They’re the pot of gold inside that hobby box, but is a cut signature card representing the loss of a true piece of history?
From George Washington to George Bush.
Frank Chance to Frank Sinatra.
Geronimo to Gerald Ford.
Baseball cards have become part history lesson as companies look to add more bang for the buck to keep sales from dropping too deeply into the red. Autograph cards are no longer just for modern-era athletes. Signed documents are being purchased and cut into pieces small enough to fit on a traditional trading card–1 of 1 treasures that sell for big money on eBay.
It’s a subject that causes steam to exit the ears of vintage card and autograph collectors. For every fan of the latest, hottest autograph cuts there is another traditionalist that abhors the concept.
Those who love historic pieces for what they are believe that while the cards might lead to sales, it’s a short-sighted notion.
After reading his latest piece, you can safely count Rick Badwey of WorthPoint.com in that group.