The swapped autograph thing has been known to sometimes happen on cards with sticker autos, but how does this happen with cards containing on-card autographs? Let’s talk about it.
Card on the right: Blaze Jordan 2022 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs #PA-BJ Blue Refractor /25 with all systems go.
Card on the left: Blaze Jordan 2022 Bowman Sterling Signage Autographs #SSA-BJ Rose Gold Refractor /5 but contains Manny Machado’s autograph.
So how does this happen?
It’s possible that athletes are rushed to sign bricks of cards in short time frames and don’t pay much attention to what they’re signing; they just sign. If that’s the case, it could’ve been that Topps accidentally sent Manny Machado some cards of Blaze Jordan to sign, which would’ve been the result of a shipping error by Topps. Although, it doesn’t take much attention to acknowledge what you’re signing so both Topps and Manny Machado would be at fault here.
Another thought is that this was a deliberate joke to manipulate PR, which in essence would be considered brilliant. I didn’t know who Blaze Jordan was before this happened and now I do. It’s like asking the newspaper to publish your article photo upside down. What better way to grab attention and get people talking? This could’ve been a simple instance of smart marketing.
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