Here it is. This is what I referred to yesterday as “quite possibly the most awesome product that I’ve ever opened”. I was intrigued after reading a couple of posts on Wax Heaven (here and here) about the Joe DiMaggio “cut signature” card from 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts, where Donruss-Playoff cut up certified autograph cards of DiMaggio that were produced by Pinnacle in 1993. I’ve always thought that it would be awesome to own a Joe DiMaggio autograph. After all, he is one of the greatest players of all-time, and his 56-game hitting streak is one of baseball’s most unbreakable records. For many decades he held the title of the “greatest living Yankee” until his death in 1999.
Then, last week, I was checking out Dave & Adam’s Card World when I came across one of their weekly specials – an unopened box of 1993 Pinnacle Joe DiMaggio cards including one certified autograph for only $150 (and free shipping). I was amazed by the price, considering that cut signature cards of DiMaggio from recent products sell for much more than that. In fact, the Prime Cuts card that features the cut up card from this very set, is selling on eBay for $200 and more. Isn’t it better to own an original on-card autograph, a card that DiMaggio personally touched and signed in 1993? This was an easy question for me to answer, and I jumped at the chance to buy a box.
Even though I knew exactly what I would pull from my box, it was still a lot of fun to open. It’s a very good feeling to know that you’re definitely going to pull an amazing card. I captured the box break on video, complete with the song “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” playing in the background. Here it is:
Here is my new prized possession:
And here’s the back of the card:
Here’s my certificate of authenticity from Pinnacle:
There are five different autographed cards that were produced, and there are 1800 copies of each one, for a total of 9000 autographed cards. The number on the back shows that I have #0376 of the first card (number 1 of 5). I chose this card because it’s my favorite of the five photos. You can see what the others look like here. I absolutely love the design of the card and the clear, crisp autograph. The only bad thing is that the card is oversized (4 1/8 inches tall) so it won’t fit in a standard top loader or magnetic case. I’m still trying to figure out how to store it, but for now I have it in the original holder that you can see in the video.
I know that the economy is in horrible shape and that not everyone can afford to add a card like this to their collection. However, I still believe that this was an incredible value. For $150, I obtained a certified on-card autograph from one of the very best players of all time, who passed away almost 10 years ago. There are only 9000 of these, and with Donruss and possibly other card companies buying them, cutting them up, and inserting them into new cards, the supply is going to dry up. When you consider that some collectors are spending $100 on jumbo boxes of 2009 Topps, I think that buying something like this is a much better way to spend money. Also, I’d much rather buy something where I’m guaranteed to pull something great than to take my chances by opening a regular hobby box. I’m planning to keep this card in my collection, probably forever, and pass it down to my children some day. As the years continue to go by, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the value of this card will be climbing.
Here’s an image from eBay of one of the Prime Cuts cards:
Can anyone explain to me why someone would want this “card” when they could buy the actual Pinnacle card for less money?
If you’re interested, the weekly special from Dave & Adam’s is over with, but you can still pick up a box from them for $164.95 or the single autograph card for $159.95. There are also some sellers on eBay that are offering it for a little more.
Finally, here are some of my favorite cards from the 30-card base set:
This is card #9 and features a great photo of DiMaggio’s iconic swing.
This is card #11 – DiMaggio in his rookie season of 1936 with a 17-year old Bob Feller.
And this is card #17 – the Iron Horse and the Yankee Clipper together. It must have been great for fans to watch them play on the same team between 1936 – 1939. I learned something that I didn’t know on the back of the card. Gehrig passed away during the middle of DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
You can see what all of the base cards look like in the video.
So like I said, this was quite possibly the most awesome product that I’ve ever opened, and my best “pull” of all time, even though I knew what was in the box. In my opinion, it just doesn’t get any better than this…