Thursday, May 09, 2013

A Ryu Topps Rookie Card Error, a Missprint and Huge Autograph Asking Prices

As the Dodgers sink lower into the abyss, I often find some levity in the card hobby that I have grown to love.  Believe me, it's a great departure from the mess we are witnessing with the Dodgers, and anything that takes my attention away for even a second is worth it.

With that in mind, a glaring error has just been discovered on Hyun-Jin Ryu's 2013 Bowman rookie card, and I can't help but laugh at it.  Heck, it's so bad I had to wonder if it was on purpose. 

The mistake was first reported by Dan K at MyKBO fame.  He has become the go to voice on Korean Baseball, and is very active on twitter.  Check him out here and be sure to follow him. Anyway, he posted on his blog the first pic of the error and it's a bit of a doozy.  Then, earlier this morning he tweeted about it.  See it below.
(twitter link)

Yeah, how did Topps screw this one up.  As you can see, on the reverse they mention his connection to Korean Baseball throughout, but end up messing up the most prominent mention on the card.  In his statistics line they write in Japanese League instead of Korean League.  Doh'!

And now you're probably wondering, "but Ernest, why would you think this is on purpose?"

Well, it wouldn't be beyond a card manufacturer to artificially create an error card in order to build value, and I guess we'll find out soon if this is the case. 

So, I ask all of you 2013 Bowman collectors, please check out the back of your Ryu cards and let us know if any corrected version exist.  This collector wants to know!


In other Ryu collector news, a printing error has just been revealed on eBay.  Check out the auction here.  As you can see in the pic on the left below, the silver foil that is used for the Bowman logo and the players name is missing.  Somewhere along in the printing process this particular card was not stamped.  This is actually not that unusual, as you'll find examples of this kind of printing error in just about every product and every year since they started using foil printing.

At the moment, the card has not received a bid- even at it's low opening price.

Do I expect this card to be worth a ton?

Heck no!  There is no telling how scarce it may be, and at the end of the day it is really only of interest to a Ryu player collector - a completist. 
(auction link)

Last week, I featured a redemption Hyun-Jin Ryu autographed card that would be available in the 2013 Bowman set.  Topps provided a preview pic of what it would look like (see that at the very bottom), but did not provide details about its eventual print size.

Anyway, examples of the "Lucky Redemption 1" have been arriving on eBay, and I thought the current sale and asking prices were worth mentioning.

Only one sale has been completed and it was at a "Buy It Now" value of $499.99.  Furthermore, there are 5 other "Buy It Now" listings ranging in value between $350.00 to $699.99.  That's a big range, eh?

Of great interest, though is a current active auction that started with a low bid price.  There are 6 days remaining in it, and it is already at $102.50 at the time of this posting.  I am wondering at what price it will end up at.  Anyone have any guesses?

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