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Collecting Game Used Cards
A game used card refers to a card that has a piece of equipment that was used or worn by a player and then was cut up and built into a card. There have been various types of memorabilia included in game used cards through the years including jerseys, pants, bats, helmets, cleats, gloves, masks and hockey fight straps. There have been many different variations of game used cards that have been made through out the years, including some really colorful and highly sought after patch pieces and rare types of bat cards including pieces of bat barrels and pieces of bat knob.
Game used cards were originally designed for 1997 Upper Deck Baseball. The first game used cards were very tough to find and fell at a rate of 1 in 800 packs. The first 3 players used were Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn and Rey Ordonez. That same year, in 1997 Upper Deck Football, they expanded the program to a 10 card set, but they fell at a much tougher rate of 1 in 2600 hobby packs. This set featured Brett Favre, John Elway, Troy Aikman and others. Game used cards became very popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and were the most widely collected cards during that time period. Because of this, the manufacturers began putting them into boxes at a much higher rate and the price of the cards came down in value. In 2001 the first product was made that guaranteed 1 autograph or game used card per pack which made game used cards easier to get, but also brought the value down to some extent. Now, it is much easier to buy game used cards at a cheap enough price to add many to a collection without having to spend a lot of money.
Some of the most collected game used cards are multi colored patch cards. Patch cards started being produced more often due to collectors’ demands for something different then plain swatches that were starting to come down in value because they were in every product. These multi- color pieces are cut from areas on the jersey where there is more color, whether it be from the nameplate, the team logo, the League emblems or other colorful sports from a player’s jersey card. These patch cards usually sell for a premium over a plain colored swatch because of their uniqueness and rarity and have become a favorite of many top level collectors who are looking for something unique to add to their collection.
Unfortunately, because of their popularity, unscrupulous collectors and dealers have started to fake the patches that are on cards. They do this in various ways, but the main way is cutting pieces from other patches that are bought from the store and not used or worn by the players and replacing them into the card. Sometimes these fakes are easy to spot, but sometimes the fake patch is so good it is very hard to distinguish from a real one. Like anything else, you have to trust the dealer you are buying from that he knows how to spot the fake. Sometimes, the patch faker uses a card that was never made with a patch, so sometimes with a little bit of research one can figure it out on their own if a patch is fake or not.
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A story was posted on Beckett.com earlier today preview a product from Panini titled 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts. This product mimics the release of 2011 Sp Legendary cuts with a mixture of cuts of Major athletes as well as other celebrities and personalities. Hopefully Panini can provide enough value to collectors on a box by box basis to make for the shortfalls that this product could potentially have. Without pictures on the cards, it is extremely important to have a good design and quality cuts to make this set a success or it could fail miserably. From the initial looks of the product it seems like Panini is using a nice design with quality cuts but it could just be a mock-up and we will have to wait and see what is actually contained in the product before making a final judgment. I also am not a fan of using living players in a cut product even if they are paired with deceased players, although it is cool to have a tiger woods auto with a Ben Hogan.
Recently, Beckett posted a preview of 2011 Topps heritage Rookie Edition here. This product will be using the design of the 2011 Topps heritage set but it will be rookies only. While I like the idea behind this set, there are some major flaws right out of the gate. First of all, do we need another rookie based product? We have Bowman, Bowman chrome, Bowman draft, Bowman platinum, Bowman Sterling, Topps Debut and Topps Chrome which are all primarily rookie driven. Do we need another new product for rookies? Couldn’t this product have replaced another product line or at least have been added to it? Another issue I have with this product is the use of stickers for the autograph cards. Every year of Topps Heritage baseball has featured on card autograph cards and that has been one of the main draws to the set, but this 2011 Topps Heritage rookie set looks to have sticker autographs and ugly ones at that. This might change, and they might have only used stickers for the mock-up, but from the pictures the autograph cards look pretty ugly. I do like the look of the patch cards and I do like the design of the heritage set itself, but I am not sure if this is the right set for Topps to do right now, especially when there entire product line is lacking qood, quality sets that appeal to all collectors and not just the rookie collectors and prospectors.
2010 Topps magic football is the second year of this product line. Last year’s set was very similar to this year except that all of the players were in their college uniforms. This year’s set is very similar in content and layout in that includes a very large autograph set as well as dual and triple autograph cards of various themes. The cards themselves look nice, and although the autographs are all signed on stickers, the sticker blends into the card quite well. The autograph set includes some retired big name players such as Emmitt Smith, Joe Namath, Steve Young as well as current stars Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning. The set will be a challenge to put together, because there are a ton of shortprints, but I think it will be attempted.
While I think this product was made with the right idea, it is hurt by the fact that there are way, way too many scrubs also included in the set. Do Brian Brohm, Kellen Clemens, James Hardy and Devin Thomas really need an Autograph in this set? I think this set would have been much better received it included more retired mid level players or key current players who aren’t used in every set but would still have some demand, such as offensive or defensive lineman or maybe even kickers? Instead they include a lot of players who appear in every single product!
Overall, I think many singles in this set have great long-term value because the good ones are nice and hard to pull but if they bring this product back next year I think they should improve the autograph selection to make the whole checklist more collectible.
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