Friday, April 8, 2016

Is there such thing as an in-card auto?

When it comes to blogging, I am full of excuses. Family commitments, work commitments, the weather is too nice outside, the bad weather has knocked out my power or internet, baseball season has started...and yet, I enjoy blogging. There just aren't enough hours in the day, it seems.

There are bloggers out there, however, whose commitment to blogging (and quality blogging at that), is impressive. I'm sure they could teach me a few things about time management, but then I'd have one less excuse ;)

Matt, over at, is one of those guys. You know the guy. He balances having a family, working, being a baseball fan AND being a WVU sports fan with blogging about cards and the occasional (and welcome) post about his beer exploits. And somehow, amidst all of these commitments he has time to mail kick-ass card packages to fellow collectors.

Last week, I was on the receiving end of just such kick-ass generosity. Actually, last week was epic in terms of card-collecting. I had a bunch of Zistle trades going on, and received 5 back last week, so in 5 days,  I actually received 6 trade packages!

Today, though, let's focus on this beauty. It's from the 2003 Fleer Rookies and Greats set. That much I know. Which exact subset, to be honest, I'm not sure. And not for lack of looking. What's throwing me is that it's got the 'UNCOMMON' back but has no serial number. So that's my first question. What sub-set is this? And what is the obvious 'tell' that I'm missing?

The next part focuses on this autograph. As I've said in the past, I'm a huge fan of the relic/auto combo cards. This card is no different -- it's awesome! What I find most intriguing here, is the autograph. It's not on a sticker (I get why card companies do that, it's very practical, but it takes a bit of the fun out of the autograph if you ask me), but it's not exactly on the card either.

My scans don't capture this, but the top layer of this card is basically 'cut-out', and it appears Joe's autograph is actually on that thick white stock that sits between the front and back layers of the card.

So my next question -- is there such thing as an 'in-card' auto?

No matter the answer, I'm pumped to add this card to my Joe Carter collection.

Thanks again Matt!

And thanks for reading.