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Albert Pujols 2002 Topps HTA Polanco back.

BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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I recently Picked up 4 Albert Pujols 2002 Topps HTA's and was not really familiar with this version of the card. the first 3 I bought from Beckett Market Place so I didn't get to see the actual item until I received them in the mail. Saw the backs with Polanco and thought wow The HTA's were all errors too. Picked up an HTA Cardinals Team set and I was not able to see the back of the Pujols card until I got them in the mail. I wasn't expecting to see Pujols on the back of the card but thats who was pictured. Talked to the eBay seller about the card thinking the Pujols may be a rare card but he told me that the HTA's were all corrected. Does anyone have any information on this particular error? Ive searched the internet and can't find anything.
 

KLARNOLD

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Sep 17, 2008
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Owensboro, KY
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I recently Picked up 4 Albert Pujols 2002 Topps HTA's and was not really familiar with this version of the card. the first 3 I bought from Beckett Market Place so I didn't get to see the actual item until I received them in the mail. Saw the backs with Polanco and thought wow The HTA's were all errors too. Picked up an HTA Cardinals Team set and I was not able to see the back of the Pujols card until I got them in the mail. I wasn't expecting to see Pujols on the back of the card but thats who was pictured. Talked to the eBay seller about the card thinking the Pujols may be a rare card but he told me that the HTA's were all corrected. Does anyone have any information on this particular error? Ive searched the internet and can't find anything.
I am not aware of the HTA corrected version but this is starting to make sense now. Rich Klein did a Beckett article around 2010 showing the corrected version but it did not have the HTA stamp on it. In the article, the owner of corrected card mentioned he got it from a blue factory set. The blue factory set actually has HTA listed on box. I think the owner pulled the Pujols out of set and it was just missing the HTA stamp. So that is my thought now. You have a nice card and I do not have that one in my Pujols collection. If it was missing the foil it would be more rare.
 

BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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I am not aware of the HTA corrected version but this is starting to make sense now. Rich Klein did a Beckett article around 2010 showing the corrected version but it did not have the HTA stamp on it. In the article, the owner of corrected card mentioned he got it from a blue factory set. The blue factory set actually has HTA listed on box. I think the owner pulled the Pujols out of set and it was just missing the HTA stamp. So that is my thought now. You have a nice card and I do not have that one in my Pujols collection. If it was missing the foil it would be more rare.
So the HTA back with Pujols is more rare than the Polanco?
 

BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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I am not aware of the HTA corrected version but this is starting to make sense now. Rich Klein did a Beckett article around 2010 showing the corrected version but it did not have the HTA stamp on it. In the article, the owner of corrected card mentioned he got it from a blue factory set. The blue factory set actually has HTA listed on box. I think the owner pulled the Pujols out of set and it was just missing the HTA stamp. So that is my thought now. You have a nice card and I do not have that one in my Pujols collection. If it was missing the foil it would be more rare.
So i'm guessing the Polanco backs came out of packs and the Pujols backs came out of factory sealed sets?
 

KLARNOLD

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Sep 17, 2008
1,357
Owensboro, KY
So i'm guessing the Polanco backs came out of packs and the Pujols backs came out of factory sealed sets?
I believe the HTA stamped cards were only found in factory set form. The Polanco ones are more common and corrected Pujols were randomly found in blue hta factory sets. Topps has confirmed they corrected the backs. No HTA stamps were in packs to my knowledge.
 
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BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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I believe the HTA stamped cards were only found in factory set form. The Polanco ones are more common and corrected Pujols were randomly found in blue hta factory sets. Topps has confirmed they corrected the backs. No HTA stamps were in packs to my knowledge.
I just bought 2 blue factory sealed HTA sets on eBay. I am planning to crack open both sets just to see if I get a Pujols back lol
 

sabrgeek

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Apr 10, 2010
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One small correction, the Beckett article on the Pujols card has to be way before 2010 because my last E&V column was in June 2007. I think the article is late 2002, early 2003. But this makes sense to me. I'll check the COMC Data Base when snowmageddon down here in DFW clears up.
 

KLARNOLD

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Sep 17, 2008
1,357
Owensboro, KY
One small correction, the Beckett article on the Pujols card has to be way before 2010 because my last E&V column was in June 2007. I think the article is late 2002, early 2003. But this makes sense to me. I'll check the COMC Data Base when snowmageddon down here in DFW clears up.
2010 was not correct. It was a few years earlier, maybe 2005.
 
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BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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Having a little set opening party. Have not found the Pujols yet. Will post results soon. Putting together team sets. DSC_4029.JPGDSC_4072.JPG
 

KLARNOLD

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Sep 17, 2008
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Owensboro, KY
I have confirmed that the corrected back HTA Albert Pujols can be found in the blue 2002 Topps HTA factory sets after my set arrived today. Waiting on another set to arrive.
 

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BarryBonds762

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I have confirmed that the corrected back HTA Albert Pujols can be found in the blue 2002 Topps HTA factory sets after my set arrived today. Waiting on another set to arrive.
Round 2...DSC_4098.JPGDSC_4099.JPG
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...was a success! Got another corrected back. 2 for 2.
 

BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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I have confirmed that the corrected back HTA Albert Pujols can be found in the blue 2002 Topps HTA factory sets after my set arrived today. Waiting on another set to arrive.
Also got this in the mail today :) debating whether I should open it or not?DSC_4109.JPG
 

BarryBonds762

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Feb 9, 2021
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Yeah I know it has the wrong back but my main concern is will the cards stick together more since it has a different surface? and if it stays closed for too long you wont be able to unstick the cards without paper loss.
 
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