Topps Allegedly Ignores Blue Jays Pitcher’s Correction, Prints Wrong Photo On His Rookie Card

Mistakes on baseball cards can happen. Every once in a while a player can be misidentified or the incorrect photo is used on the card. For example, Carlos Beltran’s 1995 Topps Traded rookie card is actually a photo of former Kansas City Royals prospect Juan LeBron, who toiled away in the minor leagues. He never made it to The Show.

1995 Topps Traded Carlos Beltran Error rookie card
1995 Topps Traded Carlos Beltran Error rookie card. (credit: eBay)

Just last year, a 2023 Topps Ian Happ Gold Mirror SSP was actually a photo of Chicago Cubs teammate P.J. Higgins on the card.

2023 Topps Ian Happ Golden Mirror Image Variation. Action photo is of Chicago Cubs teammate P.J. Higgins
2023 Topps Ian Happ Golden Mirror Image Variation. Action photo is of Chicago Cubs teammate P.J. Higgins. (credit: eBay)

However, what happens when the player tells the sports collectibles company they’re using the incorrect photo for the card and they still go ahead and print it? That allegedly happened with Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hagen Danner and his 2024 Topps Heritage Baseball rookie card.

“Definitely not even close to being me. What do we got @Topps?? Told you guys it wasn’t me and still released,” Danner posted on X (formerly Twitter).

It turns out the photo Topps used is of Bradin Hagens, a former minor league pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has never been affiliated with the Blue Jays. That means Topps photoshopped a Blue Jays uniform on a photo of Hagens.

“That is definitely me from my time in double AA Mobile back in either 2013 or 2014,” says Hagens on X.

This isn’t the only photo mix-up that has come to light from 2024 Topps Heritage. A St. Louis Cardinals manager’s card of Red Schoendienst is actually a photo of Whitey Herzog.

2024 Topps Heritage Red Schoendist card. Photo is actually of Whitey Herzog
2024 Topps Heritage Red Schoendienst card. Photo is actually of Whitey Herzog. (credit: eBay)

Topps Heritage is well known for its Error Variations and Image Variations, but these two mix-ups were not that.

It seems alarming Topps would still go ahead and print the incorrect photo of a player’s card after allegedly being told it was wrong. This was also Danner’s first Topps rookie card.

Did Topps look up Hagen Danner and simply mistake him for Bradin Hagens? Why did Topps go ahead and print an incorrect card they were already warned about?

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