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- Managers Postgame: Counsell on pitchers 20Brewers manager Craig Counsell discusses the team's quality pitching following the 1-0 win over the Pirates. […]
- Texas strikes late to sink Seattle, rise in WC 20The Rangers struck for two runs in the top of the eighth inning to continue their Wild Card postseason push with a 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night. […]T.R. Sullivan and Josh Horton
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- Blackmon first to reach 200 hits this season 20Charlie Blackmon's terrific season reached another milestone Tuesday. Blackmon roped a two-out, two-RBI double in the second inning for hit No. 200 of the season, becoming the first Rockies player to reach that plateau since Matt Holliday had 216 hits during the 2007 campaign. […]Jonathan Hawthorne
- Wild pitch has Red Sox on cusp of postseason 20The Red Sox have won every which way in extra innings this season. And on Tuesday, they didn't even need a ball to leave the infield in the rally that propelled them to a 1-0, 11-inning victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. […]Ian Browne and Brittany Ghiroli
- Lowrie's slam caps A's comeback vs. Tigers 20Jed Lowrie's eighth-inning grand slam led the A's back from a four-run deficit and decided a back-and-forth affair as Oakland outslugged the Tigers for a 9-8 win Tuesday at Comerica Park. […]Jason Beck and Kyle Beery
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- Milwaukee's hopes still brewin' 20Now just a game out of an NL Wild Card spot, the Brewers still have four more games against the NL Central-leading Cubs remaining, all of them in Milwaukee. […]
- Crew cuts lead to 1; hardest throw of '17 key 20Chase Anderson continued his string of solid starts by pitching six scoreless innings, and Domingo Santana backed him with a solo homer in a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. The shutout was also aided by the burgeoning reputation of center fielder Brett Phillips, who kept the potential tying run from even thinking of trying to score from thir […]Adam McCalvy and Adam Berry
- Astros win 5th in a row to keep pace with Tribe 20Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park. […]Brian McTaggart and Richard Dean
- Dodgers fall to Phils, but magic number is 2 20The magic number for a fifth consecutive National League West title fell to two for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, despite Rhys Hoskins' three-run double and four RBIs that rallied the Phillies to a 6-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. […]Ken Gurnick and Ben Harris
- CC 3rd, behind Hall of Famers, on lefty K list 20CC Sabathia moved into third place all-time in the second inning of Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Twins, striking out five to finish the evening with 2,836 career whiffs. Among lefties, he trails Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (4,875) and Steve Carlton (4,136). […]Bryan Hoch
- Yanks back CC, cut playoff magic number to 5 20CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky first inning to provide six solid frames and Brett Gardner drove in a pair of runs on Tuesday evening, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Twins in another meeting of the top clubs in the American League Wild Card hunt. […]Bryan Hoch and Rhett Bollinger
- Sale, Sox go for sweep vs. Orioles on MLB.TV 20Today has a full slate of games, headlined by the Orioles looking to stay alive in the American League Wild Card chase against AL Cy Young award heavyweight Chris Sale. The Twins are also visiting the Yankees in a potential preview of the AL Wild Card game, while Milwaukee's Aaron Wilkerson makes his first Major League start and two great lefties face o […]Ben Weinrib
- Fowler's clutch hits boost Cards in needed win 20Trying to hang on to their quickly fading postseason hopes, the Cardinals needed an early comeback then some late clutch hitting. It added up to an 8-6 victory over the Reds in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. […]Mark Sheldon and Andrew Call
- Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers 20
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.