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How Far Can Memorabilia Cards Go?

By June 9, 2008

Since the first memorabilia cards were introduced back in the 1990's, sports card manufacturers have spent a lot of time and money coming up with new ways to keep them fresh and relevant. Sometimes it seems like every possible piece of uniform, equipment or other inanimate object associated with sports has been cut up and inserted into cards.

At some point you have to wonder if the card companies will get to a point that's as far as they can go. We haven't reached that point yet, but some recent cards make it look like we may be getting close.

The card pictured here is from Upper Deck's upcoming 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball. It's from an insert set entitled Hair Cuts, a name that describes the cards perfectly since they combine a cut signature with an actual piece of hair. In this case, the hair strand in question is from the famous Native American leader Geronimo.

Upper Deck isn't the only company to try something like this - Topps has DNA Relics in Allen & Ginter Baseball which are pretty much the same minus the autograph. Some collectors have expressed anger in the past when rare memorabilia was sliced up for cards, but at the end of the day, those were just things. Putting an actual piece of someone on a card is something else entirely, and while it's hard to deny the "wow" factor of these cards, I would not be surprised at all if some people, especially if they are non-collectors, have a problem with this concept.

Whether you enjoy pondering things like the future of memorabilia cards or just want to see more of these cards, you won't have long to wait. SP Legendary Cuts baseball goes on sale later this week, while 2008 Allen & Ginter baseball is scheduled for release in July.


June 13, 2008 at 8:11 am
(1) cowboycards says:

I don’t have a problem with DNA or hair samples being including into cards but I do have a problem with Upper Deck including an NON SPORTS Related person in a SPORTS Card brand. If they want to release a president themed brand or an native american themed brand, go for it but don’t allow these cards to infultrate my sports cards. I collect sports cards because I LOVE sports. What was Geronimos lifetime batting average anyway?

June 13, 2008 at 9:59 am
(2) sportscards says:

I ran a poll on the question of non-sports personalities in sports products a few months ago. For what it’s worth, a majority of people agreed with you, though it wasn’t a large majority and it was an admittedly tiny sample size!

June 18, 2008 at 11:02 am
(3) Robert says:

Last year I started colletcing again and really enjoy the relic and game used cards, as long as they are baseball related. These political and non-sports cards are silly. The card companies should take a lesson from other business giants that expanded their product lines beyond their area of expertise and failed. The baseball (and other sports for that matter) relic cards are great and getting better. These “Geronimo” cards are an unwanted distraction.

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