Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'll give you a penny, not $25.00

This is currently up on ebay.  $25.00 for a rare 1989 Upper Deck "error" of Wallach.  I'm going to go ahead and call out this seller by name below.  He's either an idiot, or this is a pathetic attempt to rip someone off.  This is not an "error."  This is the work of a someone with a pencil and eraser.  You see, you can erase 1989 Upper Deck cards.  As kids, my friends and I used to do it all the time.  My brother and I still have Dennis Eckersley cards we erased and filled in my father's name (he looked a lot like Eck and played on a Men's League Team that wore A's uniforms).  You can also take the eraser to the photo and leave white streaks.  It wasn't a secret.  Beckett Monthly used to have a feature called "Fun Cards" that featured a lot of Upper Deck's doctored in similar ways.

Here's an example I just did today to make sure it still works: 

 The top card is a regular Ivan DeJesus.  The middle is the DeJesus after some light scrubbing with the eraser on that green pencil.  You can clearly see the black lettering beginning to fade.

The bottom card is the finished product.  I assure you, there is no photoshopping here.  Try it yourself.  You do have to put a little bit of elbow grease into the erasing, but it's nothing you won't be able to handle.

I wonder how much this rare "Jesus" error can fetch on ebay?  Perhaps if I erase an image of the virgin mary into the background I'll be able to get even more for it.

I'm not sure that the seller "rookieredsoxcards" was specifically targeting me, but he doesn't have any other of these "errors" listed.  If it was just an all-out scam I would think he would have more than one up with some story about a screwed up print run.  But the Wallach is all he has up.   And I can make my own at home.

1 comment:

  1. Hee hee. Jesus.

    I must admit I had no idea about that Upper Deck thing. I'm gonna have some fun with this....