Have you ever scanned a card that looks amazing in person, but looks terrible in the photo? It happens to me on a regular basis. My scanner hates shiny cards... especially ones with silver foil.
But apparently... it loves 2007 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures, because I recently purchased a Pittsburgh Pirates "lot" off of eBay that contained this Al Oliver autograph. And trust me... it looks bad. Real bad. A lot worse than shown in the scan.
It's so bad that I can't tell whether Upper Deck had him sign the sweet spot with black or gold ink. My guess is that he used a black pen that's quickly fading and turning yellow. However I wouldn't be surprised if he signed this card in gold ink, since it's a parallel #'d to 25.
Either way... it's pretty sad that a multitude of 2007 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures are so faded. My Tim Raines card seems to have been signed with disappearing ink.
With each passing day, the pleather that Upper Deck used in 2007 seems to soak up more and more of the ink. One of these days, I'll wake up and the autograph will be completely gone.
It's such a shame too... because 2007's Sweet Spot design is one of my favorites. I love the ballparks in the background. Thankfully most of the "bat" and "glove" autographs seem to hold their ink.
But if you have the regular "baseball" versions, you might want to scan your cards right now before their autographs disappear.
Happy Monday and sayonara!
P.S. Today is Al Oliver's 67th birthday. Happy Birthday Mr. Oliver!