Here's the question of the day, how long can cards receive a "RC" stamp on the front of the cards by our friends at Topps. Naturally, since he's mentioned in the post title, J.P. Arencibia is the culprit here.
Exhibit A: 2010 Bowman Draft # BDP 103
All of the other cards listed in the magazine for this set have RC designations, so naturally this must be an RC as well. I wondered since this card was from a draft pick set, it might be considered an XRC or an RC*. But not in this case. I also looked at the Topps Update (US-210) card from 2010, it has the RC tag on the front of the card as well.
Exhibit B: 2011 Topps Chrome # 182
|Still has the RC designation.|
Can't miss it, this card has the RC designation as well. Now I realize I was out of the collecting game on a full time basis for quite a few years, but have the rules changed regarding the RC designation, or is Topps making the rules up as they go?
I was under the impression that by allowing the RC stamp that collectors would be able to identify true rookie cards and not be worried about what unscrupulous dealers/sellers would tell them. For me, this kind of throws a wrinkle to that theory. Has anybody noticed another situation like this, where an RC stamp appeared on multiple years for the same player? Or am I just missing something here?
Comments here would be much appreciated.
Thanks for reading, Robert
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