In the ever-advancing world of sportscards there have been concepts that have flourished and those that have failed. There are also others that have yet to be placed in either pile.
Sticker autographs, video cards and even 'The World's Longest Card' have been developed in hopes of creating not just the initial "wow factor", but to create longevity and a unique niche in the market that will catapult a company to new heights.
I came across this concept tonight included in the upcoming Upper Deck Exquisite Football product and am still on the fence about it. Take a boo and then we'll talk.
My first reaction was "This is pretty cool". Different and unlike anything I've ever seen before. But then I thought more about it.
What if my guy was a part of one of these cards? How would it work for my Trevor Linden collection? I realized at that moment that as a player collector, I enjoy having the decision of what cards are created made by someone other than me (especially when there are dozens and dozens of potential options available).
If Trev was ever included in one of these products, I think I would just go for 2 or 4 of his autographs and fill the card that way. I would cringe at thinking "Do I include him with Lemieux or Gretzky?"
I don't want that choice.
So what are your thoughts on this "Create your own card" concept?