August 25, 2013

49 bill hall

Type 2 variety on 1959 Topps 49 Bill Hall.  Blue smudge, approximately 1mm across, in the left border where the top of the portrait meets the background.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 20% of cards.

1959 Topps 49 Bill Hall1959 Topps 49 Bill Hall variation

August 21, 2013

404 hank sauer

Type 2 variety on 1959 Topps 404 Hank Sauer.  Vertical black mark, approximately 1.5mm in length, in background adjacent to border and below "N” in the “SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS” team name.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 3% of cards.

1959 Topps 404 Hank Sauer1959 Topps 404 Hank Sauer variation

August 18, 2013

77 john goryl

Type 2 variety on 1959 Topps 77 John Goryl.  Blue smudge, approximately 1mm across, in background above “hn” in “john”.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 7% of cards.

1959 Topps 77 John Goryl1959 Topps 77 John Goryl variation

August 15, 2013

267 john romonosky

Type 1 variety on 1959 Topps 267 John Romonosky.  Small green dot in background below “j” in “john”.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 25% of cards.

1959 Topps 267 John Romonosky1959 Topps 267 John Romonosky variation

August 1, 2013

40 warren spahn

Type 2 variety on 1959 Topps 40 Warren Spahn.  Blue line in the border to the right of the portrait.  This is a constant variety found on all three birthdate versions of this card.

1959 Topps 40 Warren Spahn born in 1931 blue line variation1959 Topps 40 warren spahn born in 1931 3 obscured blue mark on right border near portrait1959 Topps 40 warren spahn born in 1921 blue mark on right border near portrait1959 Topps 40 Warren Spahn blue line variation

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  40A and 40B are especially uncommon and all versions of the card are expensive.

Note:  Card scans in this post were updated and improved on September 17, 2014.