As I mentioned yesterday, this card of Ernie features a colorized card. That is something that I thought Topps should have been doing for a long time. There are so many black and white pictures of older players that could be used by colorizing, instead of using the limited number of color pictures over and over.
But then again, Topps has a way of taking a good idea and messing it up.
This is the original picture. On May 30, 1970, the Cubs honored Ernie by presenting him with this trophy. He had hit his 500th home run 18 days earlier.
You can see how Topps really cropped the picture to include just Ernie. They also removed the man presenting the trophy and the Andy Frain usher behind the trophy.
Then they colorized it.
And screwed it up.
Did you find the mistake? To any eagle-eyed Cub fan, it is a glaring mistake.
The circle around the Cubs logo is red.
It is supposed to be blue.
It has been blue during the entire Topps era. Yet the Topps artist makes it red. And not one person at Topps notices the error.
What horrible quality control!
It took me three clicks to correct the card.