October 12, 2014

6 alex grammas

Type 3 variation on 1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas.  There is a large black smudge in the lower left background and reaching into the bottom border, just touching the lower right corner of the triangular Cardinals logo.  The smudge can be found in a dark black but also a more muted black.  These are evidently the same variation in different states of intensity.  This variation occurs on approximately 6% of examples according to a survey of cards.

The dark black variation looks unseemly and like an ink blotch, so it likely discourages people from submitting them for grading.  It is, however, a fully natural result of the production process.  This variation occurs on approximately 40% of examples showing either the dark or muted spot, 2% overall, according to a survey of cards.

1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas dark1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas dark variation

The much less common muted black variation is not as distinct.  This variation occurs on approximately 60% of examples showing either the dark or muted spot, 4% overall, according to a survey of cards.

1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas light1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas light variation

Side by side comparison between the strong black mark and the muted black mark.  They are clearly variations of the same mark.
 
1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas dark variation close 1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas light variation close

Just for fun, here is the strong black mark variation autographed.

1959 Topps 6 Alex Grammas dark autographed

October 2, 2014

256 jerry davie

Type 1 variation on 1959 Topps 256 Jerry Davie.  The Tigers logo is filled with yellow.  In one variation, observed on just over 50% of examples according to a survey of cards, the yellow extends beyond the black border of the logo and into the background.  In another variation, observed on just under 50% of examples according to a survey of cards, the yellow does not extend beyond the black border of the logo and into the background.  This is not simply due to a shift in placement of the black outline.

1959 Topps 256 Jerry Davie yellow logo1959 Topps 256 Jerry Davie yellow logo variation

Here, the yellow extends beyond the black border of the logo and into the background.

1959 Topps 256 Jerry Davie normal logo1959 Topps 256 Jerry Davie normal logo variation

Here, the yellow does not extend beyond the black border of the logo and into the background.