September 25, 2014

36 hank aguirre

Type 1 variation 1959 Topps 36 Hank Aguirre.  There is a small notch taken out of the magenta background in the upper left hand corner that leaves it in yellow.  This variation occurs on approximately 12% of examples according to a survey of cards.

1959 Topps 36 Hank Aguirre1959 Topps 36 Hank Aguirre variation

September 20, 2014

310 luis aparicio

Type 2 variation on 1959 Topps 310 Luis Aparicio.  There is a yellow curl, approximately 3mm in length above the letter “a” in the name “aparicio”.  This variation occurs on approximately 40% of examples according to a survey of cards.

310 Luis Aparicio310 Luis Aparicio variation

September 13, 2014

182 milt graff

Type 2 variation on 1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff.  In the upper left background above the portrait and to the left of the “m” in the name “milt”, there is a long, wandering black line.  On some cards, the line is very dark, on some it is light.  It is not found coincident with the “eyelash monster” variation on this card. From a survey of examples, this variation appears on approximately 15% of cards.

1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff variation

September 12, 2014

182 milt graff

Type 3 variation on 1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff.  In the lower left, spanning the background and the portrait, there is a curved line with a larger round circle at its left edge.  I don’t know why, but when I first saw this variation I called it the “eyelash monster.”  It is immediately obvious on the card, at just over 3mm in length.  Its distinctiveness demands that it be Type 3.  From a survey of examples, this variation appears on approximately 30% of cards.  High quality examples of this variety are difficult to find.

1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff variation1959 Topps 182 Milt Graff variation close up