A customer named Matt bought a pack of 2022 Panini National Treasures Baseball from Bob’s Sports Cards in Howell, New Jersey on Monday, took it home and opened it up. Inside was the biggest hit in the product: a 1/1 Babe Ruth Legendary Materials Signatures card that would have been worth thousands of dollars.
The autograph was that of George Brett, not George Herman Ruth.
Somehow, when the multi-relic card was created, Brett’s signature was placed into the window rather than Babe’s.
While wrong autographs or wrong swatches and patches do happen in card production from time to time, this one stands apart.
“I was just saying a week ago how we had basically every big player’s cut autograph pulled in the store besides Babe Ruth over the last 18+ years!,” shop owner Bob Colello told SC Daily.
He’s already been in touch with Panini, which he says has promised to rectify the error “immediately.”
We’ll keep you posted.
You can also read today about one top notch (and totally correct) card of a current player from that same product that was pulled last week.
The newest Baseball Hall of Famer is Scott Rolen. The Jasper, IN native who spent most of his career with the Phillies, Cardinals and Reds, snuck in with 76.3% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America (75% is required for election). It was his sixth year on the ballot.
Rolen’s rookie card list isn’t a long one. 1995 Bowman (there’s a Gold version also) and 1995 Bowman’s Best are considered the official rookie cards for Rolen, a third baseman who debuted in 1996 with the Phils.
He does have several minor league issues as well. His first Topps card is a four-player Prospects card in the 1996 set, one he shares with Scott Spiezio, Chris Haas and George Arias.
Rolen is currently the Director of Player Development at Indiana University.
TriStar Productions has inked new Hall of Famer Fred McGriff to an exclusive autograph deal. His first signing with the company will happen soon.
McGriff and Rolen will share the stage at the induction ceremony in Cooperstown this summer. McGriff was elected by the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee last month.