I just posted on the horrible things done to jumbo patch cards, and this one is no exception. I was searching through some of the cool Prime Cuts cards that were released last year, trying to find something to buy, when I found this card. Wow.
The first thing that caught my eye was the World Series patch, because there have been so many fails in the past where the player didnt play in the game or games. This one checks out, but obviously, World Series jerseys are such coveted items that I doubt one made it into this set.
Then I wondered why this particular card was not encapsulated like all the other Prime Cuts cards of this nature. Although some of the Gwynn cards were outside of the main hit in the box, all of the colossal autos were encapsulated like this one. Obviously this particular card is a fake patch, and a bad one at that, but that is not the point of this post.
What I am trying to convey is that encapsulation may be one of the only ways to protect jumbo swatch cards from situations like this one. In this instance, a lack of encapsulation proves to be a tell tale sign of what is going on. Prime cuts, although the green sticker was a little big, did a great job of showing collectors what the point was for doing what they did.
Then again, you have cards like this which confuse me, but at least I would feel better buying it than I did with the world series one.
Lesson: there is no need for a national database when you have obvious counter-measures.