It's always a sad day when a piece of history is destroyed forever in this way and the pieces sent to anonymous collections around the world.
Mr Rob Ford is not a historian or preserver of history no matter what his diatribe of self justification might be. He is in the business of making money and not caring for historic artifacts for the good of future generations.
I don't believe he is qualified to decide what people want to or don't want to see in museums. If he was that concerned about the number of people wanting to share a part of history he would've had the flag preserved in whatever state it was in for many more people to view than the individuals who are the new custodians of these remnants. The state of the flag to me is irrelevant, it is history, a piece of American history and the rips, tears and cuts on it were all part of that flag's history as a whole.
Now it is forever lost for what it once was and the individual pieces have been cheapened in what to me are very tacky looking frames and the flag will never again be seen by the people whose ancestors fought and died for.
At least Rob Ford and 'Upper Deck' can soften the blow of the destruction of history and have their minds distracted by this act of vandalism by counting the money they are earning from it. A price can't be put on history.
Or can it...................?
My comments are merely my own personal opinion and do not reflect on Maximus and his acquisition of such a piece. The flag is destroyed now and can't be put back together.