A 2012 Miguel Cabrera for 2007 David Ortiz, straight up. That was the baseball card trade decision 9-year-old Charlie Dusek was pondering a few weeks ago in the schoolyard. He loves the Red Sox and Ortiz is one of his favorite players, but doses of sabrmetrics from his old man had seeped into his Little League mind. He knew that the Cabrera card might be more valuable than his beloved Big Papi’s. What to do, what to do.
Upper Deck, the Carlsbad, Calif., collectibles and memorabilia company, has announced that Tuesday it will release the 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf card set, so guys sitting around the grill room after a round might one day ponder trades like Rory McIlroy for Graeme McDowell.
Gum doesn’t come with these cards (there’s no gum in baseball card packs anymore either) and they are significantly thick and more substantive than he trading card you might find at the drug store. They’re more like tiles than the cards you have seen before.
Here’s a video that shows Natalie Gulbis signing a special Exquisite Collection Golf card:
According to Upper Deck, the Exquisite Collection Golf includes several cards of Tiger Woods that the former World No. 1 has personally signed, along with cards autographed by Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie and others featuring a swatch of fabric from a tournament-worn top. You’ll also find other notable players such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in this collection.
According to Upper Deck, each six-card pack of Exquisite Collection Golf cards contains at least five autographed cards.
You can get the Exquisite Collection golf cards at select hobby shops and memorabilia stores in the United States and Canada, as well as authorized Internet retailers listed at Upper Deck’s website.
As with most sports collectibles, great stuff that’s real doesn’t come cheap. Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin said there is no official price on each pack because, as a collectible, memorabilia stores set their own prices. He noted that retailers preselling packs are reportedly asking $600 per pack already, and if demand increases and the supply of cards goes down, that price could rise.
“I think 100 percent of the people who collect golf memorabilia would want something like this,” Carlin said. “But only about one percent of the people out there are going to be able to afford it.”
My son hopes that’s the case with his David Ortiz card too.