Naturally, I am talking about the jumbo patches found in the new “2009” Upper Deck Ultimate. No one can deny that these things are amazing looking, and the majority of the patches are 3-4 color. A lot of them I’ve seen also include a bit of the logo, or sleeve patch. My question is, are these things legit?
I won’t come out and say that they are fake patches, because they certainly look real to me. What I will however question is whether or not these patches come from jerseys that are actually “game-used”. Has anyone out there seen a patch posted on eBay or one of the forums that actually has a stain or imperfection on it? I haven’t. They all look as fresh as the day they were stitched.
Most of you I’m sure are already familiar with the Ted Williams and Tom Seaver patches that don’t even match the era in which both guys were playing, if not, then click HERE for some background info.
In my opinion, these are either manufactured, or from “event-worn” jerseys, and not an actual game. Based on the language used on the back of the cards, that would make Upper Deck a big fat liar. Wouldn’t be the first time….
Let’s examine this language for a second, shall we? I would assume that it says this memorabilia was used in an “official BASEBALL game” simply because Upper Deck is not allowed to mention whether or not it was an MLB game, based on their lack of a license. Does this give them free reign to do whatever they want? What makes a baseball game “official”? Is a company softball game considered an “official” softball game? What about a backyard pickup game? If you’re following the rules as set by Major League Baseball, is that game considered “official” even if it’s just you and your friends playing in the yard?
The main reason why I pose this question is that Ultimate has taken the baseball card world by storm over the past couple of weeks, and perhaps the biggest reason for the product’s success, to use the parlance of our times, are the “sick” jumbo patches that are popping up on about every board and blog.
Despite all the controversy, I can tell you that beyond a shadow of a doubt, I’d still LOVE to own either of the cards pictured below.
Does that make me part of the problem? Definitely. Does that also touch on another issue? Absolutely. Are we, as collectors, willing to suspend our disbelief about the authenticity of these patches simply because they are so beautiful? It sure seems that way, based on the current eBay sales. Take a gander at the “Buy It Now” prices for some of these cards. $150 for Roy Oswalt? Seriously? If the news breaks that these patches aren’t what they claim to be, will it change the way the collective community views manufactured and event worn memorabilia, simply because these cards look so damned good?
Discuss amongst yourselves.