Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is There Any Way These Are Legitimate?

(Before you read this, I would like to admit that I began writing this post before doing the proper research. I have determined that these cards are indeed for real. Still, I wanted to share.)

You know the drill: I was cruising on eBay tonight for something else and I came across an card (or in this case, a group of cards) that seemed too good to be true. I present exhibits A through D to you, the readers. All of these cards were being sold by the same party.

Exhibit A: 2010 Allen & Ginter Easter Bunny Creatures of Legend, Myth, and Joy Relic

Exhibit B: Jack and the Beanstalk

Exhibit C: Goldilocks

Exhibit D: Three Little Pigs

My Take:
First of all, let me state that I am not an obsessive 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter collector. Yes, I split a case with another blogger last summer, and I am still on the hunt for a few of the mini insert sets, but I have not really delved into the set as fully as some others. That being said, I am shocked that this is the first I've heard of these Creatures of Legend, Myth, and Joy relics. Let's break down the pros and cons of these cards being real.

Observations Leading Me to Believe They are Fake:
*Allen and Ginter framed relics are susceptible to fakery. A good Xacto knife and adequate skill can turn a Tom Gorzelanny in to a Regan McNeil.
*Four of these belong to the same seller. I doubt even multiple cases would net you this haul.
*Crappy photos on the listings. Seriously, if you had something this unusual, wouldn't you try to portray it in the best light possible?

Observations Leading Me to Believe They are Real:
*Okay, I know they are real. This Blowout post confirms it. I was too busy ripping boxes last summer to catch this.
*The design is different from the standard CLMJ minis. The presence of, for lack of a better term, the "fishbowl" shape containing the relic is a design element missing from the regular ones. This would be too difficult to fake.

Post-Analysis Observations:
*The "magic beans" on the Jack and the Beanstalk card look like Tic-Tacs. That cracks me up.
*How thick is the Jack card?
*I hope the Easter Bunny shell is not really a shell. That would be hard to keep from breaking.
*Human hair? I hope not.
*The seller states that these cards comprise the entire set except for the Tooth Fairy. Which also begs the question, "Whose tooth?" (If the relic turns out to be a tooth. If you find this, let me know.)

So, which one do you want the most?


FanOfReds said...

Me thinks I might be one of the crazy ginter collectors you speak of... I've heard of the relics, but I don't plan on acquiring them mostly due to their cost. If I did though, I think either the Three Pigs or the Jack/Beanstalk relics are the best.

Cardsplitter said...

I love them all, although I would really like the invisible man auto. That cracked me up when I first saw it.

darkship said...

I like the Easter Bunny and the Jack ones. The invisible Man auto is actually in invisible ink. I think you have to use a black light to see it. If they weren't so pricy I might think about trying to get one or two of them

Justin Drummond said...

I have seen the Tooth Fairy relic on eBay before and I believe the relic was a coin.