Your Turn: How important is a card’s photograph?
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but how important is a photo in today’s sports card landscape that’s heavily populated by autographs and game-used memorabilia swatches (and plenty more)?
The arrival of 2014 Topps Stadium Club this week makes this question even more interesting as the 200-card base set is full of non-traditional photographs — a nod to the brand’s 1991 roots that included portraits tuxedo-clad pitchers and plenty of striking images.
The David Ortiz Presidential Selfie Card along with Barack Obama is merely a standard card in the set — and there are plenty of fun ones like it. (Go look up Evan Gattis, Ted Williams, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan and Lou Gehrig cards for some striking images.)
So, all that said, we simply want to know … does the photo make the card?
Tell us in the comments below and take our poll so we know how you feel about the topic.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.