Is This a Record for the Most Errors on a Baseball Card?

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To put it bluntly, the 2020 Topps Total Gary Sanchez is a mess.

And it might set a record for having the most mistakes ever on a baseball card.

A little background on the card. It’s number 173 on the 2020 Topps Total Baseball checklist. The card is part of the online product’s second wave.

2020 Topps Total Baseball Gary Sanchez Error

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. That’s not Gary Sanchez on the front. It looks nothing like him, either. And he never played for the Pirates and he’s a catcher. Who is it? We’ll get to that in a bit. It’s actually part of a bigger problem that spans two more cards.

Up next? How about that team logo. Sanchez is definitely not a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s a New York Yankee — and probably one of the most popular players on the team.

Strike two.

Let’s move to the bottom of the card and the rookie logo. The two-time All-Star was a rookie back in 2016.

If you’re keeping score, that’s three errors on the card front. The photo isn’t even a mix-up with a teammate. The only thing “Gary Sanchez” about this Gary Sanchez card on the front is his name.

Just to make things more curious, it looks like Sanchez’s parallels in the set turned out just fine. That’s him in the photo (and it’s a solid action shot at that), he’s on the Yankees and he’s not a rookie.

Same with Cervelli

Moving down the 2020 Topps Total checklist to #174, Francisco Cervelli, and you’ve got another error-laden card.

Cervelli is also neither a rookie nor a Dodger. And while he did spend time with Pirates last season, that’s not him.

It’s the same error trifecta as the Sanchez. His history with the Pirates makes it a little more understandable, though. Not much, especially since he’s on the Marlins now.

Like Sanchez, Cervelli’s parallels are fine.

So who is the player in the photo? You have to go back to Wave 1 for the answer. Turns out it’s Cervelli’s former teammate, Joe Musgrove.

(Hat tip to Matt Major (@OACCards) for the heads up and help sleuthing.)

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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14 comments

  1. Chris Gant 18 May, 2020 at 14:26

    Topps most likely did this on purpose to generate buzz and create a little frenzy. Especially since all the products have been delayed and pushed back and the hobby is taking a little hit right now because of it.

    • Ryan Cracknell 19 May, 2020 at 23:32

      @Chris – Topps Total is an online set that has had no delays. The hobby hasn’t really taken much of a hit overall, either. One could argue the opposite. All of the Sanchez cards are like this.

  2. Zachary Gibbs 18 May, 2020 at 14:38

    Pulled this card just minutes earlier and said WTF out loud… boggles my mind lol. Of course it’s selling on ebay now so I joined in.

  3. Jared Jacobs 18 May, 2020 at 16:28

    Are error cards more valuable. I have a 1969 Topps Mickey mantle error card and was just wondering

    • Ryan Cracknell 19 May, 2020 at 23:33

      @Jared – They can be if there are different variations. But if a card isn’t corrected, it generally doesn’t impact things unless there’s a unique story behind it.

  4. Pgh247 18 May, 2020 at 20:04

    My guess is this was done on purpose by stoops to create an artificial buzz to sell more product. If not that’s just really bad quality control.

  5. Peter 19 May, 2020 at 07:50

    Great article, very strange mistakes. Is it possible that they used the Musgrove image, Dodgers logo, and rookie logo in the “template” version of the card before correct images and details (besides player name) had been filled in? And they went to press without filling in Sanchez or Cervelli’s details?

  6. Jason Kaul 19 May, 2020 at 12:59

    Amazingly, it might be worse than the 1954 Topps Johnny Lipon (which shows the correct player as playing for 3 different teams… None of which did he end 1953 or start 1954 with).

  7. Darryl Presley 19 May, 2020 at 14:00

    That’s a good one. Probably just as good or slightly better than the whole 1986-87 O-pee-chee hockey Moe Lemay/Joel Otto fiasco

  8. aaron yuschak 19 May, 2020 at 14:48

    That is a solid challenger to the old Pro Set hockey and football cards!

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