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.
September 25, 2014
September 20, 2014
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.
September 13, 2014
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.
September 12, 2014
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.