As I work my way back into baseball card collecting, I have been picking up some jersey and autograph cards. These were not around when I left the hobby years ago and I think they are interesting pieces to add to my collection.
I recently purchased this Alfonso Soriano 2009 Upper Deck dual jersey card off ebay. It looked like a nice Cubs card to add to my 2009 Upper Deck team set. But then the card came and I got a good look at it, and it has left me scratching my head? Is this what I should expect with these types of cards?
Here is the problem:
You look at the card and say, great, a nice card of a Cubs star. Its got the Cubs logo and Soriano is in a Cubs batting helmet.
But look closer at the helmet. That's not a red C on the front. It is a white T. He is wearing a Rangers helmet.
Now look at the back. There is the full picture, Soriano in a Texas Ranger uniform. A picture from at least 2005, his last year in Texas, or even earlier. Why would Upper Deck use a picture from 2005 when he has been with the Cubs the past two seasons (plus a stop in Washington in 2006) .
Then it hits me...the jersey swatch must be from a Rangers uniform. Would that be a correct assumption? If so, why would they use a jersey from four seasons ago, and then make the front of the card look like it is a Cubs card.
Then I went back and looked at another card got off ebay, this time a Rich Harden jersey card. Crap, he's wearing an A's uniform. The card hasn't come yet, but its looking like I can add an A's jersey to my collection, too
I feel duped. As a Cubs collector, a Soriano Rangers jersey and a Harden A's jersey don't mean a whole lot to me. Is this what I can expect from more of these cards? It never occured to me that the players's jersey would be from a different team than logo shown on the front of the card? If it has a Cubs logo, shouldn't it be from a Cubs jersey?
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.