Sunday, December 23, 2012

Redemption Report - And the Winner Is...

About 2 weeks ago I once again expressed my displeasure at the inclusion of redemption cards in trading card products. On the same day, I took four different redemption cards, entered them into the Topps and Panini online redemption service, and decided to track them to see how long they would take to get returned. Of course, I also wanted to see what would come back; the actual card, a replacement or a long, long wait.

You can read that article here:

Well, the first card has been returned in less than 2 weeks time, and it's a pretty sweet card. Admittedly, Coby Fleener is one of many 2012 NFL rookies that have signed a significant amount of autographs this season. I've added another one to my collection (of many, too many), this one comes from Topps Prime. It's the Level 5, four swatch, gold parallel #'d to 25.

It's a stunning card and is exactly what you'd want on a card at this level. There are four completely different swatches of memorabilia, a piece of football, a patch, a white jersey piece and a blue jersey piece. The only thing holding it back from being perfect is the sticker auto, but still, it's a beauty.

Congratulations to Topps for being the first to cross the finish line. I'll continue to track the other 3 and provide updates as they come arrive, or if they don't.

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