Before the days of game-used relics and certified autographs, die-cut baseball cards ruled the Hobby. A perfect example is the highly sought-after 1994 SP Die Cut Alex Rodriguez rookie card which fetches big money each and every time one is sold.
While die cut baseball cards are still in use by brands like Tristar and Donruss, it’s clear the focus today is still on game-used relics and certified autographs, no matter how low the secondary market prices drop to. What if Topps retired Refractors for a year and replaced them with serial numbered die-cut parallels? Would the Hobby come to a screeching halt?
I love Refractors more than any other technology but unfortunately it’s been used to death with all the different colors and how it’s been featured in non-sports brands. Of course, considering how addicted to Refractors collectors have become, it’s something that we will likely never see.
Below are a few examples of Donruss’ Power Alley inserts featuring Die-Cut technology. Unfortunately, unless Donruss can regain their M.L.B license they will never make anything that looks remotely close to these cards below.
Judging from the sales of ’08 Prime Cuts, it’s clear collectors don’t mind.