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28-09-2012, 08:09 AM
Question about signatures and cards
Let's say you have a signed Babe Ruth baseball = $$$$
Let's say you have a Babe Ruth rookie card = $$$$

Now, you would think that if you put those together you would have $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

...but no. I was told this at a card shop from the owner as a kid (maybe 9), and it has never sat well with me.

If you somehow managed to have a signed Babe Ruth rookie card, it would be worthless because the signature defaced the card. But... how can the player's signature deface the card? I never got this... this would make the card even more rare... right?

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28-09-2012, 08:51 AM
RE: Question about signatures and cards
Who is Babe Ruth?

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28-09-2012, 09:06 AM
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(28-09-2012 08:51 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Who is Babe Ruth?

I think he invented the candy bar.

My understanding about this sort of thing is it really has to do with the perceived value the buyer gives it. Some collectors prize a more pristine card, so the closer to the original shape (sans autograph), the more valuable the card. But other collectors prize autographs, so they care less for the shape of the card over the authenticity of the signature. So hardcore collectors of cards would view the card has having less value, but I should think that in an auction scenario, the card is going to go to the person with the money who values both the signature and the card.

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28-09-2012, 09:11 AM
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(28-09-2012 08:51 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Who is Babe Ruth?

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28-09-2012, 09:12 AM
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(28-09-2012 09:06 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  
(28-09-2012 08:51 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Who is Babe Ruth?

I think he invented the candy bar.

My understanding about this sort of thing is it really has to do with the perceived value the buyer gives it. Some collectors prize a more pristine card, so the closer to the original shape (sans autograph), the more valuable the card. But other collectors prize autographs, so they care less for the shape of the card over the authenticity of the signature. So hardcore collectors of cards would view the card has having less value, but I should think that in an auction scenario, the card is going to go to the person with the money who values both the signature and the card.

Makes sense... still, strange line of thinking.

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28-09-2012, 09:15 AM
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It is strange.

I liken it to that small minority of people who believe that ancient texts hold arcane information about an imaginary supernatural world. Drinking Beverage

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28-09-2012, 09:17 AM
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(28-09-2012 09:12 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(28-09-2012 09:06 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  I think he invented the candy bar.

My understanding about this sort of thing is it really has to do with the perceived value the buyer gives it. Some collectors prize a more pristine card, so the closer to the original shape (sans autograph), the more valuable the card. But other collectors prize autographs, so they care less for the shape of the card over the authenticity of the signature. So hardcore collectors of cards would view the card has having less value, but I should think that in an auction scenario, the card is going to go to the person with the money who values both the signature and the card.

Makes sense... still, strange line of thinking.

It is but collectors are a strange lot, something we'd never think of let alone see, they freak out over. Lord Erxy is right, I think you need somebody that values both, if you auction it just put a reserve on it (remember the auction house takes a very healthy cut).

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28-09-2012, 09:18 AM
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(28-09-2012 09:15 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  It is strange.

I liken it to that small minority of people who believe that ancient texts hold arcane information about an imaginary supernatural world. Drinking Beverage

That's 2 for 2 today.

Stark was right.

No matter how off topic my posts are, it will always be brought back to religion.

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28-09-2012, 09:29 AM
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Speaking of off topic, religion seems to be way off in my way of thinking. Consider

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28-09-2012, 09:44 AM
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It's not off topic.

The gods collect souls.

I don't think a damaged (signed) soul is less valuable than a pure soul but other gods disagree.

It's actually a very hot topic at god conventions.

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