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Are Printing Plates a true "1 of 1" card?
Usually, they're labeled "1/1" on the back of the card, but there's 4 different colors so are they really a "1 of 4" card?
I like them and I can see how some people would consider them "1 of 1" and others see them as "1 of 4" cards. To me, they are more than a novelty item. There's definitely value in them, but most don't seem to be valued at "Holy Grail" levels. They seem to be a hybrid on they're value depending the card. Some can sell for $5-$15 and others can sell for triple digits. I guess it mainly depends on the character on the card. Maybe for the poll, think of it as your favorite character in the newest release? A "rookie card" type of situation may push towards "Holy Grail" status in some cases.
Really interested in what others think about them? Sorry I tired, but I really don't know how to set up a good poll
|Titanium Card Talk Member|
Each printing plate is a 1/1 even though there are four diffrent colors each one is unique.
As for me i think they are just a novelty and i would not be bothered about getting one.
Come, it is time for you to keep your appointment with The Wicker Man.
|Platinum Card Talk Member|
Even though I have no interest in collecting printing plates myself, my vote is for a true 1/1, as each color plate is unique to the 4 colors needed for the 1 whole card. However the general popularity of the printing plate as a premium hit is reflected in the fact that the majority are sold for only a bit more than a common autograph card.
I think if you could manage to find all 4 plates of the same card, that would be a nice "set". But it would still have to be a card with a main image, as opposed to just a common base card showing no important character or scene. Without a popular picture there wouldn't be much demand, even if you did have all 4 colors.
By itself 1 printing plate is not very attractive, since it is unfinished and is made of thin metal. I would still rather pull a printing plate than a manufactured relic because it does carry the 1/1 label.
Chasing after all 4 colors might be a Holy Grail for someone, but I don't know how you would go about choosing the card. Best chance of seeing all 4 for sale would probably be on a card with a poor image and no demand. I know there was at least one card manufacturer who did sell all 4 colors as a unit, but I forget the product and when that was. I seem to think it was TOPPS.
|Silver Card Talk Member|
There is only one printing plate, from Captain America the First Avenger, I wanted all four versions of. I thought I'd never find any, but I did get the BLACK one. I was happy enough with that.This message has been edited. Last edited by: cardaddict,
|Diamond Card Talk Member|
Each is a 1/1 but only a novelty for me. A nice bonus pull but not in place of auto or relic cards
Definitely a novelty to me. A fun extra, but nothing more. Usually this is due to the fact that the image is (for understandable reasons) rarely well visible on each printing plate.
As Hammer said: no match for an auto or relic.
I do have one exception, though, as I pulled a printing plate signed by Christopher Lee from Unstoppable's Wicker Man release. That one does trump the regular Lee auto IMO.
I, personally, like printing plates. I do feel that they are each a 1 of 1 and not a 1 of 4. Each color has a different look on the plate. I have several plates from Inkworks, Topps star Wars, Marvel and Gotham. In my personal collection it goes autograph, printing plate, costume card, sketch card as far as hits go.
|Platinum Card Talk Member|
Just to add something about the novelty aspect. I understand why some collectors are calling printing plates novelties and why it's put in the survey as a choice. Because it's just a gimmick. Another way to create a 1/1 hit without much cost. However, to me, that doesn't mean they should be called novelty items or novelty cards.
Printing plates in products are licensed, are price guide listed and have market value. There is an established market for printing plate collectors that goes by the same supply and demand principles of all other licensed cards. Novelty cards don't have any of that. To me a novelty card is typically unlicensed, can not be included in a price guide because it is unlicensed, and will never be worth more than it was sold for. Novelty items or novelty cards are things you buy because you like how they look and they are cheap. If they are not cheap, you shouldn't be buying them because they have no real value. Unlicensed cards also devalue any collection.
Now manufactured relic cards, which I really hate, would be more appropriate to be called a novelty because they are not 1/1s and are a poor excuse for a premium hit. Yet by the same definition, they aren't novelties either because they are licensed and listed in guides.
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