If you’re trying to complete an autographed 2012 Topps Heritage set, you will most likely be missing at least one card. That’s because the player pictured on card #249 is not the player who is identified on the front and back.
It’s not Alberto Callaspo, the Angels’ third baseman. It’s Alberto Rosario, a catcher who currently toils for the Angels’ AA franchise in Arkansas. Callaspo isn’t steaming mad about it but he’s decided he doesn’t want to autograph a picture that…well… doesn’t picture him.
Collectors have tried and failed and otherwise, Rosario is a willing signer according to online reports, so you can’t be too upset with him.
The card is the latest in a long line of error cards that have kept collectors chatting over the years. The crazy thing is that many of those mistakes and variations seem to involve Angels players.
Of course, vintage collectors know all about the 1969 Aurelio Rodriguez prank. Did you know, though, that the list of modern era gaffes includes several of the team’s most well-known stars?
The devil is in the details when it comes to Angels cards and Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register dives in, chatting with Collaspo and giving us a look at some of the other goofs.