One of my favorite cards from 2007 is the Topps Allen & Ginter Fidel Castro Cut Signature. From collectors down to those who had never picked up a baseball card, everyone was furious at Topps for “exploiting” those affected by Castro’s regime.
It didn’t take very long for the card to hit close to home. After all, I’m married to a woman whose own parents fled Cuba in the 70’s. When I showed my wife a scan of the card, even she thought it was pretty ingenious. Keep in mind that neither I, my wife, or her family are Castro sympathizers.
Unfortunately, the cut signature was purchased and destroyed to make a statement.
It’s been two years since anything that controversial has hit The Hobby and quite frankly I figured we’d never see anything like it again. That all changed when I found a Che Guevara DNA relic on eBay last night, produced by Upper Deck this year.
Unless you’re unfamiliar with Che, he’s the man who helped take over Cuba with Castro and is the face you see on every “rebellious” teenager’s shirt at some point in their life. There was even a Che movie released this year starring popular actor, Benicio Del Toro, which raked in an abysmal $1.7 million in its entire box office run.
The Upper Deck Che Guevara card has been sleeping with the fishes on eBay for quite some time. Although there are just two copies available, no one has even considered paying $1,575 for a card with a tiny piece of hair and no photograph of the subject anywhere in sight.
Perhaps the revolution really is dead …