Sunday, April 12, 2009

1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF


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.

21 comments:

  1. Actually these "errors" have been known since just after the initial distribution of the product in 1990. I remember dealers opening case after case looking for it. It is one of the more rare variations in modern card collecting and being that it is the RC of a very good player (for most of his career, anyway...), just enhances the value of it.
    The Northeast thing, I'm not sure about. I've seen one pulled in Cleburne, Texas in 1990 in the store I owned at the time and even the auction you mention is from a dealer in Houston, Texas.
    Topps' distribution for new products ships to all areas at the same time, so one geographical area having an advantage for a variation would be highly unlikely. The have had some products that varied according to the region you lived in, but it has never been the case with their main baseball set.

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  2. While the NNOF Thomas was certainly known since early in the release of '90 Topps, the remaining errors had never before been isolated. Bob Lemke with the Standard Catalog will atest to this.

    As for the "Northeast" distribution, I stand by that comment. For certain, many of the retail wax packs these cards are found in made it to various locations in the country. However, if you plot Topps distribution and the known locations that these cards have been pulled, it leads to an eastcoast printing.

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  3. Value of this card has plummeted. was worth 12-1500.00 in the 90s.

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  4. are the '90 thomas nnof only found within wax?

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  5. The September Beckett will have a big story on the Thomas error and the newly discovered blackless errors.

    Responding to the above post the value of almost all modern sports cards has plummeted since the mid-90's.

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  6. Have there been any '90 Thomas error cards found in factory sets?

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  7. I live in ephrata washington and recentlyt started collecting again and bought a pack that had a nnof frankthomas rookie in it is the value of the card still high?

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  8. you bought one pack? or a box? and from where?

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  9. i have this card frank thomas 1 draft pick card 1990 #414 no name on the front blue box how many of these cards r out there i also have any other rookie card from the early 50"s and up and complete sets my email is moose9168@yahoo.com if ur interested my collection also has 1952 mickey mantle autographed card tons of amazing cards

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  10. I have the lot, Every card has no name. For sale anyone interested.

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  11. I'm interested. You have how many No Name 1990 Topps Thomas cards?

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  12. What is the price? No Name 1990 Topps Thomas cards

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  13. I pulled a NNOF out of a pack when I was a kid in Wisconsin.. I still have it..

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  14. have you had it professionally graded?

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  15. A PSA 10 Gem Mint Frank Thomas NNOF sold for over $25,000. The price of thee has since risen

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  16. i am from the valley in ca near sacramento. i presently own a frank thomas nnof error card. it was purchased hear in the sacramento area. I no longer have the set i pulled it from being that i gave it to my nephew. I also have the same complete 1990 set unopened and am debating onj opening to see if any more error cards. should i open or should i leave it sealed?

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    1. Hello. Was the set you pulled the nnof an opened set? '

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  17. I want to find some nnof thomas rookies soo bad!! Anyone know the best way, wax packs, cello packs,sealed sets?? Help in Tennessee

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  18. Well I just found my 1990 FRANK THOMAS WITH NO NAME ON THE FRONT, AND IT SAID #1 DRAFT PICK,so what do I do with it,can someone tell me.

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