The following 1991 Topps cards are presently known to be available with the A*B* print designation, although it is possible that other cards from the A* sheet are also available with the A*B* designation:
NNO 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes Insert/Game Card (individually coded 12345-12611)
NNO 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes Insert/Game Card (Topps reprints on front, scarce test issue)
NNO 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes Insert/Game Card ( ‘X’ and mailing address on front – Instant Winner)
2a George Brett RB incomplete circle around registration symbol on back
2b George Brett RB complete circle around registration symbol on back, touching text area
2c George Brett RB complete circle around registration symbol on back, away from text area
3a Carlton Fisk RB incomplete circle around registration symbol on back
3b Carlton Fisk RB complete circle around registration symbol on back
4a Kevin Maas RB incomplete circle around registration symbol on back
4b Kevin Maas RB complete circle around registration symbol on back
5a Cal Ripken Jr. RB E*F* print code
5b Cal Ripken Jr. RB F* print code
6a Nolan Ryan RB incomplete circle around registration symbol on back
6b Nolan Ryan RB complete circle around registration symbol on back
9a Darrin Fletcher missing print code on back
9b Darrin Fletcher F* print code on back
21a Joe Morgan MGR with 87 hits for Wade Boggs on back
21b Joe Morgan MGR with 187 hits on back, 1 printed higher than 87
21c Joe Morgan MGR with 187 hits on back, 1 printed lower than 87
21d Joe Morgan MGR with 187 hits on back, 187 aligned
22a Storm Davis with registration symbol above Topps logo on front
22b Storm Davis with partial registration symbol above Topps logo on front
22c Storm Davis with registration symbol removed from front
Well technically, it’s 6 different but we won’t get into back variations for this one. My favorite player of all-time is the focus of this ‘Quick Look,’ and also, it’s no coincidence that the card comes from the most error-packed issue in Topps’ history, the 1991 40th Anniversary set!
Rockin’ Robin’s card, #461, can be found in 3 different left border varieties: One, with a solid red left border. Two, with a red-with-gray overprinted left-hand border. Three, with a solid gray left border.
Thanks to the sharp eye of cincykid75 at the collector’s universe sports cards forum, there has been a lot of activity in the 1991 Topps Errors thread. Cincykid75 discovered a variation in Bert Blyleven’s card #615, a pretty major variation, actually. One version has MAJ. LEA. TOTALS in a larger font on back and another versions saw it shrunk down to match the font size of the statistics and other type on back.
This awesome find had me digging through my surplus of 1991 Topps commons and errors boxes. In the error box, I followed the logic behind the Blyleven card and looked at the bottom left corner of the back of nearly 5000 cards and was stopped dead when I noticed that Frank Tanana’s card #236 (already affected by an error) has a similar variation in the “269 with diamond” variety.
This leads me to believe that there are many more varieties on the backs of 1991 Topps cards. Though back-errors are usually less popular than front-errors, I think that the reputation the 1991 Topps set holds for variation collectors, makes it a very interesting challenge to uncover the others out there.
I sorted through almost 10,000 1991 Topps commons (or non-variation affected cards) and found a few surprises:
Mark Davidson’s card #678 can be found with the year digits in his stats “clipped” off at the left or with them fully printed. I’ve only found 2 copies of the fixed version to my 8 clipped ones.
Mickey Morandini’s card #342 can be found with a green Phillies team logo on front or with it’s correct burgundy logo. A very strange-looking variation when viewed in person.
And Rex Hudler’s card #228 seems to have originally been printed with a black line on front at lower right of the photo. It looks as though Topps made a few different attempts to airbrush and remove the offending bar, as varying degrees of it’s correction have surfaced.
I’m sure there are plenty more discoveries on their way soon. I’ll post the new stuff once it gets uncovered!