The other night I was looking for Robin Yount stuff on eBay, and I came across these two items being offered for sale by the same seller. The first is a 2002 Fleer Fall Classic Rival Factions dual patch of Yount and Cal Ripken.
Very cool stuff. I haven't even acquired the non-jersey variation of this card, and I'm not really in the market to pick this one up either. As you can see from the listing, this beauty went for $77.00.
Looking at items up for bid from the same seller, I noticed another Yount patch card, this time with Ozzie Smith.
Like the Ripken/Yount, which ended one minute earlier, this card is numbered to 50. But check out the numbering.
What the heck is up with that broke-ass serial numbering? Why is one card neatly and legibly stamped, while the other looks like a Husky pencil was used to do the job? You know what I'm talking about. Every class had that one kid who was too old to be using a pencil that had roughly the same diameter as a stick of butter, but the teacher let him because it was thankfully too large to go up his nose, which was where most of his regular-size pencils ended up.
But I digress. I'm pointing this out because this weird stamping/writing kept me from putting any bids on either of these cards. My collection still lacks any sort of true Yount patch card, and the Yount/Smith fit in better with my budget, but that ass-ugly 49 prevented me from pulling the trigger. With the amount of fakes I've seen out there, this irregularity caused a huge red flag to go up. I am curious as to whether or not this was common for this particular subset of cards. I have no basis of comparison, however, as the Yount/Smith jersey card I do have (which includes standard jersey fabric, no patches) lacks serial numeration. Any thoughts on this? I'm confused further by the seller's 5,000+, 100% positive feedback rating. What's going on here?