July 21, 2010

It's not wood afterall

For years, when I saw the Allen and Ginter wood mini cards, I assumed they were made out of wood. Little wood chips the size of a regular mini with the picture on front. I don’t even think I thought there was a back to the cards.

I saw a Kevin Kouzmanoff for sale right before I went on vacation last week. I sniped that sucker and made sure I won it. I received the card the day before I left for vacation.

I tore into it quickly all the while thinking, how cool this wood chip card is going to be.

But it’s not wood. Since I have never seen one of these cards in person before, I really had no idea these cards weren’t really wood. It’s just cardboard - not that there is a problem with cardboard.

This card is just a regular mini from Allen and Ginter with a wood-tint finish on the front. They could really make the front any hue they want this way, but they chose wood and for years I went on thinking these were actual wood cards.

I’m not disappointed that I own another Kouz 1/1, but I was definitely disappointed to learn that this wasn’t real wood. … There are so many jokes I could make here, but I am just going to end this post in saying, yes, I like wood.



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10 comments:

  1. Wow, that's sad. I always thought the same thing that you did: that the front of the card was printed on a thin wood and then affixed to regular cardboard on the back, or something like that.

    It's a major disappointment for me to learn that's not the case. Probably a major-er disappointment for you, as the proud owner of a new wood-but-not-really card.

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  2. So, what you're saying is....the only true wood A&G card would be Kerry Wood? :-)

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  3. I was like you and Grand Cards, so now I too know the ugly truth. Next thing you'll be telling me that there's no Santa Claus...

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  4. This is so disappointing.

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  5. And just like that, the dream is dead. I, too, assumed the cards were made of wood. The wood 'finish' is an absurdly simple 'effect' to use.

    I don't like getting older and seeing the 'truth' behind this industry.

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  6. I always wondered that myself - though it seemed to be too easy to know if there was a wood card inside any given rip card due to the extra weight. I guess I now know why you can't use weight to tell whether or not the contained mini is a wood card!

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  7. Huh, there were wood laminate cards all over the place in the '90s and early '00s. They were fragile and ugly, but still cool. I'm somewhat disappointed by this revelation.

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  8. I thought the same thing when I pulled the only one I have:

    http://nightowlcards.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-i-didnt-get-at-card-show.html

    You even commented on it.

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  9. Nightowl, I'm getting old. My memory is not what it used to be.

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  10. Interesting -- Topps used wood for some "hardwood" basketball inserts in stad club in the 90s.

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