Friday, March 20, 2015

RECALL! Topps Issues a Complete Recall of 2015 Tribute Baseball!


I don't think there has ever been a Baseball card product that has faced a complete recall.  This has got to be unprecedented.  I'm in complete shock.

As you may know, there have been complaints all over the web about the poor quality of the autographed cards found in the set.  They appear to be smudged - nearly every single one.  Check out a couple of pics below to see what I mean.
(Adrian Gonzalez signature)

(Fernando Valenzuela signature)

Horrible, right?

Now, Topps issues a recall and I'm left to wonder, "what does this mean for the set?"  Will it be reissued or abandoned entirely this year?  Could this move possibly make the cards out on the market right now super rare?

I dunno.  It's a move you'd expect from just about any other product in the consumer marketplace, but when it comes to a high-end collectible like Tribue... Well, it's a different animal.

Anyway, here is Topps official announcement from their Facebook page:
Dear Valued Topps Collectors and Customers,

Topps has been investigating complaints regarding the quality of the autographed cards in the just-released 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball and has confirmed that many autographed cards are damaged due to a UV contamination on the card.

As a result of our investigation and to rectify the situation, Topps is initiating a complete recall of the product.

Those in possession of unopened boxes should return them no later than Friday, March 27, 2015 to the authorized distributor or store from which the box was purchased for a full refund.

In addition, between now and June 30, 2015, anyone in possession of a damaged autographed card (not in pack) can exchange the card by contacting Topps Customer Service. Exchanges will be made for another card of equal or greater value, plus a bonus autographed or relic card (valued at the company’s discretion).

Topps appreciates your understanding in this matter. We stand firmly behind all our products and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
BTW, I'll share pics of the Dodger relic and autographed cards in the set next week regardless of this recall.  I figure they'll make their way to collectors hands anyway.

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