We've seen manufactured patch cards from Topps, which were mostly blaster exclusives for their baseball product. In this year's Topps flagship set, they included manufactured hat logo cards.
In 2010 Updates and Highlights, Topps has produced manufactured bat barrels cards that display the name of the play with a facsimile autograph.
We talk about gimmicks plenty around here and on other blogs.
But how do you really feel about these cards?
There are plenty collectors who don't seem to have a problem with these cards.
Take this Albert Pujols pink 1/1 bat barrel.
It sold for $326.79.
A Mikcey Mantle pink 1/1 bat barrel went for $265 and an Alex Rodriguez pink 1/1 bat barrel went for $214.
While manufactured, it's certainly something different. And Topps is not pretending for this card to be anything else. The card is clearly labeled on the front and back that it is a manufactured bat barrel.
Personally, I think the cards are sharp. I don't really have a problem with them. It's a new way to create cards where Topps doesn't have to spend a lot of money and getting autograph fees or buying jerseys and pants.
Some people on eBay would agree with me - this Derek Jeter black bat /25 sold for $89.
But what about you guys?