Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sloppy Topps - 2010 Heritage

This may have been discussed elsewhere - but I don't recall seeing it, so I am bringing it up here.

2010 Topps Heritage #368 Placido Polanco
1961 Topps #433 Art Mahaffey

Are friend Placido Polanco is back from earlier in the week to help out with this demonstration. The Polanco card appears pretty close to the 61 Original of Phils Pitcher art Mahaffey. The only real discrepancy between the cards (other then the blatant photoshopping discussed previously) is the Topps Heritage logo. The color scheme for the boxes at the bottom rotate throughout the set and I really have no issue with this. however.....

Take a 1961 original and a 2010 Heritage card.

Now take both cards and flip them over.

2010 Topps Heritage #368 Placido Polanco (b-side)
1961 Topps #433 Art Mahaffey (b-side)

The Card backs are reversed in 2010 Heritage.

This seems to be a pretty hard detail to miss.

Heritage is popular with collectors because it mimics the Topps classic designs well. The one thing that Topps has on the other companies is their history. If Topps does not honor their history properly, they risk making a mockery of an asset.


Jim said...

I hadn't noticed this until you pointed it out. C'mon Topps!

Message to Topps - Please hire Phungo as a consultant for 2011 Heritage. He'll need a full set of 1962 Topps cards to assist in his endeavor. (I'd be happy to serve as an assistant.)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I just can't get worked up over this one.

NMCLax24 said...

Wow, great find, and great post! Priceless pursuit had a recent post that made a point about complaining, and night owl responded about complaining just being effective criticism if done well. You hit the nail on the head with this one.

I always wonder what makes people lose touch with the people they serve on the way up. It happens in government, company executives, and even people designing baseball cards. I'm sure at one point a lot of these guys were avid collectors and maybe still are, so what makes it so that they forget about details such as this, that end up driving us crazy?

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