Eli Manning & the Exploding Paint Pen

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It would appear that the New York Giants’ probability of winning the NFC East for the second straight season isn’t the only thing blowing up in Eli Manning’s hands these days. Apparently, one of the gold paint pens he used to sign some of his new 2009 UD Black cards wasn’t exactly operating at full efficiency, either.

Judging from this card, pulled during a recent taping of Box Busters, it would appear that things got a little messy in Gotham for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Giants, who’ve dropped five of their last six games. The result is an ink-blot-test-feeling conversation piece that also inadvertently covers up the card’s serial number.

We reached out to Chris Carlin at Upper Deck to see if the company is aware of similar instances with the big-ticket Black product.

“In speaking with our football team and Quality Assurance group, they believe this would have been an isolated incident,” Carlin said. “Cards are reviewed when returned back to us from the athletes, but if someone was going through these too quickly or holding them in a way that could have blocked this damage, it could have been missed.

“While these pens give a great-looking signature, the do fail sometimes. We make sure we review the cards before they go out, and we produce some overstock to use for replacements. We would be able to replace this card.”

Which begs the question, if you pulled the card, what would you do with it: Keep it as an interesting “type” card or be furious that such an expensive product revealed such a mistake?

Let us know.

— Tracy Hackler


  1. Ken R.
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I think it adds character, haha.

  2. marco
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    something like this should never get by. no excuse. us collectors pay alot of money for cards. this makes us very angry

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