Twice in the last week, I have come across online auctions selling custom made cards. I must say, it bothered me quite a bit.
I have been dabbling in custom cards for a few years now, designing card styles from scratch, mocking up some retro looking cards and even (on occasion) tending to a request or two.
Never once has the thought of selling my custom cards on ebay even crossed my mind.
I have seen cards trimmed with an edger, I've seen full out customs with clearly unauthorized photos, I've seen blatant rip-offs of current card designs and I've seen jersey and patch insertion and/or replacement.
Most times, the sellers "cover their butts" by indicating that the card is a custom and for entertainment purposes only.
I call bullcrap on that one. Clearly if sellers are putting comments like this in their auction, they know full well the copyright issues they are ignoring.
I bet that if the big boys caught wind of these guys' tactics, they'd have a harsh word or two for them. But I guess as the old saying goes - It's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
I'm all for showing off you design, heck - I'm even for making a buck or two on them, but do it legally. To put your work out there for millions to see - and blatantly rub the consumer's nose in it, makes me shake my head.
It's no different than if they were to put together a mix cd of their favorite songs, slap a label on it and try and advertise it as a unique "one of a kind" item.
Give me a break. Stop peddling your "goods" and stop giving custom card makers a bad name.
Just my opinion.
Career In Cards: Al Arbour
8 hours ago