When was the last time you bought a pack of baseball cards? Did you know products such as Upper Deck’s Legendary Cuts and Topps Allen & Ginter is going to give you, the collector an opportunity to own signatures and yes, even pieces of hair from such historical figures as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington?
Now, as great as that sounds I have to wonder where are the more notorious figure’s autographs in these products? As important as Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have been to our history you would have to include such figures as Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro, wouldn’t you?
Now, while I am in no way a communist or a fan of any of these men, in my opinion, cut autographs of any of these would be HUGE not only in our hobby but for the rest of the outside world who doesn’t know the difference between a game-used relic and a Refractor. Much like the ‘A PIece of History’ Bat Relic cards and the George Washington DNA card received mainstream media attention, so would these autographs.
Pulling an autograph of Fidel Castro and wanting to keep it doesn’t make you a bad person, does it?
Currently on eBay there are several interesting auctions with some of these men’s autographs. For starters, here is one of Hitler. While not the nicest-looking autograph, it doesn’t get any more historically significant than that.
There is also a beautiful autograph of Napoleon Bonaparte on eBay selling for considerably less. Now, imagine pulling THAT cut auto from your box of Legendary Cuts. Talk about your brand living up to its name!
In case anyone is wondering…Topps put a cut autograph of Fidel Castro in Allen & Ginter and all hell broke loose. The man who pulled it became a pawn for the anti-Castro movement and completely destroyed the one of one and failed to sell it on eBay time and time again. You can view the before and after photos of the Cuban dictator/baseball fan HERE.