GO GATORS !!!
Today I got a phone call from a customer and friend of mine. He pulled two redemption cards for AUTOS from the '06 Turkey Red Football product last year. He had a Redemption for a Leonard Pope RC AUTO Variation and another Redemption for a Leon Washington White Border RC AUTO /25. He told me that he finally got his cards in the mail and he had just gotten off the phone with Topps. "Why did you call Topps?" I asked. He then went on to tell me that he had gotten a package from Tri-Star Fullfillment containing a Bernard Berrian '04 Topps Pristine AUTO and a Dan Orvlovsky '05 Topps AUTO. He was very upset. Topps told him that they chose these replacements based on book value and that they use Beckett as a "guide". His question was, "How could you replace a guy that is a starter and an up and coming RB with a QB that isn't even playing and may not even be in the league?" There answer was..... "I'm sorry but the cards have equal book value according to Beckett." Wow was all I could say. He is holding a Redemption for an Amobi Okoye RC AUTO from '07 Topps Chrome football. He said that he is afraid to send it in now. I hate to hear stories like this. Upper Deck has been guilty of this on many occasions but this is the first time I have heard a story like this about Topps. My question is: why do card companies include AUTO redemptions of players that they have not reached an agreement with to sign AUTOS? I know sometimes a player does not fulfill his obligations. I think more times than not the card companies are just including redemptions and trying to buy time until they can get the player to agree to sign. I wonder how long before someone tries to sue them for false advertisement? I know the redemption cards contain language in very small type that basically says, you may not get what you are supposed to. Still this stuff is ridiculous and is one big problem with the hobby.