It’s part of a popular insert set, but that Bowman Chrome autographed rookie card of a certain Cubs’ rookie isn’t actually autographed and according to Topps, it wasn’t supposed to be there anyway.
Topps admitted Wednesday that it inadvertently inserted a Bowman Chrome Kosuke Fukudome Autographed Rookie Card into packs of the recently-released 2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball.
The card, while part of an ‘autographed’ set is actually unsigned. The front of the card has the "Certified Autograph Issue" label.
A total of 1900 copies were issued. Fukudome is not a subject on the Autographed Rookie Card checklist "nor was he ever solicited as one" according to the company.
The back of the card contains a space where the autograph sticker was supposed to go.
Fukudome’s rookie card is featured on a Bowman Chrome Base Card and the following parallels: Refractor, X-Fractor (#’d to 250), Blue Refractor (#’d to 150), Gold Refractor (#’d to 50), Orange Refractor (#’d to 25), Red Refractor (#’d to 5) and Superfractor (1 of 1).
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