

      No player in the All-Stars subset has both versions. Some players got yellow names, other normal gray cardboard names. None were ever corrected.

  4. Todd Gatzke February 7, 2021 at 10:19 am #

    Anyone see a Bill Krueger error card with Bruce Sutter stats on back partial number 35 or 85 on one side and 7 on the other?

    • Dylan February 7, 2021 at 10:42 am #

      Yes, very common. Typical backdoored wrongback.

      • Todd Gatzke February 7, 2021 at 11:54 am #

        Thank you

  5. David Godley March 2, 2021 at 11:52 am #

    I have a error from the 1987 wood grain topps set no stats on the back of the card Rick Sutcliffe

    • Dylan March 13, 2021 at 5:37 pm #

      No stats or fully blank back?

      • David Godley March 13, 2021 at 5:46 pm #

        It has the yellow mark with not printed stats

  6. AJ February 10, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

    i have a Barry Bonds #320 with a blank white front and do not see it mentioned in the list.

    • Dylan February 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm #

      As mentioned many times throughout the site, blank fronts, blank backs, wrong fronts, etc are not considered to be part of a master set since most of it was printers scrap removed from the printers illegally. Most of it, not all. But once again, collect what you like, make your own master set rules.

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