One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Seriously Topps, what the heck?

 A while back I pulled a redemption card from 2011 Topps American Pie for a Christopher Reeve Nickel Coin Collection card.  I was really excited! - I've never gotten one of these "coin cards" in any other sets, and come on, it's Superman~!

What I didn't realize when I pulled the card was that now I would have to deal with the Topps Redemption program.....

Inevitably the weeks passed, and then I got the famous email - "This email is to inform you that the Topps Company is currently beyond the 15 week processing time allocated for the following redemption card..."

I could maybe accept that, after all Topps must have to deal with a lot of these.  But here's the kicker....

That email was sent to me on April 27th - nearly 5 months ago - and I haven't heard another word since.

Heck, at this point I had forgotten I even had the card coming, it was a reference to a redemption card on someone else's blog that jogged my memory.

This isn't the first time I've had issues with them either.  Back in the spring I sent in two envelopes with wrappers for the Series 1 Gold Rush Redemption program - one with regular wrappers and one with jumbos.  I sent them each with the same amount of postage.  However a couple weeks later (after the program's redemption deadline had passed) one of them was returned to me for insufficient postage, and when I contacted Topps they said they would no longer honor my request since it was past the due date.

I need to ask Cynical Buddha where he got that "Countdown to the End of the Topps Monopoly" gadget for his blog...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Great News for The King~!

I've been a big wrestling fan my whole life, and have spent many happy hours watching Monday Night Raw with Jerry "The King" Lawler as the color commentator.  Despite his age, he's still one of the better talkers in the business when given the chance to cut a promo.  

For those who may not have heard, it was a very frightening scene this past Monday as Jerry suffered what turned out to be a massive heart attack while the show was live on the air.  Thankfully the EMTs did tremendous work reviving him and rushing him to the hospital, and I just heard that not only is The King still alive and kicking after an emergency angioplasty, but he is showing no signs of brain damage either!!  Some very welcome news indeed.

Get well soon King~!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Good Pull from Goodwin

I'm definitely a big fan of Goodwin's Animal Kingdom patches, and in the very first pack I bought this year I managed to snag one!:

A very nice, colorful patch for the ladybug.  I still have very vivid memories of the year we got completely swarmed by these in Milwaukee.  My friends and I were standing outside our high school waiting to be picked up one afternoon, and they were EVERYWHERE. And when I say "everywhere", I mean as in "we each had probably 30-50 of them landing on us at the same time."  No exaggeration.  As a person who really, really dislikes insects it was like my own personal hell.