Confusing Dual Relics

One of the first cards to contain more than one player on the front comes from 1953 Bowman Color card number 93 – Billy Martin & Phil Rizzuto.  Ever since then, companies have been teaming up popular players on the same piece of cardboard.  It only seems natural that when relics were introduced during the mid to late 90’s, manufacturers would start placing multiple relics of different players on the same card too.  I think its great if a card has two players on it along with a relic for each person.  Where I think it gets confusing sometimes is when a card has two players on it but only one relic.  Certain sets make it look like the relic is from one player, but really its from another.  The only way to know for sure is to read the back of the card or look at the card number.  It doesn’t take much for a scammer to take dual card of Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx and tell people the bat is of Ruth when in fact its of Foxx.  There is a big difference in the price of a Ruth bat versus a Foxx one.  This is why I don’t like to see single bat pieces on a card with two players.  It can get confusing.

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Without turning this card over, how would you know who used this bat piece?

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The Early Years Can Be Confusing

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is how relics have been labled once they are placed into cards.  When Upper Deck introduced the first jersey relics back in 1997, everyone thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Companies then started to introduce multi-colored patches that just blew the plain colored jerseys out of the water.  One thing that a majority of the  manufacturers did was keep the lable exactly the same for patches as they did for jerseys.  At the time this was ok, but in today’s hobby with all the fraud many counterfeiters take advantage of this opportunity.  Take this Nolan Ryan 2001 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game patch for example.  Donruss made patches for this set, but labled them “Authentic Game-Worn Jersey”.  Most if not all patch cards made today say “patch” or “prime-jersey”.  Usually if you see a patch card today that says “jersey” it makes you want to stop and think.  This is just one of those little things you need to know before bidding on that special patch relic.  Depending on the set and year, that patch may be real even though it may show signs on being fake.

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