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?


8 responses »

  1. ig4mer says:

    I certainty hope not. If I learned one thing collecting, it is all autographs are not created equal. I was naive once to thing an autograph pull is an autograph pull (if you know what I mean).

    I wonder/ suspect that Topps had licensing problems with the AFLAC cards so they had to cut up the card to release them but it is still a shame.

  2. jl says:

    This is what you get when you are running out of idea’s. I have alway thought that if the cut is a player not dead, why bother, but it is a chase card and collectors look for the diamond in the rough even if the card looks rough.

  3. Sal says:

    I don’t understand why a company would cut up a perfectly good autographed card. It would be like buying a brand new car and using it for parts to fix up the beater in your garage.

    Also, that very first card…great shot of the guy’s ass. That’s totally what I want to see on a card–a signed butt.

  4. Todd says:

    So the Topps card is a mock-up? Looking at the whole card you show, with the AFLAC duck I’d expect to see his feet and logo in the cut up preview version. Based on that I’d doubt it’s the same card they cut up, and would expect the actual sig used to be different.

    I will agree though that the companies seem to be grasping at straws and I’m not a fan of the Frankencards at all. First noticed that with UD cut sigs – first couple years they were beautiful, then it got down to chunks and the cards were not made to fit the smaller autos and looked horrible. I suppose its about the money, and as long as customers keep buying they’ll keep making what’s selling.

  5. Derrick says:

    Before the guys that signed with Razor, they signed their Bowman AFLAC high school cards. After they signed with Razor, Topps could not put them in packs. So they cut them up as “cut auto’s” and got around it… It was not the way to go about it and people were and still are pissed!

    • Todd says:

      Just went and saw some of these on the usual auction site… some of the worst looking cards I’ve seen. Hard to believe that was the best they could come up with and I can understand why people are upset. Two bad ideas do not make one good card.

  6. Paul says:

    I’m not sure why we have the Carlton card you picture, but the others exist because of licensing contracts.

    They stink.

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