The idea of relic cards is in essence a good one. It is awesome to get a piece of history that was worn by your favourite player (jersey), was used during an at bat (like a piece of bat) or even played a role in a cool baseball game (like pieces of a used baseball).
The problem of course is that companies like Topps started using phrases such as "The Memorabilia contained on this card is not from any specific game, event, or season" while Panini now states "The enclosed game-used material is guaranteed by Panini America, Inc", I mean "guaranteed" in what sense ?? Clearly, both Topps and Panini don't give us any clue as to when the relic was used and/or in which game it was used and therefore one can get nervous and heavily doubt the authenticity of the relic.
That's why I love the following 2015 Topps Tribute card that recently arrived at my doorstep.
On the back Topps now states: "The Relic embedded in this card is from the milestone event described above". The milestone event described on the back of the card is clear and is the game from May 3, 2007 during which Glavine reached his 2,500th strike-out. I love this level of detail (although if you want to stay sceptic they could have made this up but I would have a hard time believing this).
I hope Topps really continues with giving these specific details, this makes it so much cooler. What do you guys think ? Love it or staying sceptical ?