Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Preview: 2013 Pastime Collection: Hall Of Fame Signed Card Edition
Each buyback card has been authenticated and slabbed, either in a magnetic holder and sealed with a gold sticker or slabbed by JSA, PSA, SGC or the original card company that issued the card. Some of the cards contain relics like a jersey or bat swatch.
The 5 HOF signed cards will be random in the boxes except for the DiMaggio and Mantle Hot boxes.
Each box will also contain one base card Pastime Performers, these cards are #/25 each. The checklist includes many of the HOF players from the early days of baseball in the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Players like King Kelly and Dan Brouthers. I actually like the design; unfortunately they were ruined by the use of these horrid images. Had they used a simple black and white image the cards would have a classic look but instead they used images that appear to be manipulated by someone who finally got a chance to try out Photoshop.
An added bonus is the redemption program; some boxes will include an additional card (8 cards instead of 7 cards) with the extra card being a redemption card. You scratch off the code and contact the company and you will receive another signed slabbed Hall of Fame card that was too large to fit in the box.
There are positives and negatives here, I know that some collectors have ripped Leaf for doing this and I am sure those same collectors will have the same thing to say here, but this gives collectors a chance at an autographed card from a Hall of Famer. The down side is that Pastime Card Company is a new company so people will have their doubts, at least initially, and dropping $250 on an unknown is a big gamble. I think if they were to drop the price to $75-125 range they would probably sell out pretty quickly, at that point I probably would consider buying in.