(A few more "appreciation days": Ancestor Appreciation Day (Sept. 27), Birthday Appreciation Day (Feb. 24), Swimming Pool Appreciation Day (July 21). All that and still no Baseball Card Collectors Appreciation Day. On to more cardboard appreciation. These are my all-time favorites, and this the 11th in a series):
I know this isn't the first or the only "reverse negative" error card. Or the first or only reverse negative error card that was later corrected. But it is my favorite "reverse error negative card that was later corrected." You know why?
Because I own both of them, that's why! And I didn't track them down on eBay or find them in a card shop, or nab them at a card show. I pulled both of them from separate Donruss packs in 1982.
And when I did, I thought it was the most fantastic thing ever (keep in mind Phoebe Cates was on the big screen in 1982, so that's saying something). Even if you discount the whole backward "3" and "P," and all that other reverse photo jazz, it's still a great card. Garner's wearing the old-fashioned square cap! And he's dressed up like a school bus! It's awesome with an extra helping of awesome!
I believe both of these cards go for no more than 20 cents. Neither card is apparently all that rare. But I don't care. You can't put a price on this.
Phil, you may be backward and dressed to stop traffic all the way on the other side of the world, but there is nothing that will get me to part with these two cards (well, I think there's a '56 Jackie Robinson out there that may make me think twice).
1982 Donruss Phil Garner(s), I appreciate you.