Ten years ago, most collectors had to wait months to read about card-related news in either Beckett or through Tuff Stuff. How much controversy do you think both those companies ignored just to save advertising dollars?
Yesterday, a member of the Card Informant forums made a very interesting discovery on eBay. As it turns out, over 100 Inkworks autographs had been sold through an eBay account “wwwaitexascom” weeks prior to the announcement that Razor had bought the Inkworks archives, believed to contain over 20,000 autographs.
Razor had released a sell sheet for Ink Archives which was due to be released in May and according to Trader Crack’s, contained just under 18,000 Inkworks autographs. The problem occurred when Card Informant did some background checks and found out that the eBay account belongs to a company owned by Brian Gray of Razor.
As you can imagine, many accusations have been tossed around including that Razor cherry-picked the best autographs and sold them on eBay and stuck collectors with the commons for Ink Archives. I can’t imagine for one second that Brian would be so brazen to attempt such a scheme and destroy the credibility of his company. Ultimately, we will find out the truth when Ink Archives starts popping up on YouTube.
The question I have is why did Razor not sell the Inkworks autographs not being included in Archives through its much-publicised eBay account? I spoke with Brian last night and he informed me that there were plenty of the “big name” autographs being included in Ink Archives and that there were so many leftover cards that there might even be a second series released in the near future.
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Update – Brian has informed Wax Heaven that the remaining Inkworks cards have been removed from eBay. He also stated that the reason they were being sold on another account was because the cards were not produced by Razor.
FINAL UPDATE: Brian Gray released the following statement;
We sold cards PRIOR to even deciding to make this product. I do however feel we should have pulled these off immediately upon issuing the order form. For this delay, we apologize.
In no way are ANY of the quality hits for this product sold elsewhere. On some names, we had additional copies and we did indeed sell some of these. We also sold lots of lesser names as well. However, all additional autographs in stock will be SAVED and used for a potential future product. NO MORE of these cards will be sold by me of any affiliated companies in the near future. We deleted these auctions immediately upon hearing feedback. As always, we react promptly to customer feedback/concerns.
Any questions can feel free to call me at 214-393-4510. I encourage the curious to call rather than speculate, guess or worse.