- Jan 19, 2010
I agree and have shared this thought many times when people were discussing signed cards and what to and not to have signed. It seems the market is more even these days, but there was a time you'd be shunned for even thinking a nice vintage or RC card was a good choice for an IP auto over a beater or a modern collector issue. I'd take those options as a back-up, but I always prefer the best/nicest card I can to be signed.Very nice! Love me some autographed HOF'ers on their vintage cards! That's one regret I have when I saw a few HOFers over the years....getting them on a modern card instead of their vintage stuff.
All I really can say to that now is when these players die off, and they all will eventually no matter how much stuff they sign (think of Feller, Kell, Doerr), the supply stops and the good cards that were signed just become that much more desirable. Add to the fact that so many more (multiple many times more) unsigned copies of any card exist, how could a much rarer signed copy ever be worse? It is not like there is no market for them. A 52T Mantle, for example, that is signed has a huge market and would probably sell for as much as an unsigned copy in the same condition AND be much rarer!
I will always regret not having the stones to send my Snider RC for signature before he died, but because it was less risky, I was able to get some great vintage cards signed by guys like Branca and Doerr before they died. I rarely ever sent cards, so my examples are pretty sparse, but if I was more like @dano7, then it would have been 1000s of great vintage cards arriving in the mail for me over the years!