I've been hearing a common refrain through parts of the blogosphere lately.
Relic cards have had their run! It's over! Relics are the new base cards! They're worthless!
For the collector who has bucks to blow, I see the point. They used to be rare, chase-able, awesome. Now they are in every product, thousands of them, most of 'junk' players. The special factor has definitely worn off.
For collectors like me, who don't really buy packs or boxes and don't have the money to if we wanted to, the story is a bit different. Sure, I still don't have any need for 10 different, poorly designed, plain white jersey cards of Stephen Drew. But I would have a place in the collection for one nicely designed and colorful relic card of him!
And to get relic cards of older, all-time greats holds my imagination quite well, thank you!
Wow, I got off my planned topic quite quickly! Here's what I really want to talk about. There are a ton of different types of relic cards out there, especially if you consider all the sports. Patch cards, jersey, bat, pants, warm-up jackets, ball, base, helmet, manupatch, shoe, ticket, floor, stadium wall, seat, jockstrap etc...
What is the order you like your relic cards in? My list goes kind of like this (excluding auto's):
3. Multi-colored jersey
4. Unusual miscellaneous - shoe with stitching, ball with stitching etc.
5. Plain jersey
6. Non-playing piece - wall, floor, base, ticket
For me, the way the card is designed and its look and feel are more important than the list above. For example, if I like the way a plain jersey card looks better than a bat card of the same guy, I'll gladly go for the jersey card. I just tend to like bat cards better in general.
This is one reason that I don't think the relic card is dead. There are enough different kinds and variety in design that I think they can still make collectors happy for now.
How does everyone else feel? All opinions welcome, I know how diverse we can all be!