Giclee

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There is  no company named “giclee” – it is a French way of saying “ink jet” which describes the way these cards are printed.  It is also a slang word (in French) which means male ejaculation.

A giclee card is simply a card produced on an inkjet printer.

Some giclee cards are produced using original art, and may have some negligible collectible value.  Those which are simply reprints of old cards are worthless.

This original painting by CABEZA de VACA is valued at more than $3,000.00 - but the giclee baseball card version is worth zilch...

Giclee sports cards can have no book value  for the following reasons:

1. The print run never ends.  They may be reproduced forever, by anyone with an ink jet printer.

2. The ink used in these printers degrades quickly, and these cards will not last long enough to acquire any age-related value.

(NOTE:  Although manufacturers of ink jet printers and papers claim their prints will last as long as 120 years, these claims have been refuted by Wilhelm Imaging Research – a research lab which is regularly hired by printer vendors to test longevity of various printers and inks.  For example, Kodak claims a life of 120 years for prints using their best archival papers.  Wilhelm’s research found such prints will last only 11 years.)

HOWEVER….

The original art used to create a giclee print may or may not have value, depending on the artists reputation and the quality of the art.  The original art is never referred to as “giclee” because it is typically a sketch or painting.

A “giclee sketch card” is still an inkjet printing, and is not the original art, thus it is also without value.  I am not saying nobody will buy it. I am simply saying it has no collectible value, and that is what this guide exists for.

ALSO….

“Artist signed” giclee cards may have some intrinsic value, based solely on the value of the artist’s autograph.  If the artist is famous, and their autograph has value, this would also be the approximate value of the giclee print.  The fact that there is an inkjet print of their work attached does not increase the value of the autograph significantly.  In this case, it is the autograph which has value, not the print itself.

Large giclee prints – not card sized, but large enough to hang on a wall in a frame, may have some value as decor, but no collectible value, except numbered limited editions signed by the artist. The value remains primarily in the signature.

As a collectible sports card, a giclee has little desirability.  Why not just buy your own ink jet and start “ejaculating” your own cards?

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.

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I've been collecting baseball cards since 1965, when I would chew on them instead of the horrible bubble gum inside. All of these cards are from my private collection.
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