MegaAwesome Displays of Ottawa, Canada has recently purchased fifty 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball cards they intend to cut up into small pieces and put in their new wall displays.
“We’re a new company just entering the memorabilia market and we thought this would be a good way to get our name known around the industry.” says company spokesman Johnathan White. “We went out into the baseball card market and spent a significant sum to acquire the Mantles in varying grades, a few as low as PSA 2s but many in the 7 to 8 range. It took us a couple years to build up our inventory but we think it was well worth it once people see the gorgeous displays we have created.” continues White.
The cards were slowly purchased through auctions and private sales over the last two years. The cards are to be cut up into 1/4 inch pieces and put into 16″ by 24″ wall-mounted framed displays. A nice picture of Mantle circa 1952 will be used as the main image and the card-piece will be put into a window on the bottom right.
Mr. White stated that the company did its research and felt the market was ready for memorabilia of this type. “With the card companies acquiring so many pieces from the memorabilia market, bats, jerseys, gloves, and other pieces of baseball history in order to put them in cards, we at MegaAwesome Displays thought that picking up classic sports cards to put into memorabilia displays would fill a void in the market. We intend to move on to other classic cards, like the T206 Wagner and ’39 Play Ball Williams in the future. We believe it will become a very lucrative market.”
Mr. White stated that he and his business partners did not invent the idea. They borrowed it from the card companies. Collectors love having pieces of memorabilia in their cards. The major reason for the attraction of these memorabilia cards was that collectors could never afford the whole jersey or bat, so it was nice to be able to afford at least a part of something historically significant. “We just borrowed the same idea and applied it to sports cards.” said White. “Very few people can afford a 1952 Topps Mantle card, this way they can share the experience of owning at least a piece of the historic card along with their more financially able peers,” concluded White.
Be on the look out for these displays at the next National coming in July of 2017, they should sell like hotcakes.
Now you know how I and many others feel about destroying the limited supply of classic memorabilia in order to sell sports cards. It’s a shameful practice and should be stopped. The above article is a hoax, it was written to make a point. Do you think differently about memorabilia cards now? Just something to think about.
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