But it didn't end there. Since then, a total of four Cubs Lincoln variations have been uncovered.
|2010 Topps Baseball 123. Jeff Samardzija 'Abraham Lincoln variation'|
|2010 Topps Baseball 135. Ryan Dempster "Abraham Lincoln variation'|
Abe wanted a better seat. He had some pull with Major League Baseball and landed himself a spot on the field.
|2010 Topps Baseball 306. Milton Bradley "Abraham Lincoln variation'|
Lincoln stopped the ball with his hat, the crowd went wild and he was plastered onto the field-level fence.
|2010 Topps Baseball 326. Tyler Colvin "Abraham Lincoln variation'|
Happy with his play, the Cubs took Abe on as a fielding coach. He took the job but insisted he remain true to his character and keep the hat and beard. The Yankees were also interested in Abe's services but when he refused to shave, they passed. Baseball card fans around the world (New York excluded) rejoiced because there's enough variation-love for the Yanks.
Initial prices for the variants are ridiculous but not surprising. The first three sold on eBay have all been in the $150 range. So you might want to scour your sets and extras because most of these variations are are extremely subtle.
Oh, and this is also a variation, but not a 'Lincoln variation' as some are describing on eBay. It's just one of the 20 Legends variants:
|2010 Topps 90. Rogers Hornsby variation|
I'll keep an eye out for any additional Cubs Abes. I suspect they'll pop up en mass in the next few days as word gets around. Topps will probably provide some confirmation soon as well. Insertion rates are also not known at this time and anyone taking a guess is speculating. Because it has taken a couple of months for these to be uncovered, many will probably go unnoticed for a while yet.