If you’re an avid sports card collector, then there are so many different ways that you go about collecting, some people collect just one player, some collect based on team.
But, did you know that some people actually collect cards that have been miscut?
If you’re new to collecting cards and are unsure what a miscut card is, whether they’re worth more, or how to find them, this guide will help explain to you all the details you need to know about these elusive cards!
What Is A Miscut Card?
Before we begin talking about value, it’s important to know what exactly warrants a miscut card. A miscut comes under the umbrella term of an error card.
Error cards are a type of card that, for some reason, contain an error that differentiate them from other cards, often as a result of incorrect printing, with some cards having their details being printed wrong, or the print being extremely misaligned from what it should.
Another form of error card is a miscut, which are cards that have been cut incorrectly from the initial sheet inside of the factory.
Miscuts can occur both vertically and horizontally, however vertical miscuts are much more common.
Ultimately miscuts are a result of the way that these cards are produced, with the aim being to use factories to create these cards for a minimal cost.
For some collectors, a card that is anything less than perfectly cut and aligned is completely worthless, and often leads to a lot of upset.
However, some people value these miscut cards, and build entire collections around them, so it’s likely that if you come across one of these miscuts, that you’ll be wondering if they’re worth anything, so read on to find out!
Types Of Miscut Card
There are many different types of miscut cards, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common miscuts you’ll encounter!
Edge Of Sheet Miscuts
These miscut cards are taken from the edge of a card sheet, and won’t have a neighbouring card that will be miscut into, and will therefore have a large colored bar, typically in white, where this other card would usually be.
Sometimes these miscuts will feature technical information and some other printed data on them too, and are typically more popular miscuts than ones from the middle of the sheet.
These cards that are miscut adjacent to fillers won’t show a 2nd card even though they usually would, but upon flipping the card, you’ll find the 2nd card on the reverse side!
Twisted Miscut Cards
There are two different varieties to these miscuts, one of these is where the card is skewed, and then the other type is where the card shape is completely normal.
Out of these, the skewed variety is way more common than the other twisted miscut. All of these twisted miscuts are considered to be a misprint by the card community, but the normal twisted miscuts are often a topic of debate amongst collectors.
On a very rare occasion, you may find two miscut cards that connect with one another! Despite the actual rarity of this being high, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these cards are particularly valuable.
Are These Miscut Cards Worth More?
Unfortunately, compared to some other error cards with misprints, miscuts don’t often get the same sort of fanfare around them, there are a lot of card collectors out there that do value miscut cards, but generally they don’t get much love as collectors tend to strive for cards with the most perfect cuts and alignment.
This news might be disappointing to someone who’s just opened a pack and found themselves a cool looking miscut card.
If the card is particularly rare to begin with then there is a small chance that someone might be interested in the card, but like all other error cards, the value for the card only increases dependent on people’s interest in the card itself.
How To Price And Sell A Miscut Card
When it comes to selling a miscut card, it can be difficult trying to figure what sort of value you should place upon it. If the card you have is already considered rare, then there is a small chance that someone might take an interest in it, but the likelihood is that you might struggle to sell it regardless of what card it is.
The first step is to try and find out what the regularly cut version of the card is, and then maybe add a couple of dollars on top of that price, however, you certainly shouldn’t expect to retire on the money you’ll make from selling your miscut card.
To ensure an easy sale, you’re best off trawling through some of the forums for the cards you collect to see if there are any notable collectors of misprint cards within that community, from there you’ll have to discuss with that person on how much they’re willing to pay for that card.
Remember, miscut cards create a rather unique situation, because whilst they’re rarer, they mean that they’d be rated a lot less highly by professional card graders, so if someone wants a card based purely upon their grade and value, the chances are they won’t be interested in the miscut card.
Furthermore, people who collect miscut cards typically collect them because they’re a lot cheaper to collect than perfect cards, so don’t be too surprised if you’re offered less for your card than a regularly cut card is worth.
In summary, there are many different types of miscut cards that you might encounter as you expand your card collection, but it might not be worth getting too excited about, as they’re not worth more than their regular variants on most occasions.
Overall, these miscut cards might not be worth enough for you to give up your job, but they certainly make for interesting additions to your collection!