"If it's too good to be true, it probably is."
I've heard this quote time and time again throughout my lifetime. And today I'm going to share an example with all of you.
Earlier this month, I found this 2010-11 Panini R&S memorabilia card of Tim Duncan. I don't like the Spurs, but I've always admired Duncan because of the way he carries himself. I know there are people who consider him boring, but that's what I like about him. While a lot of players of his skill suffer from diarrhea of the mouth, The Big Fundamental lets his actions do all of the talking.
So when I came across this memorabilia card at an online card shop for a couple of dollars, I figured it'd be a nice addition to my collection. And I was partially correct.
The card itself is okay and features a decent design that's typical of Panini. On the back of the card there's a brief write-up on Duncan and is serial numbered to 299.
You're probably asking yourself... why is this card a part of my cardfoolery series? Well if you look carefully you'll see what I saw right away:
The enclosed swatch is guaranteed by Panini America, Inc.
What does this mean? It's guaranteed to be a piece of fabric? It's guaranteed to be black? It's guaranteed to be misleading?
Don't get me wrong... I understand that the manufacturers want to be vague to cover themselves, but this is going too far. This card is the epitome of "laziness" and in my book, it's foolish (hence the induction into my cardfoolery series).
At the very least it should say: This piece of memorabilia was game-worn in an NBA game by the athlete pictured. Or if companies insist on using event-worn jerseys, then at least give us this: This piece of memorabilia was worn in an NBA sponsored event by the athlete pictured.
Card manufacturers would be wise to consider the card industry's future. And right now, things aren't looking too bright when it comes to memorabilia/relic cards. The fact is, 99% of them don't hold their value due to overproduction and ill-defined COA's. So let's get the industry back on track. Here, I'll even help you guys out free of charge. Here's what a quality COA on a memorabilia card looks like:
Okay, so it's a baseball card COA. Well, I couldn't find a decent basketball card COA in my tradebait. This card's COA covers most of the bases. It states that the piece of fabric was cut from a jersey worn by the specified player in a real MLB game. Plus they take the time to show you the actual jersey before it was cut up. All they need to do is tell us the date the game took place and maybe a description of the player's performance and you'd have the perfect COA.
Now was that so difficult? I promise you (card manufacturers), that if you produced cards like these... you'd attract more collectors to your products and increase the chance your cards would hold their value... which in the end would benefit all of us in the long run. What do the rest of my fellow hobbyists think?
What's your opinion on memorabilia cards with vague COA's?
Happy Thursday everyone. The weekend is just around the corner. Sayonara!