Military and Wartime memorabilia is one of the most profitable industries for a lot of reasons that are not puzzling. There are millions of Americans with ties to both the historic victories, and the disgusting atrocities that took place during the foreign wars of our country, myself included. Therefore, when I see a product like Dr. Price’s Horrors of War, I get why it can be very controversial.
For those who are wondering why I am talking about a non-sport product, its pretty easy. Not only does this set compile some of the first mainstream military cards in years, it also has cut autographs of some of the biggest heroes and villans of the major foreign wars. Military based trading cards are not anything new, but the concept of a product that has this kind of chase element is relatively unexplored. Because there are a handful of murderous dictators and other similar cards, I am not happy that someone is able to make money with the distribution of cards that feature a group of people like the Nazis. There are also a lot of war heroes, but that is never going to be a source of issue with me.
Here is what I mean:
We also have heroes like these:
In fact, the checklist is so dividing, that eBay will not let all of it be auctioned off on its site. We know that there are at least one autograph of Heinrich Himmler and one of Adolph Hitler that have been posted and pulled from listings, as we can see in the threads from Blowout. Considering my background, I cant say I am on this bandwagon of having their signatures available to be pulled from boxes. Its too sensitive of an element to have a product built around, and with the number of people out there who identify with the terrible ideologies of these figures in history, it opens a door that shouldnt be opened.
That being said, I do understand that there are collectors of this kind of stuff just out of interest, not identification with its values, and they deserve to have a product like this. So, if there is a market, how can something like this work? A collector buys a box, pulls a cut autograph from a high ranking Nazi, and then cant sell on eBay because of what it is. This situation takes a lot out of the product’s market viability when the chase cards cant be sold in the top venue.
I have to believe that Dr Price meant no ill will towards any group of people with the production of this set, he doesnt seem like that kind of person. However, I cant support the sales of a product where collectors buy boxes to pull cut autographs of the leaders responsible for the destruction of millions of people. Then again, we all saw what happened with the Fidel Castro cut auto from Ginter a few years ago.