A few surprises in store in 2010 Topps baseball

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The 2010 Topps Baseball set has leaked onto retail store shelves in the last week or so in some parts of the country in advance of its hobby release date on Wednesday.

And we already know that the set will be full of surprise variation cards much like last year.

But one reader — James Wilson of Deltona, Fla. — got his hands on some Topps early and noted an unusual Francisco Cervelli card — one we’re not yet sure is just mis-numbered or some kind of SP gimmick.

It’s card No. 422 in the set — which technically makes it a Series 2 card. It’s not on the checklists, so we’ll just have to wait and see how many show up on the market.

(Likely reasons it might be a gimmick card? It’s a Yankee, and the pie-to-the-face photo — the pies became a Yankees tradition so to speak last year.)

In fact, it appears that at least two other Yankees have a pie-card variant … so could they all have one? We’ll have to wait and see.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

4 Comments

  1. Kevin
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget the logomen cards, they look like
    1/1’s but are not…they arn’t even real patch
    cards.

    …and kudos to topps for taking care of hobby shops and making sure that they got 2010 topps
    first instead of retail stores.

  2. Posted January 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    There are also “pie in the face” gimmick cards of Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira, and a Photoshopped Yankee card of Curtis Granderson.

    And surprise, surprise, they’re all Yankees.

  3. houstoncollector
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    @Kevin

    Um, was that sarcasm? Target got the cards almost 2 weeks before Hobby shops, and HTA boxes are still delayed.

    BTW, there’s also at least 2 Target-specific variations with grey backs adn older Topps logos.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Two weeks? Not quite. They arrived at retail in some places last week and are set to arrive at hobby tomorrow. (Roughly one week early to retail.)

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