Somewhere between the final proofing and its printing, someone at Topps thought it would be funny to put a smiling and waving President Bush in the stands and Mickey Mantle looking on from the dugout in a new #40 Derek Jeter baseball card.
A spokesman for Topps said that the discrepancy was discovered during the proofing of the card, but that it was already in the set. "We couldn't do anything but laugh," he chuckled.
This prank will most likely raise the price of the card, which is currently going for $202.50 on Ebay.
This isn't the first card to be tampered with during production. For example, the 1969 Topps of Aurelio Rodriguez featured a photo of a bat boy instead of an infielder. And how could we forget the infamous "f---face" inscribed on the bat of Orioles second baseman Bill Ripken's 1989 Fleer card? Jeter said he didn't know anything about the card and a White House spokesman declined to comment.
Derek Jeter may be pretty good, but he's no Honus Wagner, whose 1909 tobacco card just sold for a record $2.35 million to a Southern California card collector.