Error cards have been a thing as long as baseball cards have existed. Sometimes it's a misspelling or an incorrect stat; on occasions manufacturers have even pictured the wrong guy. When companies catch their error early and rectify it, that becomes known as a "corrected error" and creates what is in essence two separate cards. The scarcer of the two of course becomes the more valuable one. Most of the time, though, they just let it slide.
The Kevin Kouzmanoff card above is one where they just let it slide. While it might not technically be considered an "error card" by hobby purists, it's a card and it has an error on it. That's where you come in. Can you spot Topps's screw-up?
I'll give you a little bit of time to think about it.
Did you get it? Of course you did.
Just in case you didn't, though, here it is: See that number 11 on his back? Yeah, he never wore that number in San Diego. Not in Spring Training, not ever. He did, however, wear it during his 16-game showing with the Indians the previous September. You may recall that in that time he put his name in the record books by becoming the first player ever to hit a grand slam on the first major league pitch thrown to him, and then got sent to San Diego for Josh Barfield after the season.
So, there you go. Maybe in the future when Topps photoshops somebody into his new team's uni they should avoid using shots that include a uniform number, especially when it's a rookie who doesn't have the pull to keep his old number. But I doubt they will; that would require giving at least half of a damn about their customers. They know we'll keep buying this garbage up and writing about it like it's cute or quirky when it's just a lazy middle finger.
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