Unless you post a pic of this board where I can see all the program rom chips clearly I can't answer this. You can have a combination of chip version revisions in the program area, meaning some of them having an A and some some other letter - or no revision at all. So if the earliest version in mame has all A's and this one has A's only on some then yeah all fingers point to it being earlier. And a lot stranger things have happened than Capcom not changing sticker labels on 1 board. We don't even buy Final Fights that don't show a boot screen shot because they used the same rom labels over so many versions. It wasn't a perfect science. As I've said before, we care a lot more about rom labels than Capcom did/does.