I watched this video more than once and every time it brought a tear to my eye. Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment or maybe I tried to make sense of this Mickey Mantle autograph cut card.
This is a mini cut auto from 2010 Topps T206.
It’s also ugly, atrocious and a waste.
This card has drawn the ire of collectors everywhere. Sports Card Uncensored wrote about it and the folks at Freedom Cardboard have a thread about it.
Tell me if you actually thought this was a good idea.
I know that Mantle is one of the all-time greats and has a huge base of collectors because of his broad appeal. But there has to be a better way to include Mantle into a set than cutting up 55 percent of his autograph.
Topps has found creative ways to include Mantle and other former players into its sets, including clothes from celebrity outing and "relic" cards that really have nothing to do with the player.
This just seems like another ploy to get collectors interested.
Another, shall we say, gimmick.
Perhaps Topps could focus more on current players in its sets if the end product is going to be a Frankenstein hack job.