One of the nice nods about the Topps Heritage Baseball line is that it includes many nods to the past, not just with designs. For several years, Topps Heritage error short print variations have recreated mistakes from the past.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball has six such error variations. Below, we look to the 1964 Topps Baseball set, the one that inspired 2013 Topps Heritage, for the error precedents in hopes of giving collectors a head start on what to possibly look for. As with the past, don't expect the 2013 Topps Heritage error variations to pop out at you right away. Most are very subtle and tough to spot unless you know exactly what to look for.
1964 Topps Baseball Errors and Variations
Here's a list of the original 1964 Topps Baseball errors and variations collectors can expect to be recreated in 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball. While the 2013 Topps Heritage error variations are confirmed by number and player, the actual variations listed below are predictions.
1964 Topps Baseball had a very subtle variation on card 4, a league leaders card showcasing the top three American League pitchers when it came to wins. On the back, the word "PITCHING" can be found at the top with and without an apostrophe at the end.
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball features a similar AL leaders card with David Price, Jered Weaver and Matt Harrison. Expect the error version to have a similar variation.
Pete Rose's All-Star Rookie card is one of several uncorrected errors in 1964 Topps Baseball. On the back, the card says Charlie Hustle was born in 1942. In actuality, Rose was born in 1941.
Rangers pitcher, Yu Darvish, takes up the same spot on the 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball checklist. He was born in 1986. One should expect the error variation to have something similar, such as a 1987 birth year on the back.
Like Rose, the 1964 Topps Hector Lopez lists the incorrect birthday. The card says the former Yankee was born in 1932. In fact, Lopez was born three years earlier in 1929.
Rafael Betancourt has a 2013 Topps Heritage Error Variation on the same spot of the checklist. Betancourt was born in 1975. Precedent suggests the error may say he was born in 1978.
Don Mossi cards have an iconic place in the hobby, usually not for the most flattering of reasons. Yet again, the fact checkers at Topps made a mistake with a birthday. Mossi was born in 1929. His 1964 Topps Baseball card says it was 1930.
Jonny Venters is card 335 on the 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball checklist. The Braves pitcher was born in 1985. The error might say otherwise.
Another uncorrected birth year error, the 1964 Topps 355 Vic Power says he was born in 1931. However, by then Power was already four-years-old having been born in 1927.
Chris Tillman is the 2013 Topps Heritage Error Variation at this spot. His birth year is 1988.
You have to look close to spot the 1964 Topps Roberto Clemente error. On the back, draw your attention to his 1960 stat line. Apparently, the legend spent a year in a place called Pittsburfh before returning to this dimension's Pittsburgh. Like most 1964 Topps errors, this one wasn't corrected.
The 2013 Topps Heritage Error Variation in this spot belongs to Bryce Harper. Look carefully at the Washington stat line and see if it's spelled correctly.