With the proliferation of low numbered or even unique cards in the hobby a new, well not so new anymore, category of inquiry has entered the hobby. That being, of course, mystery cards. Mystery cards are those pieces of cardboard that people come across that they have no idea what the origin of the card is.
Back when there was few publications about the hobby Mystery cards sometimes included the more mainstream cards at the time, usually for novice collectors, but mostly they were regional, or oddball issues.
With Beckett and other publications entering the hobby in the mid-eighties, Mystery cards became few and fewer. People recognized much of what was out there just from reading these publications and looking at the provided images.
Then the mid-nineties introduced the serial-numbered low print run cards. This progressed to a point where every manufacturer was producing low numbered and unique cards that became quite difficult to identify for those that didn’t originally pull the card from a pack, or redeemed it from the manufacturer.
Presently, it has become so ridiculous that counterfeiters are selling cards quite easily because of the difficulty in identifying fraudulent cards. How do you know its a fake when you have never even seen the original. Or, how do you know its a home-created card that actually was never produced by a major manufacturer when those manufacturers put out 1000s of low-numbered or unique cards each year?
People now falsely accuse sellers of selling counterfeit cards when actually the cards are later verified as original. It makes the hobby to be quite a minefield for those who are new.
Myself, I don’t bother much with low-numbered or unique cards, those are attractive to the younger generation. Because of this I rarely come across a card that I don’t recognize. But it does occasionally happen. In fact it happened to me quite recently and spurred on the writing of this post.
Here is the Mystery card I came across after purchasing a collection of late 70s early 80s O-Pee Chee baseball cards from a gentleman I met through Kijiji:
If anyone recognizes this card just send me a message below. I would highly appreciate it.