Card Annoyances: How Not To Make A Relic Card

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What you see pictured above is the official way not to make a relic card.  Vintage Sports Cards is the company that released these a few years back, and they were mostly found in retail settings such as Walmart or Target.  All they did was place a worthless base card inside a frame that contained a relic.  I’d question the relic’s authenticity too.  Not sure why, that’s just the vibe I’m getting.  Most of them can be found for next to nothing, but the Mickey Mantle ones have been known to sell for up to $40.00.

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Willie Mays Did Not Sign For The 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time Set

FreedomCardBoard.com has a really nice piece written up about the 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time set.  This Negro League driven set is one of the best out there and is undervalued in the hobby today.  The set consists of inserts, relics, and autographs.

One thing that can not be reiterated enough is that Willie Mays never signed the cards Fleer printed for this set.  Mays doesn’t like to sign items associated with the Negro Leagues.  I guess Fleer just thought Mays would sign them so they printed the cards up anyway.  The worst thing that could have happened, was having these unsigned cards find their way onto the secondary market.  It leaves the door wide open for counterfeiters.

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This is an example of the unsigned card that found its way out.  Its just sitting there inviting a counterfeiter to forge the autograph.  Not only does it have the blank area for the signature, but on the back is the Fleer COA.

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This is a perfect example of a forgery.  Some poor collector recently purchased it for $125.00.  In my opinion, the last name looks nothing like “Mays”.

I own a Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time relic, and its one of my favorite cards in my personal collection.

Guess What Allen & Ginter Fans?

Topps confirmed today that the Ryan Howard autographed card pictured on the front of the box isn’t found anywhere within the product.  Perhaps this has something to do with the code…. or does it?  Honestly, how can you not have a Ryan Howard autograph in Allen & Ginter?

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Panini’s Draft Idea Isn’t New

A lot of blogs have been praising Panini for capitalizing on the 2010 NFL Draft by making cards of recently drafted players.  It looks as if they plan on inserting them into boxes of 2010 Prestige too.  Take a look.

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For those people that think this is a new idea, I’m sorry to say your wrong.  Donruss/Playoff did the exact same thing with last year’s draft class.  They look cool, but its nothing new.

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For those collectors who are new to the hobby

If there are any new collectors that read Sports Card Info, there is something that I have wanting to get off my chest for awhile.  Too many new collectors believe that the Dick Perez cards that are inserted into packs of Allen & Ginter are true 1/1’s.  I’m sorry to say, but the aren’t.  The 1/1 thats painted on the front is part of the actual painting that was used to make the card.  The painting is a 1/1 created by Dick Perez.  I have seen so many sellers try to tell new collectors these cards are 1/1 when they aren’t.  The Dick Perez insert cards like the one shown below can be found everywhere.

 

Talk About Confusing A Collector

2008 Playoff Prestige football cards have been out for awhile now and I think there is something really confusing about it, especially for new collectors.  This year’s Playoff Prestige contains jersey and patch cards of players that were rookies last year, not this year.  The funny thing is that Donruss/Playoff put the word “Rookie” on the front of the cards this year, even though they aren’t rookie cards.  Here is what I am talking about:

See what I’m talking about?  This could really confuse a collector because it isn’t a real rookie card.  In addition to these cards not being official rookie cards, they are serial numbered to 100.  Usually cards with patches like this aren’t numbered that high, but for some reason these are.  I think the cards look nice, but designs like this can really confuse collectors.  Right now on eBay you will see sellers trying to pass them off as rookie cards.  This could be happening because they really think they are rookies and don’t know any better, or they could just be trying to get more of the buyer’s attention.  This is just a word of warning to those people new to the hobby.  If you are looking to buy a rookie card of a player, make sure you find out when they were a rookie.  If you don’t, you could be taken advantage of.