Sunday, December 7, 2008

If You Don't Hate Letterman . . . You Will Now

Manufactured patch and letter cards may serve a purpose as one of several insert sets within a product, but when a company uses it to drive the product and relies on them as the sole focus of the product, that is just lazy, greedy, and unacceptable. Obviously, to produce a set composed entirely of game-used jersey letters and patches would most likely carry with it a four figure price tag. That's why it hasn't been done to date and instead, those valuable memorabilia treasures have been sparingly used as inserts.

However, proving that if we (collector's as a whole) will buy it and it can then be resold to a sucker on ebay (who would pay $599 for this card) the manufacturers will continue to churn out this garbage. I understand their is intense pressure to bring innovation to the hobby but myself and other bloggers have presented economically viable alternatives to producing cards worthy of being collected. As a player collector, would a R-I-P-K-E-N booklet card be cool, game-used or not? Sure, but not at the MSRP this product commands ($200) or the price I would have to fork over competing with fans with much deeper pockets on the secondary market.

A completed listings search show a handful of of these booklets going for big bucks including the aforementioned and those of fanatical player collectors like Favre, Emmitt Smith, and Montanta, but 18 of 45 of them don't come close to returning 1/2 the value compared to the MSRP and many of those could be had for under $50.

Maybe I'm crazy,I just don't get it.


stusigpi said...

These are ok if you are a player collector. As a general card collector, I think they are silly. If i happen to get one out of a box of say finest, no big deal, but frankly, Letterman is overpriced, plastic, fake crap. I have seen boxes as low as 146. If they get to 50 i might pick one up. Letterman is just below triple threads however. I have no interest in buying any of those either.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Oh not to mention sticker autographs afixed to fabric?!?!? WTF is that?!?!? Can you say tacky?

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