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(05-04-2013 11:52 PM)will23c1982 Wrote: In the example that you gave, I wouldn't pay $500 for the cut auto when it's possible to get the original piece of signed memorabilia for half the price.
However, I have an Andy Phillip (1940s/50s Hall of Famer) cut auto that sells for around $175 despite the fact that you can pick up his signed index cards for about 20% of that price.
People (myself included) are certainly willing to pay a premium an autograph if it is a certified cut. They are easier to store and more in-keeping with the rest of my cards, whereas it's more difficult to store and showcase other signed items.
Having said that, I appreciate it does sound a bit irrational.
And certainly, for a modern player like LeBron James, it would make no sense at all. But, for deceased Hall of Famers, there is certainly a premium to be paid for cut autographs rather than signed memorabilia.
(05-05-2013 05:13 AM)edescartes Wrote: I have not been fond of the Leaf product since its arrival. Its design is weak and the autographs are not that good. I have been waiting a long time to get a Malone auto and have seen some leaf patch autos with "sick patches" of Malone but stayed away from them because they seem sketchy. Leaf to me is a very sketchy company and I would never buy anything from them.
The thing you said about the Lebron 1/1 auto makes the even sketchier!