Maybe the answer to me blogging again was to get a nasty illness. This bronchitis is kicking my butt. My ribs are sore from all the coughing and as much as I want to sleep, well, let's just say the getting up part is unpleasant when the coughing kicks in again. I digress...
We've all pulled damaged cards from packs before. It could just be one card or every card in the pack might be damaged. I was looking through a box of cards this morning and ran across the best card I've ever pulled that was "factory" damaged. Here's a pic of the damage.
The damage is almost dead center running along the top edge for an inch or so. It doesn't look like your standard crimping that happens when the packs are sealed. It's much less uniform than that. It almost looks like it was crushed or dropped. The odd thing is the damage doesn't show from the back.
I'll admit, when I first pulled this card out of the pack and saw the damage, it didn't really bother me much because it was a prospect card and being the experienced collector that I am, I know most of those guys don't pan out. I pulled this card back in the day when I was the hit man. You know the type. I'd bust a box of cards only looking for the hits. Unlike a lot of those guys, I did NOT leave the commons or non-hits behind for the store owner. I just left the cards in the packs, the packs in the boxes, and the boxes in a big storage tub.
It was a couple of years after I pulled this card from a 2001 UD SP Game Used Edition pack that I was going through those already opened packs and I ran across this guy who was bashing the ball.
You might have heard of him. One Albert Pujols. You can clearly see the damage up there just to the right of his cap.
This Super Prospects card is #388/500. I never looked up the "value" of this card because I didn't want to be disappointed that the damage would forever ruin that. As it is, I have a fairly limited rookie card of a player from a team I don't like, but who should go in the Hall of Fame. I guess that's something.