By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Most card companies know that sticker autographs aren’t a preference for many collectors but the deadlines of card production and busy millionaires’ lives don’t often mesh.
But In The Game may have an alternative to stickers coming in its next baseball product, which owner Brian Price teased on Monday.
ITG called it a ” three-piece autograph card that almost seamlessly integrates the autograph into the card itself.”
The product will be 2013 ITG Past, Present and Future and it’s slated to arrive sometime in March with the new type of autographs — and no redemptions — in tow.
“Once collectors are able to see and touch these cards for themselves, they can ultimately decide whether or not they can be considered as hard-signed or not. We are not going to make that designation for them,” Price wrote on his blog. “The reality is that the athlete will be signing a portion of the card directly and it will feel like any other hard-signed trading card. It will be interesting to hear what collectors will be saying and how the market will react.”
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