When I got back into the hobby I never imagined just how many autographed baseball cards I would end up with. I have pulled great autographs from players I loathe (Michael Bourne), to players I love (Ryan Braun) but the one thing that never crosses my mind is what format the autograph is on. My best-reviewed box of 2007 was SPx and they had on-card auto’s but my second-best reviewed box was Finest and they had sticker auto’s. I can honestly say that I could care less which one I pull as long as I got my autograph. So what’s the big deal with the anti-sticker auto movement?
One of the products from 2007 that included on-card autographs was Goudey. Now, I have yet to open a box but from the auto’s I have seen on eBay, in my opinion, the cards are just not as attractive as sticker auto’s. For example, check out Paul Konerko’s scribble autograph that takes up more than half the card or Derek Jeter’s auto that clashes with his photo. One is a complete mess and the other you might miss the first time around.
Of course, this is a personal preference subject so I am not going to sway your views in any way but perhaps me having O.C.D is the reason I choose sticker any day of the week. I like the idea of a sticker being placed at the bottom or middle of the card, encouraging players to sign in a designated spot. Also, the hologram ensures that there is no way to mistake that you just pulled an autograph out of your box or pack.
One reason that I hear often about why people prefer on-card auto’s is because the player has actually touched the card itself. While this may be true, I am almost certain the player probably touched the sticker, as well. Also, given a sheet of stickers instead of a card might save the player from scratching the surface of the card or dinging one of the corners, something most non-collectors tend to do. Let’s face it, only collectors know how to properly handle cards and I am guessing that a guy like Derek Jeter probably has better things to do than to collect baseball cards.
To each his own, I suppose. Personally, autograph format never plays a role in which product I select to buy. I am just happy enough to get myself one or two per box! That is a joy every collector should have a chance to experience.
So to card collectors reading this; what do you prefer and why?