Here I am on a holiday facing another case of insomnia. I should have known that no matter how much turkey I stuffed down my throat that I would be on the computer looking for a story to write about. I guess you could say that I am absolutely obsessed about this hobby and maintaining Wax Heaven. I think it’s clear to everyone (even if you don’t like me), that I work my ass off hunting down every scoop possible while trying my hardest to remain on a neutral ground.
I returned to the hobby a year and a half ago and the one complaint I hear more than any other is the rise (and soon to be fall) of sticker autographs. Guess what my first box of wax in over a decade was? 2007 Topps Co-Signers and despite pulling a bunch of nobodies, I fucking loved every minute of each pack because collecting is what I do. On that day, I pulled my first sticker autograph and not only was it shiny and loud but it wasn’t even on straight. That was all it took for me to fall in love again and ultimately, begin kicking around the idea of starting a baseball card blog.
I didn’t love stickers but I sure as hell did not hate them. That all changed tonight when I was browsing through eBay and ran across this monstrosity of a product called Topps Lettermen. Not only is this a “high-end” product that ranges from $160-$200 per box on the secondary market, it features manufactured (not game-used) patches with sticker autographs placed on them!
The result is absolutely brutal. Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t the whole point of “Letterman” patches to be signed? Fine, I can understand that each one can’t be “game-used” but how in the world can you get away with charging close to $200 dollars per box and throwing some leftover sticker on the card? I would rather spend the rest of my collecting life busting old, worthless boxes of Pinnacle & Fleer wax if this is the path our Hobby is on in 2008, marching into 2009.
Am I wrong to feel this way?