On-Card Autographs Only A Luxury in These Times

You may call this a flip flop. At one point, long ago, I was a die-hard anti-sticker collector. I hated everything about them and felt that cards should be held and signed by my favorite players. Well, my feelings have changed and for many reasons all within the last four months.

For starters, thanks to @Celebzdirect’s Twitter account, I am witnessing something I suspected all along, our baseball heroes HATE signing cards and might as well hate us collectors who buy baseball cards. For more proof, look at players’ disdain for Topps’ photographer, who by the way, was a total sweetheart. Simply put, fuck you and your overpaid, prima donna attitudes. You guys are being payed ridiculous money to play a game, you should kiss the fans’ asses every moment you are alive, instead, you shun us for collecting cards.

Secondly, as we have seen with the disaster that was 2015 Topps Tribute, on-card autographs can smear and at that point the entire card is ruined. With stickers, if they are CLEAR, you have options on what stickers to use rather than having to pay some asshole to re-sign all new cards, thereby delaying your entire product or forcing the use of redemptions, which are 1,000 times worse than Hitler.

Finally, and bare with me … sticker autographs don’t look all that bad anymore. Long gone are the days of those bright silver stickers that only looked decent on 2007 Bowman’s Best and ultra futuristic products like Finest and Moments and Milestones. So long as the stickers are clear, small, and classy, I don’t mind one way or another. At this point, on-card autographs are a luxury in this hobby and are not to be expected with every release. However, any product that delivers less than 20 cards and costs $200 or more should be exclusively on-card. PERIOD.

What’s your opinion on stickers? For the record, the card below is a 2015 Topps Museum Collection of Roger Clemens. Clearly, this was a Topps leftover and not the normal stickers being found in this product. The card itself is amazing and should bring in some big money but I can’t help wonder how much nicer it would have been with a different style of sticker autograph.

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4 thoughts on “On-Card Autographs Only A Luxury in These Times

  1. John

    I like them, the shiny ones make the cards stand out.

  2. CK

    I’m not a fan of sticker autos. I have a few, but really prefer on-card autos. My dislike stems from many of the same reasons you stated above: I like knowing that a player held and signed this actual card, rather than signing a bunch of stickers without even seeing or knowing what card they will go on.

    I also think there is a much greater risk of fraud with sticker autos. I have seen instances where some crook will take a worthless sticker auto, rub away that player’s auto and forge the signature of a star; remove the sticker and place it on the new, forged player’s card, and sell it for a lot of money. This is the exception, not the norm, but still. In general, something about sticker autos is just less personal to me than on-card autos.

    Having said that, it’s disappointing to hear or know that many players hate signing cards. I don’t understand that. Beyond the money issue, which alone should make them sign with a smile, they were once kids, too. And frankly, they still are young. Didn’t they want their favorite players to sign cards or autographs? Maybe not, I don’t know. Maybe athletes today, in general, are more out of touch. Granted, they work very hard to get where they are, and maybe they have forgotten, or don’t know, what it’s like to be a normal fan. But still, I don’t get it.

  3. If the price is right… I’ll pick up a sticker autograph for my player or team PC’s. However the past year or so, I’ve been focusing on certain hard signed cards like… 1998 Donruss Significant Signatures, 1999 Upper Deck Century Epic Signatures, and 2013 Five Star Retired & Active Player autographs.

  4. Matt

    Sticker autos have their place in the hobby if done right, by they are mostly a byproduct of laziness on the part of card companies. In the day and age of FedEx and digital camera, there is no logistical excuse for not having on-card autographs.

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