Card of the Day: 1978 Topps Mork & Mindy Sticker #16

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ITG Attempting To Bridge The Gap Between Sticker and On-Card Autographs

Ah!  The classic battle between sticker and on-card autographs.  It will go down as one of the biggest debates among collectors for centuries.  Both sides have their positives and negatives.  On-card autographs may be more eye appealing, but you may have to send away for it via redemption and who knows when or if you’ll ever see it.  Sticker autographs might not look quite as nice, but its better to have something in hand versus sitting back and waiting for it to show up.  Finding a happy medium hasn’t been easy.

In The Game is taking another stab at baseball with Past, Present, and Future slated to be released in late March.  At the present time, not too much is known about the product’s configuration, but Dr. Price does give collectors a little glimpse of what you’ll be able to pull.

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With Past, Present, and Future, Dr. Price is trying to settle the whole sticker vs. on-card autograph battle.  When looking at these pictures, the autographs seem to be on giant clear stickers.  In reality that’s not the case.  The signatures are directly on the card.  It looks as if In The Game is getting the signers to autograph a portion of the card (about the size of a sticker) and then inserting that missing piece into the rest of the card.  Works just like a puzzle.  They kinda remind me of a camouflaged cut signature.

Collectors have sorta seen this done before.  Upper Deck tried this with 2005 UD Exquisite Football, but the signed pieces don’t blend into the rest of the card like ITG’s do.  Its refreshing to see someone at least trying to bridge the gap between sticker and on-card autographs.

I wonder if anyone has ever gotten players to sign blank stock and then designed the card around the signature?

Silver Stickers On Minis

I think we all know how collectors feel when it comes to sticker autographs, especially the little silvers ones.  I’d like to know why Topps thought it would be ok to use silver stickers on some of their mini autographs found in 2010 Topps T206?  The shiny silver color totally takes away from the overall design of the card.  Being much smaller than the standard sized card, your eyes almost go right to the sticker and nothing else.  If you have to use a sticker on a mini, its always better to go with a clear one.  If Topps tried this with Allen & Ginter, I think we’d see a mutiny.

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Serial Number Scammers & More

Last night SCU reported about a Brady Quinn 2007 LCM Freshman Fabric rookie jersey/autograph that had been up for sale on eBay.  The problem with this card is that Donruss never made any autographs like this.  Scammers are now creating counterfeit sticker autographs.  One of SCU readers suggested a way that someone might go about removing a crappy autograph from a sticker to replace it with a forged one of a better player, and then over at VOTC they created a video giving it a try.  After watching that video it really makes you think twice about buying another sticker autograph online.  This just makes on-card autographs look even better.  Congrats to SCU and VOTC for doing such great detective work.

Digging a little deeper I found this auction run by the same person who sold the Quinn.  This Yogi Berra ’08 Sports Legends auto #’ed 1/1 doesn’t look to have the “shiny” border like the other autographs #’ed 1/1 from this product.  At first I thought it might be the scan, but then another red flag popped-up when I looked at the back.  The serial number is hand written with a marker, not stamped like the other 1/1 autographs.  The final nail in the coffin would be the fact that the person with the high bid on the Berra has their I.D. kept private just like the Quinn auction.  The only other hand-numbered 1/1 autograph from Sports Legends that I could find was this Jerry West.  At first glance it looks to be from a different seller, but you can see they recently changed their I.D. and are located in Baltimore, MD.  The Berra auto is located in Elkridge, MD which is not that far from Baltimore.  I’ll report the Berra to eBay and hope they take it down.

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This is what an authentic 2008 Sports Legends autograph #’ed 1/1 should look like.

Stuck In The Wrong Place

Authentication stickers are one of the best things in the hobby because it gives you SOME comfort knowing that the autograph has been inspected.  Usually I don’t mind where a company places the sticker on a baseball, football, basketball, or hockey puck.  But when I saw this autographed buyback from 2009 Upper Deck Goudey, I had to shake my head for a moment.  Its good that Upper Deck used PSA/DNA to authenticate the autograph, but why do they need to place a sticker directly on the card?  I wonder what would happen if someone wanted to send these in for grading?  Would that sticker hurt the card’s grade, or would they leave it alone since it came from a 2009 product?  Usually PSA/DNA authenticated cards come in a slabbed holder.  But I guess this was the only choice for 2009 UD Goudey.

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 1989 Panini Sticker

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