I don’t understand Topps and their designers. You have the rights to the most iconic designs in sports card history. Licenses to use any MLB trademarked logos and an army of dedicated fans of the set and what do you do to the cut autographs? You butcher them! You fucking butcher the rarest cards in the set! Plus the subject list so far that I’ve seen is pathetic!
Let me give you a sample of that I’m talking about:
Richard freaking Petty. In a HERITAGE baseball card set. This does not scream baseball heritage to me, not at all. Worst of all they turned a $15 autograph into a $700 one. I believe these fall one per master case. That’s some pretty steep odds. Plus it’s a racing icon, why wouldn’t you put in something to do with the 1966 baseball season.
Let’s look at some of the other gems available and how much they have been marked up shall we?
Tug McGraw (and a shitty autograph of him). Right now his signature can be bought on eBay for about $30, now turn it into a cut auto and get $400 for it. At least he is a baseball player. So I was thinking maybe 1966 was his rookie season. Nope! His was 1965.
Next up Woodie Fryman, a career sub 0.500 pitcher. He was a two time All Star over an 18 year career. You could not put a more boring autograph in the set if you wanted to. At least his rookie season was 1966, so you have that. Want one for yourself on eBay? It’s just $8, or you can buy this one for $500? Just shaking my head in sadness here.
Finally, this gem:
What the actual fuck? What the hell was Topps thinking making this? First rule in cut card making, never ever cover the autograph. If you can’t fit it, DON’T FUCKING INSERT IT IN THE GOD DAMN CARD! Oh and thanks for the $3 autograph. Inserted into the card above, it pulled $400. If you want one as a cut autograph, how about this one for $7.25?
Overall, this is such a disappointment. The cut autograph cards have been spiralling down the toilet ever since the 2013 set. This is just poor, and very short sided by Topps brass. Why oh why couldn’t you come up with better autographs? So sad!