The R&N China Company must have had a deal with Topps in the early 1990's to reproduce classic rookie cards in a variety of interesting ways. In one of my earlier posts was a coffee mug featuring Rickey's rookie card on the front.
Today's post is of a porcelain version of that same classic card (1980 Topps #482), advertised as the "world's thinnest porcelain baseball card." This is probably a pretty safe assumption, as I don't know of too many different types of porcelain baseball cards out there.
This porcelain card is about the same size as an actual baseball card, but with rounded corners, and comes complete with a "solid wood display base." It was probably produced around the same time as the coffee mug (1992), although I'm not actually sure. At the bottom of the porcelain, below the picture of the actual card, it says "R&N China Co, 'Sports Nostalgia,' Carrolton, Ohio." The back of the card looks just like the back of his normal rookie card, but is numbered in gold lettering (my card is limited edition #1,114, out of who know how many).
The card came packaged in a corrugated cardboard sleeve, with the card placed in the middle. Luckily it has stood up to its "thin yet very durable" claim, as the packaging didn't provide much protection for a piece of porcelain.
On the back of the package is the certificate of authenticity, also numbered to 1,114. It says that the card is an officially certified edition, limited to only 30 firing days. Which, really doesn't say too much about how many of them there actually are out there. Either way, I enjoy the graphic that accompanies the certificate.