2013 Topps Archives Baseball New Errors Variations Guide
A few things in 2013 Topps Archives Baseball don't look quite right. And it's meant to be that way. Five 2013 Topps Archives Baseball New Errors are an insert-variation hybrid that pays homage to a handful of notable mistakes from the past. Well, there are four errors and an updated version of an extremely rare card that wasn't intended to be distributed to the public.
Inserted 1:1,717 packs, the New Errors are tough to find. If you're flipping quickly through your cards, they can be easy to miss as well.
Below is a detailed look at each of the 2013 Topps Archives Baseball New Errors as well as the cards that inspired them.
2013 Topps Archives Baseball New Errors Guide
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Based on: 1957 Topps Hank Aaron #20
The 1957 Topps Hank Aaron shows a flipped image of the power-hitting legend. Not only is Aaron standing wrong, but if you look closely you can see the four on the front of his jersey reversed as well. The 2013 Topps Archives New Errors Jason Heyward is much easier to spot. Both the writing on the front of his jersey and hat are clearly in the wrong direction.
Based on: 1982 Topps Blackless Johnny Bench #400
For some mysterious reason, half of the 1982 Topps Baseball set has some rare Blackless variations that are missing black ink. Johnny Bench was one of them. The easiest way to spot most of these is the lack of facsimile signature. Joey Votto's New Errors card recreates this mistake.
The 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name on Front remains one of the hobby's greatest mysteries. It's also one of the most coveted early-90s cards, bolstered by the fact that it's an error centered on one of baseball's all-time greats. The mistake is simple: Thomas' name was left off the front of a handful of his cards. Chris Sale gets the same fate for his New Errors variation. The card also has the #1 Draft Pick icon, which isn't on his regular card.
Based on: 1985 Topps Gary Pettis #497
That's not Dylan Bundy! And that's not Gary Pettis. The baseball card landscape is riddled with cards featuring someone other than the player named on the front. It's one of the most embarrassing of mistakes. In 1985, Topps put Gary Pettis' brother Lynn on his card. Likewise, the 2013 Topps Archives New Errors Dylan Bundy pictures the young pitcher's brother, Bobby Bundy, who is part of Baltimore's farm system. In a nod to the Pettis card, Bobby is resting his finger on his chin.
Based on: 1990 Topps George Bush #USA1
In 1990, Topps produced a small run of cards for President Bush. They were a gift and not intended to be packed out. Although not an error, the card has become iconic given its rarity and back story. For 2013 Topps Archives Baseball, it's his son, George W. Bush, who gets the 1990 Topps treatment.