With the first batches of 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball starting to surface, some collectors were noticing something odd about the backs of random cards. What may have, at first, seemed like an unintentional printing error now looks like something more. Topps has opted for a new sort of retro parallel of sorts. 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Gum Damage Back parallels are more than just random streaky marks on the back. They smell like bubble gum.
The "gum stains" aren't all exactly alike on the back. Rather, they're more like an application added to the card.
Early reports suggest that the 2015 Topps Heritage Gum Damage Backs are short printed, averaging about six to eight per 12-box case.
Topps hasn't officially acknowledged their existence (Update: they did on March 4), although a tweet that came in the midst of a discussion as to whether the cards were intentional or not suggests they are.
Remember when gum came in packs? Did your cards every end up smelling like gum?
— Topps Company (@toppscards) March 3, 2015
What do you think? Yay or nay to these scratch and sniff Gum Damage Backs?