The fast turnaround times for the new “on demand” card production process have primarily been handled without too many issues but there’s a fresh and very obvious error card that’s come to light.
On September 19, Topps NOW offered a card honoring Carlos Correa for joining Alex Rodriguez as the only shortstops to have two 20-homer seasons prior to age 22 (see right). Some of those cards have been delivered to buyers but the card they’re receiving pictures Mookie Betts and Nomar Garciaparra instead (see left).
The wording remains the same on the front and back but the wrong picture was used during production, according to Nor-Cal Sport Cards which passed the information along.
In fact, the Betts-Garciaparra dual photo card was issued the two days later when Betts joined Nomar in the 200 hit, 20 homer, 40 double and 20 stolen base club, a moment Topps had obviously been prepared to commemorate. Somehow that photo slipped into the production process for the Correa-Rodriguez card.
According to Topps, 442 Correa-Rodriguez cards were ordered. So far, only a couple have been listed on eBay and there’s been no word from Topps on whether they’ll offer buyers a corrected version or if any corrected examples have already been sent to buyers.
Earlier this summer, collector/attorney Paul Lesko filed suit against Topps when it offered a card of Josh Harrison with the on screen example showing his name spelled “John” but delivered only a card with his name spelled correctly.
Topps plans to continue creating 2016 NOW cards through the post-season and is currently offering 15-card sets of all playoff teams, promising to add an additional card for each playoff series a team wins. The World Series-winning team will thus have an 18-card set made.