Are Error Cards more Valuable?

We get several calls a week from card owners wanting to know if errors on cards will make it more valuable. Before I answer this question, let me first explain that “error” cards fall into two general categories: uncorrected errors and corrected errors.

An uncorrected error is an error card that has never been corrected. In other words, every one of these cards was printed with the error and was either discovered later or was never bothered to be corrected. The majority of error cards fall in this category and by and large will have no impact on the card’s value.

A corrected error is an error card that was discovered during the printing process and was subsequently corrected. Depending on how soon the error was corrected and how significant the error was, these category of error cards commonly carry a value premium.

It all boils down to scarcity. If an error card exists in very limited demand, it may be highly sought after by collectors. Some of the popular error cards that carry significant premiums or popular amongst collectors are:

  • T206 Sherry Magee (spelled Magie)
  • T205 R. Hoblitzell (no stats on back)
  • 1952 Joe Page and Johnny Sain (wrong bios)
  • 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken (FF)

4 Responses to “Are Error Cards more Valuable?”

  1. Alex Brandon says:

    I have a 1997 star focus basketball card with michael jordan printed on the wrong side on the front of card and shaquille o’neals photo and stats on back please let me know if this card my be valuable. Thank you. Alex Brandon

  2. James says:

    I have a 1981 Donruss card of Al Cowens that absolutely has an error on the back, but I can not find it as an error in anyone’s database on-line. Can you help me with this? I know that he is not a HOF player, but I have searched for years to see if anyone else has this error card. If you can not help me with this issue, do you know anywhere else that I may find out more info on this card?

  3. Hi these are some grate cards. and I have seen and have some grate cards but of all the cards I’ve seen. there are more then one. and yes there is 1/1 refractor errors. but not of Michael Jordan there is his 1995 finest mystery bordered test refractor number to 74,the 1991 upper deck aw4 error card not a refractor the 1997-98 metal universe precious metal gems error 1/1 for9,999,99 not a refractor. the 2002-03 finest refactor /250 bgs9.5 books for 1,139,99 the 1997-98 gold embossed book for 1,600 but the most valuable card is perhaps ii the bgs9.5 gem mint of the gold embossed die-cut refractor card being sold on e-bay for 6,000 plus dollars. a bgs9 mint already over 4,000 dollar and that being said I have a 2002-03 Michael Jordan /250 refractor card that have the missing refractor on the back. I though I had two of the same card that’s why I overlooked it all these years and one day the light hit it and there was the rainbow. can you tell me what the value would be on this card.I found out about the card in 2005 and have been checking every since every the card is NM/MT THANK YOU LAMONT

  4. Paul says:

    Hello! I have a question regarding a what I believe to be very rare error card that I acquired over the weekend.

    I bought a Topps Dynasty Chipper Jones Patch Auto #CJ9 serial numbered /10. I own one and I have only found one other online with the same error (other /10 dynasties of the Chipper have different stats on back).

    The front of the card is as it should be, but on the back it states “HR’S AS A THIRD BASMAN, 1995 – 2001” and continues to list names and numbers as follows: Chipper Jones: 704, Vinny Castilla: 689, Matt Williams: 570, Robin Ventura: 558, Travis Fryman: 557.

    I am positive none of those people hit that many HR’s in their career, let alone that time span! I was wondering if you could give some guidence on its value? Typically, unerrored they have gone for $150-$300. Any advise you may have would surely help, or if you could even point me in the right direction!



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