Error-maniaWritten by Steve on October 7th, 2008
Here we go, another pack of 1991 Topps:
- #303 Mike Boddicker
- #562 Jeff Kunkel
- #603a Wes Chamberlain (Rookie) (Error) (see update at bottom)
- #254 Shawn Boskie (Rookie)
- #70 Ellis Burks
- #176 John Orton
- #342 Mickey Morandini (Rookie)
- #103 Tim Costo (Draft Pick) (Rookie)
- #95 Paul Molitor
- #746 John Shelby
- #340 Ramon Martinez
- #29 Bob Walk
- #134 Kevin Elster
- #353 Tony Castillo
- #94 John Dopson
Baseball card collecting has gone through many trends and manias over the years. Today, autograph and relic “hits” are all the rage. Back in 1991, however, everyone was getting giddy about error cards. What fueled the error card craziness was Topps’ insistance on correcting all the errors, leading to several versions of many cards.
The Wes Chamberlain card I got today was one of the most sought-after 1991 Topps error cards, probably because of the magnitude of the error. The player pictured on the card is in fact, NOT Wes Chamberlain. It’s actually a picture of Louie Meadows.
Back in 1991, the Wes Chamberlain error card was fetching about a dollar on the market. Today you’d be lucky to find a buyer willing to give you a couple dimes for it.
UPDATE 4/6/2012: Beckett is wrong here… that really is Wes Chamberlain on the card!