The first Hillary Clinton meets Morganna Upper Deck Presidential Predictor baseball cards have sold on eBay…but are they as rare as we’ve been led to believe?
Upper Deck claims it attempted to pull all of the Hillary Clinton-Morganna the Kissing Bandit caricatures from it’s 2008 Series One baseball card product, but at least thirteen of the cards have already appeared on eBay.
The first UD Hillary sold Monday night to a high profile collector. Final price was $1625, with the card attracting 18 bids. The second brought $1375.
The Presidential Predictor cards were seeded one per eight packs. The illustrated parodies show several of the top candidates, tying each one of them to a pivotal moment or personality from baseball history.
Just a couple of the cards hit eBay in the hours following the announcement that they had supposedly been pulled from distribution because of what Upper Deck said was the negative reaction of "an informal focus group". By Monday, however, at least twelve more had entered the search listings. One had already had reached $2,000 with 29 bids having been processed.
Other current and former Presidential candidates appearing in the set include Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards and Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. A few other surprise candidates and political personalities are also showcased in the collection including Al Gore being tagged out by reigning U.S. President George W. Bush in a portrayal of Yankee second baseman Chuck Knoblauch’s phantom tag of Boston’s Jose Offerman during the ’99 American League Championship Series.
Other parodies include John McCain and Ted Williams, a pair of
decorated war veterans who served their country proudly; John Edwards’
portrayal of Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, both healthcare advocates, the
latter who appeared as a right fielder in a single MLB game for the New
York Giants (June 29, 1905); Fred Thompson blending with Babe Ruth, two
larger-than-life characters who have appeared on the silver screen; and
Rudy Giuliani as overzealous Yankee fan Jeffrey Maier whose infamous
eighth-inning catch of Derek Jeter’s long fly ball in Game 1 of the 1996
ALCS tied the score, 4-4, before the Yankees went on to win the pennant and
their first World Series title since 1978.
"Errors" and cards pulled from distribution brings modern collectors back to the card that may have started it all–and created a cult following: The 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken.