We all know about TRIStar and their love of cutting out autographs from cards, and mounting them on a new card.
Well apparently this might be something that is here to stay. Topps recently released photos of some of the cards from their upcoming 2011 Topps Pro Debut Series 1 set. Although I may not be in love with the design, I can live with it as long as the photos are sharp (which they seem to be). However, I almost vomited when I saw that they are taking cut autographs to new lows.
The original idea behind a cut autograph was simple. Get a certified autograph of a great deceased player or person, cut out the autograph and mount it in a card. This was a great idea for letters, contracts, autograph books, programs, etc. Then we started getting the frankencards, the players were still dead, but the autographs were taken from older cards.
Of course with every great idea, and cut signature cards were an awesome idea, the card companies have to go and ruin it. First we started getting cut autographs of living players like below:
OK at least I get that he is a Hall of Fame player, but no way is he a tough autograph to get. In fact he does many free signings every summer across the US. This is what I would call a manufactured cut autograph. Now Topps has taken cut autographs to a new low, with this:
If you don’t know what the above card is from, it’s a very rare AFLAC card that was issued as part of a set for the annual AFLAC high school All Stars game. Here is an example of the card:
The AFLAC card itself is worth between $60 – $100. I am trying to figure out how Topps feels that a cut up version of this card is going to be worth more than the original card itself. If they had it as a leftover from the event, then issue it as an insert as it. I am just dumbfounded by this card. What’s next? Cutting up old rookie cards and encapsulating them? How do you feel about these frankencards?