February 23, 2014

231 ellis burton

Type 1 variety on the back of 1959 Topps 231 Ellis Burton.  The upper right corner of the bio box extends slightly over 1mm from the normal border.  This variation has been confirmed on both white back and gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples, this variation appears on approximately 40% of cards.

1959 Topps 231 Ellis Burton1959 Topps 231 Ellis Burton variation

February 20, 2014

204 casey wise

Type 1 variety on the back of 1959 Topps 204 Casey Wise.  There is a 1.5mm break in the green frame line that surrounds the record box above the “E” in “RECORD”.  This variation has been confirmed on white back but not gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples, this variation appears on approximately 4% of cards.

Note that the small green dot by the foot in the cartoon is also a variation, appearing on approximately 35% of cards.  The green dot to the best of my knowledge is coincident with the broken frame line.

1959 Topps 204 Casey Wise1959 Topps 204 Casey Wise variation

February 13, 2014

243 marv grissom

Type 2 varieties on 1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom can be found in the upper left background.  All versions of the card feature two parallel scratches approximately 1.5mm apart and 10mm long.  These scratches extend from near the top border, to the left of the “m” in “marv",” to near the left border.  There is a very small area of missing print on the right scratch, just above and to the left of the “m” in “marv.”  This variation has been confirmed on both white back and gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 75% of cards.

1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom 11959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom variation 1

The second of two additional varieties on 1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom can be found in the upper left background. It has the characteristics above and additionally an irregularly shaped white spot approximately 1mm in diameter, to the left of the left scratch and very close to the left border.  This variation has been confirmed on white back but not gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 6% of cards.

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February 12, 2014

243 marv grissom

Type 2 varieties on 1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom can be found in the upper left background.  All versions of the card feature two parallel scratches approximately 1.5mm apart and 10mm long.  These scratches extend from near the top border, to the left of the “m” in “marv",” to near the left border.  There is a very small area of missing print on the right scratch, just above and to the left of the “m” in “marv.”  This variation has been confirmed on both white back and gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 75% of cards.

1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom 11959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom variation 1

The first of two additional varieties on 1959 Topps 243 Marv Grissom can be found in the upper left background. It has the characteristics above and additionally a circular spot of lighter pink background color approximately just over 1mm in diameter, below and in line with the two scratches. This variation has been confirmed on both white back and gray back versions of the card.  From a survey of examples available on eBay, this variation appears on approximately 18% of cards.

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February 11, 2014

78 pedro ramos

Type 3 variety on 1959 Topps 78 Pedro Ramos can be found in the upper left hand corner of the orange background.  A missing corner of the magenta print leaves the upper left hand corner of the card yellow.  This variety is one of the more well known in the 1959 Topps set and is featured on many variety lists.  It is often, but not always, sold as a variation so it is difficult to get an accurate idea of how often it appears.  It is rare, however, and probably occurs on fewer than 2% of examples.

1959 Topps 78 Pedro Ramos1959 Topps 78 Pedro Ramos variation