There is a saying that goes: “Everyone needs a hobby.” As someone who collects some baseball cards and watches the trading card market in general I’d say the best hobby to have is just collecting money and people who love you. This does not stop me from wasting money on my trading card hobby, however, and most recently I left my preferred realm of baseball cards and splurged on a box of celebrity autographs trading cards. The product was 2012 Leaf Pop Century and the dream was to pull some high-end card featuring an inked auto from the likes of Britney Spears, Kate Beckinsale, or Jennifer Lopez. The following is what I got and the previous names I just mentioned are what I did not get. Ha!
I bought a single box of 2012 Leaf Pop Century trading cards and the price tag was a hefty $138.99. The magic power that is Google searching led me to a coupon code someone had shared on a chat forum and I was able to get $5 off of my purchase. So, the total damage to my wallet out of the gate was $133.99. I felt like a winner! Heck, my box of cards arrived the day before they were due to be delivered! It had to be a lucky box.
I opened my box of cards, making sure I had a video camera running to capture the moment. It is kind of difficult to cut open a box of cards with one hand holding a camera, but I managed. However, my first sight of the cards was through the lens of the camera and it kind of gave me that whole drunk-eye view, like when you go home with a hot person from the bar only to sober up the next day and realize you took an old wooden handled mop home with you and got a new STD called “splinter crotch.” I saw the first card and my mind thought: “Kate Beckinsale! Oh, I love you, Kate Beckinsale!” It sobered me up very quickly to bring the card closer to my actual eyes and read that it was an autographed card of Kelly Bensimon. Who?
A box of 2012 Leaf Pop Century trading cards comes with five autographed cards within the box. My first card was of the aforementioned Kelly Bensimon, who Wikipedia tells me has been featured on one of those Real Housewives television shows. Basically, I guess the box started with the worst so that the rest of the autographs would seem magnificent compared to that one. My remaining four autographs were as follows:
4. Emily Procter: an actress from the television show CSI.
3. Aileen Quinn: the actress who played Little Orphan Annie. This card was an “Award Winners” insert card.
2. P.J. Soles: an actress best know for her work in horror movies such as Halloween and Carrie. This card was a serial numbered out of 25 silver version. A horror actress auto card serial numbered 13/25, surely lucky right? The last card would be a great one I thought and then –
1. Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s autograph sells for about thirty bucks on Ebay and that’s cool. He signed the card with a long zig-zag line that looks nothing like a name and more like the pulse on a heart monitor. The dark lining on this Donald Trump ending cloud of a box of trading cards was, however, the rest of those autographs: not worth much at all. Granted, a collector should not get hung up on the dollar value of the products they buy, but: at the price of $133.99 one cannot help but feel like they just bought a losing lottery ticket. In total, the resale value of the cards on Ebay would probably get me $66 minus the selling fees. Jeepers! I best hope readers share this article with their friends and earn me parts of my pennies back through advertising bucks and page views!
So, in conclusion, 2012 Leaf Pop Century autographed trading cards are cool in theory, but spending that money on food for my cats and actually paying my credit card bill would have been the route to take instead of purchasing such a box. I’m not liking the odds on these boxes and don’t think they’re worth the gamble. One can go online and just find singles of the celebrities that they want to buy from the set and possibly keep more money in their wallet; unless it’s Kate Beckinsale you have on your mind. The autographs are not all that grand on the product either. The celebrities did not sign the actual cards, they signed stickers which Leaf then put on the card. I wonder if Donald Trump really scribbled on his card or if some intern did it for him? Can you imagine him really sitting around, his glorious hair blowing in the breeze, madly signing lots of cards for Leaf? Me neither, so mine is going on Ebay. Ha.