Honest Abe's 2010 Topps cameo comes courtesy of Milton Bradley's card

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Earlier this year, Topps teased the fact that a short-printed variation in its 2010 Baseball set included Abraham Lincoln.

And thanks to a 33-year-old New York collector one card has been confirmed.

Rare versions of card No. 306 in the set has “Baseball Abe” and Lincoln’s face on the scoreboard — instead of the standard card’s “baseball notes” on the scoreboard behind a diving Milton Bradley.

Brian Lalonde said he discovered the card in a jumbo pack he bought at a Walmart in Ogdensburg, N.Y.

“There are only two of these known in existence as of right now,” Lalonde wrote in an email to Beckett Media on Thursday. “Mine and one other that I found online.

“I have contacted Topps and they assured me that it is a super-rare card and they will not give me any more information about it.  They won’t give me a print run or anything.  It seems that they are being very secretive.”

Topps and other card companies have produced unusual variation cards in several sets in recent years in an effort to add some fun factor and some chases that might draw in the typical non-collector. In this case, Topps is letting the collectors discover and chatter about their finds rather than say “they’re out there and there are this many.”

That, too, adds to the enigma of such unusual — and rare — cards.

Surely there will be more than two known copies of this card once collectors start digging through their 2010 Topps cards looking for the card of a slugger who didn’t exactly tear it up in The Windy City last year and who hasn’t had kind words for his time there, either, according to an ESPN interview this week.

But all that isn’t sparking Lalonde to sell off his new-found, albeit unusual, treasure.

“I am not sure what I am going to do with this card yet,” he said. “The collector in me many times overrides the investor.  This seems to be a pretty special card and if it is what I hope it is, I plan to hang onto this card for a very long time.”

Update: At least three other Lincoln variation cards have since been confirmed. See the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Interesting … Abe Lincoln on a card of Milton Bradley who essentially claimes all of Chicago is racist. Love it.

  2. Brian Lalonde
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Very nice write up Mr. Olds. Thank you very much. You’ve been a big help today. Kudos to Beckett and your staff.

  3. Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Well, he’s on this card because of the connection between Abe and the Milton Bradley who manufactured board games.

  4. Posted March 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I have the other known card. Looking forward to future news about this one!


  5. Mike Luciano
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I have the 3rd known variation.The 1st on Ebay at that.

  6. kevin
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    JUST PULLED ONE MYSELF IN A “hotbox”.. in fact pulled over 40 sp’s!!! and several GLOSSYS at locol target store..

  7. kevin
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Matt- why not share it?? LOL….

  8. kevin
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I pulled 94 SP in a gravity box from Target!!! Including 5 pie cards/ and this Milton!! Several of my cards were glossys as well… what’s the word on these???

  9. kevin
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    We are now up to 4 players that have ABE on the card!! Tyler Colvin, Ryan Dempster, and Jeff Samardzija… along with Milton Bradley!..

  10. Posted March 12, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    There are a few more that have been found in the last few days … I found this one below shortly after seeing it for auction on ebay so I know 2 exist.

    JEFF SAMARDZIJA (Take a look under his throwing arm – The Abe Lincoln SP card is on the right hand side in the image below and is a lighter shade. Do not know if the shade difference is on purpose or not)

    The others that have been confirmed are Ryan Dempster # 135, abe takes place of ump in background (For sale on ebay) & Rookie Tyler Colvin # 326, abe is in dugout.

    Derek Lee card looks like a prime candidate for an abe sighting.

  11. Paul
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I guess they are putting Presidents on cards again to spark interest? What a shock. :) Good news to those who pull one early and sell it during the hype.

  12. Posted March 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I have 1 + it will be the first to end on ebay auction style…ending monday night

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