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- Kershaw can extend amazing run on MLB.TV 23Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound today as he puts his winning streak on the line versus the Braves as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV. […]Oliver Macklin
- Simmons, Pujols power Halos past Price, Sox 23Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Albert Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium. […]Ian Browne and Maria Guardado
- Bryce tags D-backs prospect; Nats hold on 23Bryce Harper hammered his 25th home run and added the go-ahead RBI double off D-backs prospect Anthony Banda in his MLB debut, and Sean Doolittle held off a ninth-inning rally for his second save with the Nationals. […]Jarrid Denney and Jamal Collier
- Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact 23Though David Price's streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts came to an end in Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Angels, the left-hander continues to be an encouraging storyline for the Red Sox coming down the stretch. […]Ian Browne
- See them now: MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects 23Check out MLB Pipeline's newly updated list of the Top 100 Prospects in the game. […]
- Rox ride Marquez's gem, snap Bucs' win streak 23Rookie right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts -- and was hot under the collar, when necessary -- as the Rockies ended the Pirates' win streak at six games, 7-3, on Saturday night at Coors Field. […]Thomas Harding and Max Gelman
- Cruz helps Mariners shrug off Yanks' late rally 23Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win over the Yankees in a back-and-forth affair Saturday night at Safeco Field. […]Greg Johns and Josh Horton
- Healthy Braun makes impact on Crew's lineup 23In his return to the Brewers lineup after a three-game absence, Ryan Braun showed the type of impact he can have when healthy. […]Adam McCalvy
- Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's speed, range 23While not considered to be among the fastest players in the Majors, during three plays in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Pirates on Saturday, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon proved what's important: He's as fast as he needs to be. […]Thomas Harding
- Judge, Harper and history's most majestic HRs 23Aaron Judge almost hit a ball out of Safeco Field on Friday. A night later, Bryce Harper launched a moonshot vs. the D-backs. Like many of the most jaw-dropping homers we can remember, both must be seen to be believed. […]
- Just days after return, Marte in midseason form 23Starling Marte dribbled a ninth-inning fastball from Greg Holland just past the pitcher's mound. Using his signature speed, he sprinted down the line, earning the infield hit without a throw. With the bases loaded, Marte had himself his third hit of the night, driving in the Pirates' final run in a 7-3 loss. […]Max Gelman
- Pipeline Preview: Alvarez making Double-A debut 23Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action. […]William Boor
- Flores' walk-off HR caps Mets' 6-run comeback 23Wilmer Flores' line drive home run into the left-field stands with two outs in the ninth inning capped off a six-run comeback for the Mets, as they beat the A's 6-5 at Citi Field on Saturday. […]Chris Bumbaca and Jane Lee
- Gibson helps Twins keep pace in Central race 23Early run support by the offense backed a solid showing from right-hander Kyle Gibson to ultimately help the Twins edge the Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday at Target Field. Minnesota staved off a late push by Detroit to snap its three-game losing streak to the American League Central rival. […]Shane Jackson and Rhett Bollinger
- Scrappy Crew ends skid with roller-coaster W 23It didn't fall easily, but the Brewers' longest losing streak of the season did finally fall. […]Adam McCalvy and Ben Harris
- With Deadline looming, Hellickson struggles 23The clock is ticking for Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies. […]Ben Harris
- Melky's 4-for-4 tops trade target performances 23With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, Major League clubs looking to bolster their rosters for the season's stretch run have their attentions focused on a select group of players who could provide the boost contenders need for a postseason push. […]Austin Laymance
- Braves' Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors 23The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound. […]William Boor
- Bucs, Rox benches clear after pitch to CarGo 23Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl apparently made his point. So did Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. And evidently, there are some issue between the teams. […]Thomas Harding
- Managers Postgame: Black on win over Bucs 23Rockies manager Bud Black shares his thoughts on German Marquez's impressive outing and Colorado's offensive production in Saturday's 7-3 win. […]
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Category Archives: Bob Lemke cards
Collector score: *** (3 Stars)
Of all of the various home-made cards, the ones made by Lemke are by far the most interesting and attractive. Lemke is unquestionably the laureate of the homemade card craft. But, sadly, his cards are still worthless, because they are made on an inkjet printer.
Book value for cards produced on an inkjet printer is zero, because:
1. The print run never ends. They may be reproduced forever, by anyone with an ink jet printer.
2. The ink used in inkjet printers degrades quickly, and these cards will not last long enough to acquire any age-related value.
However, where else are you going to get a football card of Bill Cosby?
Bob sells his cards (reluctantly, it seems) for $12 each. He’s a professional card historian, formerly the editor of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, and a publisher in his own right. Semi-retired, he now writes a blog about his favorite thing in the world: Baseball cards (along with a little bit of football).
His cards are true “Cards that never were” as they are all in the format of existing card sets, mostly vintage Topps and Bowman designs. It’s not easy making an authentic-looking 1954 Topps for a player (Bobby Thomson) who didn’t appear in the set that year. Two photos and a logo on front, 3 cartoons on back, plus a signature. This is challenging work, and no one is better at it than Lemke is.
Also, there is no effort by Lemke to conceal the fact that these are new creations, home-made using an inkjet printer. He does not do any significant “marketing” of his work, and does not operate an eBay store. His work is a hobby, done purely for his own satisfaction.
It is difficult to assign a collector score of 3 stars to cards which are technically worthless. I do so only because Lemke issues cards that you cannot get any other way. They are perhaps worth something as a type of folk art.
However, there is no sound basis for assigning any collectible value to these type of cards. Anyone who has one can simply scan it and reproduce an unlimited number of them. Also, as the ink begins to deteriorate, the cards will eventually go away. They should last perhaps 6-10 years in an album before the fading becomes noticeable.
As nice as they are, they are worth nothing as a collectible sports card due to that fatal flaw. However, they are interesting and very nicely done.
PRICING: If you own one or more of these cards, and wish to sell it, how much should it go for? Assuming you’re going to be honest about it, you can’t really sell it as a collectible, because it is new, and because it is only temporary. So it becomes a modern reproduction, an “objet d’art” if you will. As with all art, it should be priced based on aesthetics and whatever similar items are selling for. There are people who buy these cards all the time, apparently knowing exactly what they are getting. In describing the item, I would advise that you avoid two terms: “rare” and “collectible” because inkjet-created cards are not rare, since they have a print run which is open-ended and can be easily reproduced by anyone. And, as mentioned above, they will not last long enough to be collectible.