Monday, September 28, 2009

Tigers Rookies - (15 minutes for George Korince)

In the first series, Topps issued a Detroit Tigers rookies card #72. This appears to include pitcher George Korince and infielder John “Tom” Matchick. However, this card has another player incorrectly pictured as George Korince.

For the second Tigers rookie card (#526), Topps chose to correct this error by using one half of the card to correctly picture George Korince, with an explanation on the back.

I’ve had 3 questions about this decision to "waste" a slot on this correction:

1. Was the Tigers farm system so bereft of prospects that they had nobody else to feature on this 2nd card?

2. Was George Korince such a top-notch prospect that it was imperative to set the record straight on him? The back of card #72 says that he’s "a can’t miss prospect", but a quick check of his career stats shows that this was a bit overstated. The previous year (1966) he had 3 IP, 2 K, and 1 HBP. In 1967, his stats include 9 G, 14 IP, 11 K, 11 BB, and a 5.14 ERA!

3. Why did Topps make sure to correct this error, but in the previous year, they didn’t bother to correct the Dick Ellsworth card, which actually showed a photo of the late Ken Hubbs – Ellsworth’s teammate who died TWO YEARS EARLIER!

Guess who's on the 1968 Tigers Rookie Stars card?


caramba said...

As Korince was Canadian, Topps was probably pressured by the Oh-Pee-Chee guys.

Mark Hoyle said...

Anybody know who the other player is on the first card

Jim from Downingtown said...


I read somewhere years ago that his first name is James. I'll have to look up the Tigers' roster then and see if anything rings a bell.

Jim from Downingtown said...

His name is James Brown. He never made it to the majors.

Lori said...

Both rookie cards have the wrong team color. Also the cardinals team card has the wrong team color.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Hi Lori,

Thanks for pointing out the Tigers Rookies mismatch. Only the Phillies and Orioles Rookies cards should have a reason to use alternate colors.

I already knew about the Cardinals Team card.