I got an e-mail with a couple of card images from a reader last night asking if I've ever seen this card before. I had not. Here's what he sent:
Oh great. another A-Rod Mets error card. Is this one of those super short prints that just got lost in the flood of gimmicks last year? I'm not even sure what card set it's from. It looks like a Yankees team set of some sort but I thought the blister pack sets were only 15 cards each. I did a little Googling and found a super special Yankee box set with 55 cards in it. There's NYY20 Alex Rodriguez right there in the checklist too. I looked up the card number and found you can buy it on Amazon for $3.79.
Hey, that's not the same card! What gives? Time to do more research. Let's go to the best resource on the planet for overpriced trading cards - eBay. One search and I found one for sale. $49 bucks to get A-Rod on the Mets. Free shipping too! The fans in Queens can only dream... But this card number is NYY44. Ok, I still don't know what's going on. Back to eBay search. This time I found an entire set for the low, low price of $19.99, plus the seller was kind enough to scan whe whole thing.
NYY20 is here, top row middle card. Looks like the one on Amazon.
NYY44 is here, bottom row middle card. Aha! New York Mets! So it may be an error, but unless this dealer got lucky it's not especially rare. Since Topps states they don't do second runs to fix things like this (which is stupid, but that's a rant for another post) I'll wager that every single set has the Mets error. $49 for the card, or $19.99 for the set. Hmmmm... I believe a call of shenanigans is in order.
So that's that mystery solved, but what about the scan I was sent? It's got the wrong back. I can't tell from the scans if it's the same screw-down in both pictures. It could be the front from one card and the back from the other. Unless I had the thing in hand there's no way to tell. This whole thing could be Michael Eisner playing a trick on me in order to get me to post Topps cards on the site again. Don't laugh, the e-mail is from a guy who calls himself Mickey®. If this is Eisner screwing with me I'm gonna be ticked off. I know it ain't Keith Olbermann because he has an anti-Obama picture as his avatar. So the options are:
a) legit wrong back error card (not wrong team as that's probably a UER) worth one... MILLION dollars!
b) someone put both card NYY44 and NYY20 in a screwdown as a joke
c) Michael Eisner is messing with my mind because I refuse to finish my Series 2 box break
d) dayf has been staring at baseball cards too long and needs to go take a nap
Has anyone seen anything like this? Let me know in the comments if you have. I'm going to go have a lie down in the meantime.