Sunday, April 12, 2009
I came across a really interesting forum discussion while searching eBay today. I'm not sure what prompted me to look for the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name On Front (NNOF) error card but I'm glad I did. It seems that a group of collectors has a theory on how this happened and other cards in the set that were affected. It's a truly amazing discovery. Even more amazing that this has gone unnoticed for 19 years. You can read all about the theory and see other affected cards on this forum: http://forums.collectors.com/messageview.cfm?catid=11&threadid=709331
According to the forum, the Frank Thomas NNOF error cards have only been found in 1990 Topps boxes from the Northeastern United States. Does this mean that collectors will start to pay a premium and 1990 Topps Wax will become a hot commodity? Will the other affected cards become valuable as well? A quick search of eBay didn't yield any results.
I'm not surprised, the forum is dated quite recently so I'm sure most collectors aren't even aware of the discovery. I'm sure as soon as word spreads everyone will be digging through their 1990 Topps commons looking for the other affected cards. I live in Virginia and apparently a Thomas has been pulled from wax in VA, even though this isn't the Northeast.
I guess I'll wait and see how this all plays out before I go and dig through my 1990 Topps.
By the way, the Thomas pictured above is on eBay right now and it's currently at $500 with over 7 days left. Click here to view the auction.