Is it an error? Is it a variation? Is it a gimmick? People didn't know what to make of the Kosuke Fukudome that showed up in 2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball. On the back there was a note making it look as though the card was supposed to be autographed. Yet no autographed cards surfaced.
The official word from Topps is that it's an error and they never had any intention of having an autographed version in the set. Topps also announced there's a total of 1,900 copies of the card. The Cubs rookie is also on the following parallels: Refractor, X-Fractor (#’d to 250), Blue Refractor (#’d to 150), Gold Refractor (#’d to 50), Orange Refractor (#’d to 25), Red Refractor (#’d to 5) and Superfractor (1 of 1). Just goes to show that when collectors come to expect gimmicks, mistakes and Photoshopped snafu's, they no longer know what to make of something that is (intentionally or not) an error. And that's not the collector's fault.