What intentional errors might be in store in 2014 Topps Heritage? (UPDATED WITH CONFIRMED ERRORS)


UPDATE (March 14): The first five cards below have been confirmed as having variations in 2014 Topps Heritage. A sixth, card No. 442 of Mark Trumbo, has his birthdate incorrectly listed as 1927. The six error-based variations have been added as a gallery below. (Only the rarer error cards are shown.)


With the release of the final checklist for 2014 Topps Heritage about 10 days before its arrival, we now know the players who will have variation cards for three of the four ways Topps is adding a chase to this year’s throwback brand.

Now, it’s time to guess on which cards will have variations based on mistakes made way back in 1965.

While there are 20 throwback uniform variations, 25 image variations and 25 logo variations to chase, the number of error variations isn’t yet known. That’s where we just have to dare to compare the checklists for both sets and, for now, guess which players’ cards could have the rarer — and potentially pricier — cards.

Again, this is purely guesswork, but …

— No. 43, Mike Shannon. His name is incorrectly designed in red, while the other Cardinals cards in the 1965 set are in yellow. This one might hold true again as Carlos Beltran holds down card No. 43 in this year’s set, though he’s a New York Yankee and a former Cardinals player now.

No. 62 — Twins pitcher Jim Kaat‘s name was spelled “Katt” on his 1965 card. On this card number this year? Twins pitcher Kevin Correia. I’d expect a typo of some sort — and unlike the Katt card, I’d expect two versions to be found.

No. 160 — On the 1965 card, Roberto Clemente‘s 1960 club as “Pittsburfh” on the back. It wasn’t fixed. This year’s card No. 160? Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of those same Pittsburgh Pirates. While a nod to this error appeared on Bryce Harper’s Heritage card last year, I’d expect something like that to be found here, too.

No. 462 — On the 1965 card, Athletics pitcher Lew Krausse isn’t there — it’s his teammate, Pete Lovrich. It wasn’t corrected back then. This year’s player on the card? Sonny Gray, a pitcher for, yep, the Athletics.

No. 472 — On the 1965 card, Cincinnati’s Don Pavletich is mistakenly listed as a pitcher, a mistake that wasn’t fixed. With Red slugger Joey Votto on this year’s card, I’d expect a nod to that mistake to be made — and fixed.

Other errors in the 1965 set that don’t have an obvious 2014 counterpart based on the player on the same card number include:

— No. 79, checklist. This list has a variation with a name — card No. 61, Chris Cannizzaro. In this year’s set, Dan Haren is card No. 79, and No. 61 is Nathan Eovaldi. Maybe it’s a sign to watch their cards?

— No. 519, Bob Uecker. This card famously shows the Cardinals catcher intentionally posing as a left-handed hitter when he was actually right-handed. This bit of trivia would be too classic not to create an homage card for, but there’s no No. 519 in the set. For the record, though, Yadier Molina appears on card No. 491.

— No. 526, A’s Rookie Stars. This four-player card might be one of the best multi-nickname RCs of all time with Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter joined by John “Blue Moon” Odom, Rene Lachemann and Skip Lockwood. On the back, Hunter’s first name is spelled “Tim.” Again, there’s no No. 526 in this year’s set, so be on the watch for typos on players named Jim? No. 270 is Oakland A’s pitcher Jim Johnson. No. 292 is Milwaukee’s Jim Henderson. No. 337 is Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins. No. 386 is a dual RC of Jimmy Nelson and Yordano Ventura. My bet would be on Johnson.

A few other cards in this set have incorrect birth dates for the players on the front, but that’s enough guesswork for now. We all get to do more starting next week. Let us know in the comments below if you find a card that might fit the bill as a mistake.



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  1. Matthew 27 February, 2014 at 12:08

    “Intentional Errors”? Gah, what a horrible piece of nomenclature. They are variations, plain and simple. Let’s reserve the term “error” for cards that contained unintentional mistakes and were corrected during a print run (assuming the errors were, in fact, unintentional). If we must use some sort of term to note what type of variations they are, I suggest that we call these “historical variations.”

  2. Richard 27 February, 2014 at 12:56

    I grew tired of these quite some time ago.
    Things like the pie in the face cards are fun, looking for a tiny misspell is something only the
    most anal retentive person could love.

  3. Zeprock 27 February, 2014 at 15:22

    I hate intentional “error” cards. Do them right the first time. Don’t sell us “mistakes”. A variation is one thing like two different poses, colors or uniforms. Typos add nothing aesthetic to a card.

  4. Cory Furlong 27 February, 2014 at 17:51

    I don’t mind the errors but I don’t chase them either. If I get one I just try to trade it to complete my set. On a side note I do not like the inclusion of autographs of players that are not currently playing or did not play in 1965. Also I am still not a fan of the mini’s. I don’t what this product turning into a Ginter or GQ. The product is perfect the way it is.

  5. Matthew 28 February, 2014 at 09:06

    Although #248 was not assigned to a Phillie again in this year’s Heritage, in the original 1965 set, the Phillies cap in the Phillies logo on Gus Triandos’s card wasn’t properly colored red — it was the same yellow as the background in the rest of the logo. I suppose it’s possible that Topps could mess up the logo coloring on card #248 this year or on some other Phillies card.

  6. Ed 28 February, 2014 at 10:27

    Nice Article Chris, makes me want to get a box of this.

    I know we can all pick out the bad parts of any product, Topps seems to be trying to satisfy all types of collectors with this one…which is not a bad thing at all.

    I’ve always enjoyed “errors” myself, but a “manufactured error” I’m not sure of. I agree with the others…sounds like a “variation” to me. And I don’t want a manufactured relic with some T-shirt piece stuck in it…Please..don’t bother.

    Considering the box price and the fun you can have opening up 24 packs versus a one pack 3 card box, just sounds more fun to me … like the old days.

    And to me that’s what its still all about, the FUN !!


  7. Vaughn Lamore 3 March, 2014 at 16:56

    I don’t mind the “intentional errors” but I think it a strange approach to implement by Topps and as aforementioned above they should just stick with variations. What comes to mind mostly is are they attainable challenge or out of reach like the ’11 Topps Heritage with A-Rod’s variation which if one wanted to pursure would’ve needed to literally open a 100 cases to find just one was out of reach for most and out touch with collectors!

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