Card of the Day: King Edward VII ’08 Topps A&G DNA Relic


The Ultimate DNA Relic


If you thought the George Washington hair cards were strange, take a look at this.  This is suppose to be a piece of skin from Abner Doubleday.  For many years, historians have debated whether Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright invented the game of baseball.  This afternoon I came across this disturbing relic on The Baseball Reliquary.  The caption reads:

“This fragment of skin purportedly from the inner left thigh of Abner Doubleday (1819-1893) was discovered in a refrigerator in the basement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1948. There is no record that this artifact was ever exhibited at the Hall of Fame; in fact, most professional curators would consider a relic of this nature far too disturbing for public display. All of which brings up the question of why this artifact would have been preserved in the first place. No one at the Hall of Fame seems to have an answer, although modern-day conspiracy theorists would no doubt offer a host of explanations. We do know that the Hall of Fame is based on a fiction, that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, New York. Could the Hall of Fame at one time have intended to exhibit this artifact in tandem with the renowned “Doubleday baseball” to buttress this deception and anoint the Civil War general as a baseball deity?”

There are only a handful of cut signatures made of Doubleday, and absolutely no memorabilia cards.  I bet a few card companies would love to get their hands on this to create the ultimate DNA relic.

You just pulled a 1/1 hair cut signature card………

And now you have to wait.  This past week Upper Deck released their 2008 UD SP Legendary Cuts baseball product.  It didn’t take long for a collector in California to pull the George Washington 1/1 DNA Relic Cut Signature card.  That sounds great doesn’t it?  After reading about the pull on the Beckett Message Boards I found out something interesting.  Upper Deck’s new hair cut signature 1/1 cards of famous Americans are inserted as redemption cards.  I was so surprised when I saw this.  What?  George Washington didn’t have time to sign the card?  Is Babe Ruth too busy shooting his new Nike commercial to sign?  When looking at Upper Deck’s press release it doesn’t say anything about being inserted as a redemption card.  Who knows how long people will have to wait for these?  If I were to pull one of these out, I would sell that redemption so fast.  They look like awesome cards, but I didn’t know there was a little catch.  The only reasonable excuse I can see Upper Deck doing it this way is that maybe they wanted to protect these cards.  But in the past Upper Deck has inserted high end cards in their products that weren’t redemptions.

Things are starting to get hairy

Upper Deck annouced today that they have made 10 authentic 1/1 cut signatures with pieces of hair in them.  The people that are included are Babe Ruth, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and many other famous historic figures.  Looks like they are starting to copy Topps……. just a little.