Sunday, December 2, 2012

It just keeps getting better and better

You may remember a while back the controversy regarding the jerseys being used for cards not being legit, yada yada yada.  I will not bore you with all that again.

This article that I read on Saturday, courtesy of our favorite Beckett editor Sooz, reveals another disappointing happening in the world of card collecting.

As you can plainly see below, the signature on a Devante Smith-Pelly was actually stamped on to the card, instead of being hard signed by the player.  As Susan goes on through the article, she does mention that card companies are dealing with this and taking care of people who pulled the stamped cards.

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Honestly makes you wonder what Devante was actually thinking when he stamped the cards.  Was this greed, or just plain laziness?  Is this what a young hockey player thinks is acceptable?

Here is a quote from Adam Larry, director of licensing for the NHLPA.  “It was just an error in judgment. There wasn’t any bad intention on his behalf.”

In my opinion, young players are well aware of the money they are receiving from these deals with the card companies, and what these cards are worth on the open market as well.  Whatever kind of intention he had, it surely isn't the right one.

I don't think that players who sign autographs before or after games carry a stamp with them...(yea, that's harsh, but it's true)

Finally, this situation also makes me wonder how this slipped through quality control at the card companies.  Let's put it this way, I'll readily admit that I'm no expert when it comes to autographs, but even I could tell from this picture that was posted that the autograph was stamped.

Kind of reaffirms my choice in not collecting high end products such as this.

Thanks for reading, Robert

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