Being one of the most-visited card blogs comes with a responsibility. It’s my duty to provide fair and balanced reporting, no matter what company is sponsoring the site. The truth is that 95% of what the card blogging community and message boards report on will never make it into Beckett’s blog or magazine.
Recently, I began the Baseball Card Commandments. I felt there were just some things in The Hobby that should never, ever be done. Commandment #1 was a big one: don’t steal other’s cards and call them your own. In the past we have seen Donruss, Razor, and TriStar do this and get called out on it.
Up until last night I had never seen Upper Deck commit this act. Well, that’s all changed thanks to the monstrosity that is the card you see below. It’s a cut up, in-person autograph of former M.V.P, Ken Caminiti. Clearly, that is a 1988 Topps card but what makes matters worse is the Topps logo in plain sight.
The owner of this card is asking for $300 dollars due to it being numbered to just 5 copies. The problem is that even though there are only five versions from 2009 Legendary Cuts, there are hundreds of copies of Caminiti’s on-card certified autographs from 1996 Leaf Signature and 1997 Donruss Signature, not to mention thousands of in-person autographs Ken signed throughout his career.
So while I commend Upper Deck for providing collectors and opportunity to pick up an autograph of a deceased fan favorite, the fact that many of his in-person autographs can be had for under $20 dollars shows that he is far from “legendary” and not worth having a cut signature in a major product.