I Before E Except After P. Whaaa!?

Months ago, I asked if anyone could explain the card below, and ...

... crickets. 

Maybe it had something to do with the fact I had one follower at the time, myself.

So I ask once more, please. Does anyone know? I'm sure this has likely been discussed in the Wide World of Sports Blogs countless times, but I've missed it. For real, Google searches have revealed nothing.

Oh, and in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, Prince's last name is spelled wrong. Did Topps do this on purpose for some odd reason? Is this card worth $11,000!!!? Ebay says "no" but what the H does it know. I could be holding onto my child's college education - and I have more than one!

(OK, so I'm delusional. Insomnia does this to me.)

And while I'm here posting, if you happen to have GQ for trade, or Heritage ... well, I wrote all about my hopes and best-laid plans here.


  1. I don't think anyone answered because they thought it was a retorical question. The answer is obvious: Topps. Monopoly.

  2. This card was posted a couple of times, one of them on Cardboard Junkie I believe. I think the answer is just that Topps screwed up.

    As far as the monopoly thing goes -- Topps screwed up even when there wasn't a monopoly.

  3. I'll be the third to say, yeah, it's nothing special. It's just an error, and it happens. Since there are no correct versions, it doesn't hold a premium.

    It may not hold any extra value, but it's good to notice these things, just for documentation purposes.

  4. Agree with Night Owl. All the card companies make errors in spelling from time to time - being a monopoly has nothing to do with it. I personally don't think it's a big deal. A bigger mistake to me is when they do things like accidentally include two Mark Teixeira base cards in Topps Heritage.

  5. I'm sorry, but you don't just accidentally misspell the name of one of the game's best known players - especially one with a pretty easy name to spell. It's not like this is a Marc Rzepczynski card here. This is just pathetic.

  6. Thanks for the comments everyone. Yeah, no value to it, no doubt, but I am stunned it happened.

    I tend to think it was unintentional yet then again it is stunning to me that a company such as Topps actually could let that glaring error get through. I noticed it the second I first saw it.

    Even a so-so journalist with a passing interest in baseball or, you know, the ability to do basic research, should have caught this one before it hit the presses.

    Lifetime: Yes, that's a bigger mistake, I suppose, and highly irritating on its own level. Yet, somehow, the spelling error is equally annoying to me.


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