August 16, 2008

A Miscut Above


I've been silent lately, but I've been thinking. Is there anything more beautiful than a miscut baseball card?

As collectors, we expect certain things from card manufacturers. One is that their design and photography departments are competent enough to create cards that we will want to collect. Another expectation is that the card-cutting machinery at their printing plants work correctly. Because without proper framing, we're just collecting cardboard rectangles.

As collectors, we bring a lot to the table in our understanding of how to read a baseball card. When a card is miscut, it's no longer a card in the most traditional sense. It lacks focus, a subject, or even proper boundaries. Our approach to reading it is thrown off.

A miscut card is cast aside as a goof with no real value. And while I won't argue the monetary value aspect, I've come to appreciate miscut cards as art, and worthy additions to my collection.

So... if you have any miscut cards, any wrong backs, blank backs, or blank fronts, I'd like to trade you for them. (I'm not looking for cards that you've attacked with a pair of scissors, a box of thumbtacks, or those cards covered in tape or with writing on the front. Those will have to wait for another trade proposal.)

If you're interested in trading, you can email me here or by clicking on the image of Clem Labine's wonderfully miscut 1953 Topps card (to the right). Let me know in your email what you'd like in return. I'll post the best cards I receive.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I spent years in the printing industry, Most severe miscuts like your Labine are actually some of the first cards off the press. Probably should have been picked out and thrown away. When the cutting process begings, the Die Cutter machines are fed sheets slowly while the registration is adjusted. When the cut is precisely where it should be, they crank up the speed and the cards fly out the other end into a stacker to be sent off for packing.

That is why you can pretty much find key cards and know you have a key card coming up in X number of cards. There was one key card in the 1983 Topps vending boxes that was 23 cards before the Ryne Sandberg RC. Can't remember who it was, been so long since I opened a VB of 1983s.

When you pull a Gem Mint or Mint card from an older pack, it has truly survived a wild ride to get to the wax or box you are opening.

Let me know when you want cards that ae written on. In 1982 I was 12 and my little sister was 10, I have about 8 Ripken RCs with hearts drawn around Cal's face. Compliments of my sister and her crush on Cal.

Motherscratcher said...

While entering my cards into my database I've run across a few miscuts. When the cuts are so bad that you can't make out the number on the back I almost always have it written there.

I love the fact that as a kid I valued my miscut cards enough to go to the trouble of looking up their number so that they could be properly filed instead of just tossing them or putting them in my spokes.

Expect an email from me shortly.

Flax said...

I've actually got a miscut Steve Lake card from something like 1991 Donruss that was a truly epic miscut - it's cut on a diagonal at the top and bottom, making it look almost like a rhombus. I'd offer it to you except I'm not sure where it is right now and the corners are pretty heavily dinged owing to years of having to accommodate it in card holders that had no idea what to do with a card of that shape.

James said...

I've actually started collecting miscuts myself. I agree that they are truly works of art themselves. So watch out, you've got competition, bwahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

i have a stan musial caed that is a miss cut some won wont it for $200.oo got 30.oo thts is all some to no thack for doing this baseball blog it was all some

Damon Clouser said...

I just found a '81 donruss Darrell Jackson with half his name cut off the bottom and a Greg Minton same way

pichj said...

I have a miscut Mark McGwire 1984 Topps RC that's in great condition. I've been trying to figure out the value of it with no luck. Any help would be appreciated.

Unknown said...

I have a ton of Pete Rose miscuts. I've been trying to look at the value of them and of they are desirable. They are in awesome condition

Michelle Wood said...

I have several miscut cards from the 60's/70'/80s

Gavin Foran said...

I have a Fleer91 card that has Nolan Ryan on the front but Dan Plesac on the back.

Joseph Elsleger said...

I think I have a 1/1 miscut/error card. Its only slightly mis cut on the sides and it's an Alex Rodriguez All Naturals card from Pinnacle. Weird thing is (error) you see a ghost like figure behind him in a sox uniform and disappears from the chest up. Anyone know what this card would be worth?

Joseph Elsleger said...

I have a slight miscut error card of Alex Rodriguez. It's a pinnacle card and it's his All Naturals card..behind him a ghostly figure is seen in a white sox uniform but fades out from the chest up... Besides the sides being slightly miscut and the ghost figure the card looks fine. Anyone know what it'd be worth?

cookie said...

I have some this one is 1970 national league RBI leaders Johnny Bench,tony perex,billy Williams. Card #64