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Friday, April 28, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge (Day 28)

Day 28: A favorite relic/manufactured relic card

Oddly enough, this is kind of difficult.

As a pop culture enthusiast, a large part of my "personal" collection is focused on entertainment autographs and relics. And over the years, I've put together what I feel is a pretty impressive collection of my favorite actors and actresses. No, you won't find Robin Williams or Tom Hanks autographs, unfortunately. But I do have a relic card with Jennifer Garner's latex dress from Alias. And Levar Burton and Bruce Campbell's autographs. And dozens more relics and autographs.

I have some beautiful patches, too. When Playoff/Donruss lost their MLB license in 2005, they dumped some awesome swatches in their packs, and I've grabbed a few nice ones. Regardless of the subject on the card, if it's a unique item I'm interested in having it in my collection.
I've finished one relic set, and I started it just by chance. I came across a bunch of the Japanese team relic cards from an Upper Deck USA release a couple years ago, and used COMC and a little luck here in Japan to finish the set inexpensively. There are a couple other relic sets I enjoy: Bazooka Adventures and Fun Facts relic sets, and the Currency Connection coin sets from Topps Gallery. I'm chasing Adventures and Fun Facts, but I'm not actively searching for Currency Connection cards due to their price.

My player collection has relics, too. Some are easier to find than others; Pujols has lots of swatches out there, while Julio Franco does not. The rarer ones are sometimes more treasured because of the effort it took for me to obtain it. I'm happy to have all of them in my collection, too.

As far as manu-patches go, they're cool, but overpriced. I tried to collect some of the manu-patch sets from around 2004 (Sweet Spot, UD Patch Collection) but had to give that up because of cost.
One of my favorite relics is one of my newest. Or, two of my newest. I collect gymnastics autographs and relics, and Aly Raisman has a relic card in 2016 Goodwin Champions. I have both cards above in my COMC account. They are certified as being used in a gymnastics event, and are obviously not just from a T-shirt. I would guess that the swatches are either from a leotard or a warm-up suit.

I guess I could show you more of my "awesome" relic cards, but they're all in the US. In fact, if you're wondering why so many of my card images have come from COMC, it's for that same reason. The majority of my collection is in America. So, thanks, COMC, for letting me use your images... of my cards and others'.


  1. How popular are those Upper Deck Japanese team relics in Japan? There's a couple guys in the set having decent NPB careers - Sho Aranami, Shota Ohno, Takashi Ogino - and of course Yuki Saitoh.

    1. Any card of a Japanese player carries a premium, but those regular jersey swatches don't. Except for the players who made it - Saitoh's card commands a big premium, and I was shocked that I could get it for only 1000 yen. The shop owner must have not been paying much attention when he priced that one. I got many of the common cards for 100 yen each at a card show, but I've seen them priced much higher at some shops.

      I guess the short answer is that in the right market they can be valuable but I don't think they have any serious popularity.

  2. Always liked the different memorabilia cards Bazooka inserted into their packs. I can already tell that this is going to be a difficult challenge for me.

    1. Cartoons on baseball cards = win!
      Giant heads on baseball cards = win!

      Putting those sets together though has been going much slower than I thought it would. I haven't really focused on building them, though.