Making A Bold Prediction

I’m going to make a very bold prediction.  Someday one of the major card manufacturers will purchase a very valuable vintage card, cut it up, and insert various pieces into newer cards.  The signs have been there all along and it sure wouldn’t surprise me one bit.  Starting with products like TRISTAR Signa Cuts and slowly moving into more popular products like Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts, its not uncommon to find older cards cut up and reinserted into circulation.  I don’t like the idea of a company cutting up any type of card, even if its only worth one penny.  I really don’t like it when they destroy modern day cards like Topps does with their Pro Debut product.  There is absolutely no reason to cut up a perfectly good AFLAC autograph.  Just insert the whole card.  It would save a lot of time and money.  Hell, I’d settle for a redemption for the entire AFLAC autograph instead of this half breed of a card.


I can’t believe Topps is doing this for a second year in a row.

Why don’t they just get it over with.  The next time a T206 Honus Wagner shows up for auction, buy it, and cut it up.  When does a card become more than just a card?  When does it become a relic worth cutting up?  What do you think the value of a T206 Honus Wagner relic would be?


A Wealthy Counterfeiter’s Tool – Laser Cutting

Can you believe that some people will spend thousands, yes, thousands of dollars on a machine pictured above?  This is a laser cutter that many “card doctors” use to make the edges of a card look sharper than what they really are.  These machines are extremely expensive and people have been using them to make their cards look better.  What they do is shave off a small portion of the edge taking away the damaged pieces and then what is left is a smooth clean edge.  Most likely “card doctors” will use these for vintage cards.  This is why you should only purchase vintage cards that are certified.  A good grader should know the exact size of the card.  The problem is that these laser cutting machines can get so exact you almost can’t tell.  These are becoming one of the biggest problems in the hobby today.  I would hate to see how many counterfeit cards a “card doctor” would have to sell in order to afford one of these.