Jersey Gate

Originally posted 9/13/12 on our website:

This week something came to light in the sports card world that could disrupt it’s integrity for year’s to come. It appears that at least one, if not more, 3rd parties sold fraudelent jersey’s to the major card companies (MCC). They sold them with the intent to profit off of jersey’s that were in fact not ever game worn.

So how does this affect the sports card hobby? Well it depends on how you view this revelation. This coming to light. means that it is quite possible that the cards that the MCC’s placed into packs were in fact not 100% authentic. Now, I personally don’t believe that Topps, Panini, Upper Deck or any other company that purchased fraudulent material, placed these “cloth” pieces into cards with the intent to profit with fraudulent intent or malice. That legalese would be for those MCC’s, their lawyers and the Honorable Judges to sort through.

Where my opinion came into play this week was both on twitter and again on Card Board Radio’s Wednesday evening (9/12/12) blog radiocast. I told some friends and other tweeps, that I didn’t personally care if the cloth in these cards were real or not. I purchased the card, for the card itself. The design, the rarity, the player, the team, etc. It didn’t matter if the tiny sliver of cloth was real or not. If “said player” “wore” this item, did it even really touch his DNA? Was it game worn, or just on his body for a few seconds? Does it really truly matter? If I removed the piece of cloth from the card and had it DNA tested vs the player’s actual DNA, would the scientists even find a match? Probably not.

To me the integrity of the card, does not lie in the accuracy and authenticity of the cloth, bat, seat or base that has been inserted in the card to raise it’s rarity and value. The integrity of the card lies with the fact that Topps, Panini, Upper Deck, etc actually made this card.

In my aforementioned disussions (or disagreements), I was told by a few people that if the authenticity of the cloth within the card is in question, then the card itself is in fact, “not real”. I am sorry, but I have to disagree. I look at the bottom of the card and I see “TM, (R), (C), 2010 The Topps Company Inc”. In my opinion that means to me that the card in fact is real. If Lou Gehrig, did not in fact touch the bat in which the relic came from, then so be it. This is a sweet card, that I felt was worth my hard earned money. I have enjoyed looking at it for 2 years on my desk. I believe I got my money’s worth.

Using the word “worth” brings up my next point, which I will save for my next blog. In short, I don’t mind if something was actually worn or touched by my favorite player. Just keep giving me good looking cards that are affordable and would be nice additions to my PC. After all, we do this as a fun hobby and not to make money.

And if you are in to make money… You are in the wrong line of work! And you may also want to google what the word hobby means. For heaven’s sake, they are only baseball cards!

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