This is Topps sent me as a replacement for the Cat Osterman autograph I had redeemed back in July, that was pulled from one of my Ginter boxes.. I'm not mad about the card I got, I'm mad I wasn't able to choose the replacement I received. Topps didn't even warn me it was going to be replaced, they simply just mailed me a package. You can't give someone a coupon for a free steak diner, and serve them chicken instead. That is exactly what I feel like Topps did here, and I don't like it one bit. It's not that this isn't a beautiful cards, because it is, and that Mr. Louganis wasn't an excellent athlete, because he was. The trouble is that I have no way of determining this card's worth. According to Topps, this card has a "book value" of $60. Unfortunately, there are no recent completed sales on eBay to compare, but the last time I checked, Greg Louganis autographs weren't in high demand. Do you know whose autograph is in high demand? Cat Osterman's. The redemptions alone regularly sold for upwards of $50 (which is still high on eBay for a cards carrying a $60 BV). So we know for a fact what the Osterman is worth, or at least a ballpark figure that has been determined by multiple free market sales, but there is absolutely no way of knowing what the Louganis is really worth. I'd be willing to bet it wouldn't sell for much more that $20-$25.
This is only one of many issues I have with the way Topps handles it's redemptions. Other companies ask you to send in a list of your favorite players & teams when they are unable to process a redemption as promised, but not the Topps Company. They will send you whatever they, and a pricing "authority" to remain nameless deem to be an even swap in terms of value. If something sounds a little unfair, it just might be because it is.
I received a response from Topps this morning more or less telling me my opinions are not valid, and that they do not feel that the way they handled this process was flawed. The refused to apologize, but did offer to send me some complimentary product as a showing of good faith. I responded back with a less angry email, intelligently laying out the points I made above, and am waiting for a response. It's not like I actually expect anything to happen, and at this point, I'm not even sure why I sent them another email. I'm going to take my free product and shut my mouth, because at the end of the day, what can I really do about it (aside from stop purchasing their products)?
Devout Baltimore sports fan, and baseball card collector. Currently collecting Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Orioles Hall of Famers, and all other Orioles cards. I like to trade, so you know, hit me up if you're interested.
Wanna trade with me and not sure who/what I collect? Here's a handy-dandy list for you to reference.
1. Nick Markakis 2. Adam Jones 3. Cards of dudes with sweet beards 4. Frank Robinson 5. Brooks Robinson 6. Eddie Murray 7. Nolan Reimold 8. Cal Ripken 9. Jim Palmer 10. Buffalo Bill Cody 11. Burke Kenny 12. 2004 Leaf Slideshow inserts 13. All other Orioles card 14. Vintage Vintage Vintage (especially 1950's & earlier) 15. Various sets (see want list section) 16. Brian Roberts 17. Joe Flacco 18. Ray Rice 19. Ed Reed 20. Dwayne Bowe