Earlier this year I was on a quest to acquire a relic card of one of the hobby’s biggest names: Honus Wagner. During my search I found a relic of Wagner at a fairly decent price, but it maybe because the card was in a Beckett Grading slab, and was stuck with an 8.5 label.
I’m OK with 8.5 sometimes. It just depends.
I digress. While the grade may have turned people away in this case, I saw this as an opportunity to swoop up a card that would satisfy my particular collecting goal at the moment. So I bought it for less than the price of two retail blasters.
The card arrived and it has been sitting in a box for months as I sort out stuff in my life.
Alas here I am, card in hand thinking about the acquisition and how the card fits into my collection. But then it hit me. It doesn’t fit. I mean physically.
Relic cards do not belong in slabs. Period.
I know I am not the only collector who has received a relic card of a legend and instantly touched the piece of material, whether it be part of a jersey, pants or bat.
Honus shall be no different.