Blue Jays pitcher has hilarious response to awful screw-up on his Topps baseball card

Hagen Danner's Topps card features a picture of a different Toronto pitcher.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hagen Danner throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in a game last August.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hagen Danner throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in a game last August. / Cole Burston/GettyImages

Hagen Danner can't catch a break.

A year after the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander saw his Major League debut cut short to injury, Danner was going to have his rookie card appear in Topps' Heritage baseball card series. The series features current players but with a design and layout of past editions. Danner's rookie card is in the set, but Danner doesn't actually appear on the card.

A different pitcher is pictured on Danner's card, which is officially listed as 2024 Topps Heritage No. 495. Danner posted on X that the picture on the card was "not even close to being me." He added that he previously told Topps it wasn't him on the card, but the card was released nonetheless.

Danner had an exchange with Bradin Hagens, a former big leager pitcher who is now playing for the TSG Hawks in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Hagens, who last pitched in the MLB for the Diamondbacks in 2014, joked on X it was him on the card and not Danner. Danner responded, by posting to Hagens, "That actually is you, hahahahah." That led to a number of people on social media trying to figure out who is actually on the card.

Most seem to think it is Matt Peacock, a former Blue Jays pitcher who is currently a free agent. Peacock, 30, was claimed off waivers by the Jays in 2022, and pitched for Dunedin and Buffalo during his time in the Toronto organization. The right-hander became a free agent after the 2023 season.

Hagen Danner
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hagen Danner is pictured. / Mike Ehrmann/GettyImages
Matt Peacock
Former Blue Jays pitcher Matt Peacock is pictured. / Elsa/GettyImages

Of course, mistakes on baseball cards are nothing new. In many cases, they make certain cards even more valuable. For example, the 1990 Topps No. 414 Frank Thomas "no-name" card featured the future Hall-of-Famer without his name on the card. Now that card goes for thousands, according to Beckett Marketplace. Even a card with the wrong player pictured on it has happened before. That's the story about the 1987 Donruss Opening Day No. 163 Barry Bonds card that actually pictured Johnny Ray, a second baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While still on Toronto's 40-man roster, Danner, 25, is currently pitching for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. In five games this year, Danner is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 5.2 innings. He made one appearance last season Aug. 11 with the Blue Jays, retiring the only batter he faced before leaving the game with a left oblique strain. The injury landed Danner on the Injured List, ending his season.