2.05.2011

An autographed card in every single pack, please.

Old Judge T-96...apparently the theory was, any autograph is better than no autograph. Thus, you got an autographed card in every pack of these mid-1990s cards.

There are many ways these cards are pleasing...the vintage style, the size--between mini and regular, the good intentions. Sure, there are some vaguely troubling matters too, such as: no MLB license? Strange Photoshop/airbrushed hats? Mostly players you never heard of?
Based on our encounter with these cards, and the theory that something is better than nothing, we've decided Topps should put at least one signed card in every single pack of cards they sell. Without jacking up the price too much. Maybe not Opening Day, but that's the only exemption, to keep them at 99 cents per pack for the little ones.
Impossible, you say? As you know, in the United States of America, nothing is impossible. Too much signing, you say? If these Old Judge minor league guys could sign 6,000 cards, then what's the biggie? And as we've noted before, Hall-of-Famers have even  been asked to sign thousands of cards to distribute in boxes of FOOD.
Yes, uh huh, so that's what we're saying. Get a signed card in every pack. Minor leaguers are acceptable in a pinch. All in favor say 'aye.'

BA Benny's blog has a nice post on opening a pack of Old Judge.

8 comments:

Carl Crawford Cards said...

I've seen these around and think they're great! I like an auto in every pack---that is the dream.

BA Benny said...

It's really a shame that the checklist was so weak for this set. With just a few more good players and with so many autos, this could have been a kick ass set. Thanks for the plug link to my blog too.

randombaseballstuff.com said...

I'm a sucker for autographs, so sets like Old Judge, Signature Rookies and other mid-90s products amuse me.

It doesn't matter to me if the player ever became a star, but I do like it better when I've actually heard of them.

Two Packs A Day said...

Topps with an auto a pack and no price increase? Not going to happen - the cost of autos exceeds the price per pack for some of their products, especially base topps.

If you want a fun rip with an auto a pack, 2008 Razor Signature is a good product and its price is around $40, IIRC.

The best "auto a pack" I like is 2009 UD Series 2. There are hot boxes and I've already hit one and I may be working on another one as we speak. It's fun to open the first 3 packs and get relics and think that maybe you were lucky to have hit all the box hits in the first 3 packs. You then open pack 4 and get a relic or auto and think you've beaten the odds. You open pack 5 and see another auto or relic and get excited that you may have hit a hot box. You open pack 6 and it's obvious it's a hot box because you think UD woudn't mess up by giving you 3 more hits per box than the typical box delivers. It's then quite a bit of fun to open up the other packs and see what kind of relic or auto you get.

Clay said...

Great article as a number of us felt the same when this OLD JUDGE group came out and we only recognized those names of prospects for the teams we followed ...

We ended up with 6 BEN VAN RYN signed cards three of which were sequentially numbered from the same case !!!

One really wonders which scouting reports they took these names from but it may have only come down to which players they could sign a contract with for about $ 6,000 to sign these 6,000 cards apiece ...

Finally, just think of the poor people who then had to sequentially number all of these now basically ridiculed and forgotten cards.

Community Gum said...

My only problem with this set is that the hand-numbering is all willy nilly. The auto placement as well. It kind o tweaks the OCD part of my brain... -Andy

capewood said...

I bought a Phillie from this set, a guy named Ryan Karp(at least I heard of him). He has an R on his cap. I thought it was because he played for the Reading Phillies even though the R is not the Reading Phillies R.

--David said...

I've had that Brian Giles card in my collection for quite a number of years now (not THAT one, of course). It has always been one of my favorites. I love the Old Judge set! Nice write-up! WF: tonized (as in the backgrounds!!)