Q&A – What Can You Tell Me About This Danny DeVito Autograph?

Question:  I know this isn’t a sports card, but what can you tell me about this Danny DeVito autograph?

Answer:  Cool card!  In 1992, Danny DeVito portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.  As a child, this was one of the movies I watched all the time.  For a film that was marketed towards kids, its quite dark.  That scene near the end where Penguin slowly walks out of the water bleeding to death sparked the attention of many parents.  I thought it was awesome.  Things like that are one of the reasons why the studio decided to go in a different direction for the next two films.  Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were fun to watch as a kid, but I can’t watch them today.  In my opinion, Batman and Batman Returns still hold up for me now.

Topps created a few different sets to go along with Batman Returns.  One of them being a Stadium Club set.  The unsigned version of this card originated from the Stadium Club set, but not the card containing Danny DeVito’s signature.

In 1993, Topps issued two sets based on Batman: The Animated Series.  They were split up between Series 1 and Series 2.  Despite not having anything to do with the cartoon, Topps randomly inserted these Danny DeVito autographs into Series 2 packs.  2,000 copies of his Batman Returns base card were signed.

I wish this card had some type of notation, foil stamp, or serial number printed on it.  Even though Danny DeVito has a complex signature, an unsigned base card and silver pen are all a scammer would need to attempt at making a counterfeit.  I think they’re a hard sell because of that fact.  An asking price for an example deemed authentic can be up to $250.  Its a great example of an early buyback autograph.

Oswald Cobblepot!

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Q & A – How do I tell if a card is a reproduction?

Since a lot of my posts and eBay guides show up first in search engine results I get some questions from time to time.  I like getting questions about cards, so I thought I would post the reader’s questions and my answers for you to read.  Here is the first question I have received since starting the Sports Card Info blog.  Enjoy!!!

Question: My son has a lot of cards that he is wanting to try and sell. My question is, how can one tell if the card is a reproduction? Thanks.

Answer: A good way to tell if a card is a reproduction is to look for any logos or images that aren’t on the originals.  If you are talking about vintage cards, a reproduction will probably be in better condition, have darker/richer colors, and the copyright date on the back of the card in real fine print should be newer.  If you can, check to see whether that specific set contains reprints of older cards.  I hope that helps.  Thanks for the question.