Yes, it's real.
You've seen the previews. You've read the negative reaction from around the cardblogosphere. And I know what you're thinking. How can I get in on the action? How can I simultaneously make fun of Topps for such a bad concept AND come away with a one-of-a-kind prize?
Fear not collector. Introducing the Stale Gum, Topps National Chicle Parody Card contest.
Just make your own National Chicle-inspired parody card, and e-mail it to me. If I judge you to have made the best fake card, you'll win a genuine one-of-one custom "Franken-Cut" signature card of Beckett.com serial plagiarist/Topps apparatchik Chris Olds.
Yes, this is a real 100% authentic signature of Olds, cut out of a greeting card acquired by yours truly, and mounted into a custom 2.5" X 3.5" frame.
Don't delay, enter today! And to inspire you, here are some examples of what I'm looking for.