Back in September, I went on a bidding spree on the bay to get as many of the 2011 Topps Marquee Pirates AUTOs I could get my hands on. I came out with 3 Jose Tabatas, 2 Neil Walkers, and a Andrew McCutchen/Jose Tabata dual auto. I managed to even get 2 "Ebay 1/1"s. Below is the Jose Tabata/Andrew McCutchen dual on card auto numbered 1/15.
And here is Jose Tabata dual jersey/Auto numbered 31/200. The reason this is an "Ebay 1/1" is because it features his jersey number. Oddly enough, the seller didn't realize this on the listing and I got it for a steal of like $10.
I think it's clever and deceptive that sellers list jersey numbers, first in print, last in print run, birth year, etc. as being a 1/1. While it certainly gets more people to look at the item, it's got to make the seller seem like they have no integrity by calling it a 1/1. I don't place any added value on if a card is a first or last in print or if it has their jersey number. To me, the card is still just a card.
Does anyone out there truly try to get any of these Ebay 1/1s when collecting or are you like me and just not care about the numbering?
Here's the other Jose Tabatas I picked up with no significant numbering at all.