Card of the Day: 1994 Ted Williams Co. O.J. Simpson autograph
Call me a sick bastard, but I’ve got an OJ Simpson autograph. Do you? I’m not much of a football collector. I ditched that collection about four years ago and went almost exclusively to baseball. But among the football items that remain is this 1994 Ted Williams Co. OJ Simpson autograph.
Simpson’s legacy on the field is all but forgotten at this point. We all know him as the man who was accused, and later acquitted, of double murder in the early 1990s in connection with the deaths of his wife and her friend. There’s plenty of room for debate as to what people think happened, but fact is he was not convicted, so to call him a murderer is wrong, and frankly illegal.
But more than a decade after being released from jail in that case, Simpson has been convicted of a slew of charges connected to a heist in which he and another man apparently conspired to steal and then tried to rob some dealers of their OJ Simpson memorabilia. Simpson was sentenced Friday to as much as 33 years in jail for his role in that crime.
I’m not going to waste too much more cyber ink on Simpson’s legal woes per se because honestly, I just don’t feel like writing it, and you probably don’t care to read it.
However, I do want to take a brief moment to discuss this card. This card was signed and distributed in 1994, after the OJ legal saga began. And if memory serves me right, these Simpson autographs were signed WHILE HE WAS IN JAIL. I believe OJ also signed cards for Signature Rookies while he was incarcerated. I find this aspect VERY interesting.
The value of these kind of cards really does lie with the person who is purchasing said item. That saying can be applied to everything, but this is even more true in the case of a man who is now a criminal.
As a collector of sports cards, would you carve out a place in your collection for an OJ autograph if the price is right?
For the record, I also have one of these. And yes, they do reside in the same dark box.
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