Monday, January 21, 2013
Wes Chamberlain - 1991 Topps Error
In the history of baseball cards there are a lot of notable errors. Some, like the occasional blank, or wrong backed cards seem to be mechanical. Others like the notorious (multiple) Billy Ripken versions or the 1990 Donruss All-Star subset (with the black line through the star) have long been rumored to be intentional, aimed at drawing attention or value to a set. For the most part, the Phillies have been spared in this area - except in the case of the 1991 Topps, Wes Chamberlain/Louie Meadows mixup.
There are few similarities between Chamberlain and Meadows, and this "error" smells more like an intentional mixup than a mistake. Though they were both outfielders, Wes, of course batted and threw right-handed, while Louie was left/left. It is also odd that Topps could misidentify a player who had appeared in their previous two flagship sets, and though new to the Phillies had been around for quite a few years. Either way, they did and Wes Chamberlain is left with two "official" cards in the set.
I have heard that Wes will not sign the error card, which is understandable. Has anyone ever had an experience where their request has been denied? If so, please leave a comment - I'd be interested to hear what happened...
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