Friday, March 20, 2015

Details About The 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Cards Recall

Thanks to social media and eBay listings I quickly found out about the damage to 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball. The overwhelming majority of autographs were smudged, streaky or broken straight out of the packs. Rumblings about the entire release having issues flooded Twitter timelines and card forums. Speculations as to what happened and how Topps was going to handle it ran rampant. In public I remained silent. I had ideas of what had happened and how Topps might respond. But it was clear this was going to be a no win situation for Topps.

EVERY card company has had issues in the past and the usual response is “any damaged cards will be replaced,” a fix it as we go approach. But today Topps did the most bold thing any company can do which is also the right thing. Topps has issued a complete recall of 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball.

Any collector that still has a sealed box should return it to the point of purchase by March 27, 2015 and they will receive a full refund.  If you bought your box from an online retailer I would contact them about methods to return boxes. 

For those of you that opened boxes or are being shipped cards from box breaks or bought early singles on the secondary, if you have a damaged autograph card that is not still sealed in a pack, you have the option to contact Topps Customer Service and arrange for an exchange of that card before June 30, 2015. Exchanges will be made for another card of equal or greater value, PLUS a bonus autograph or relic. Values for exchange will be determined by Topps at their discretion.

Collectors are angry, and rightly so. No one wants to open a high end product and find any damage. Finding damage to almost every hit in a box probably wasn’t even a thought for any collector or even Topps. So clearly something went wrong. From Topps' statement the damage is due to UV contamination on the card. As a collector with a lot of experience autographs I can tell you this makes perfect sense. 

As an avid collector of autographs I know the quality of autographs can vary wildly with surface types, (straight paper, magazine, Glossy card finish, chrome/mirror card finish, photographic matte & glossy paper, straight baseball leather, pitted football leather, synthetic leather, etc.) type of pen (ball point, Sharpie, Staedtler, paint pen, etc) speed and strength of the player’s signature and believe it or not WEATHER (extremes of cold, sun, humidity, etc.) 

For example, if you want a player’s autograph on a baseball, if you get them to sign with a Sharpie chances are that auto will become a faded blur over time, if it’s cheap baseball, sometimes within months. Sign a vintage card with ball point pen and the ink will disappear over time leaving just the indentation of the signature. Hang a signed photo in a frame without UV protection in a well lit room and over time both the autograph and the photo will degrade.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1982 Topps Cal Ripken Jr Rookie Card is our Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Card for March 12, 2015

It’s time for another installment of Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Cards. The player on our card for today, March 12, 2015, is Cal Ripken Jr.

This is his Topps rookie card. I pulled this from packs back in 1982  Herd to believe that was over 30 years ago. Let’s take a look at this card.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zen Cards of the Day for March 10

Here are the Zen Cards of the Day. Let this theme take you to another place. Relax your ‘Monkey Mind” with these anchor words. Repeat over and over again.

Monday, March 9, 2015

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Baseball Card is the focus of Mint Monday

It's Monday, a day when hope springs eternal. Hope that this week will be perfect. It's also the perfect time to look for perfect cards. It's what we call Mint Monday.
Last week we wrote about the1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie card. This week we tackle another ‘80s icon, the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Baseball Card.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Perfect Error Card That Should Have Been

It’s Free Dress Friday here on All About Cards. That means anything goes. So put on your casual clothes and let’s look at the lighter side of Trading Cards.

In the past week All About Cards has been all about 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball. From a mobile friendly checklist to Action Image Variation Visual Checklist to a post on How To Spot 2015 Topps Heritage Error Cards.

We predicted all the error cards before the release of 2015 Topps Heritage in rather detailed form, but there was one error card we were hoping would be a little different.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

1966 Topps Baseball Rookies are the focus of our Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Cards for March 5, 2015

It’s time for another installment of Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Cards. It’s been all about the release of 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball this week from our mobile friendly checklist to a guide for finding error cards. So let’s pay tribute to the set Heritage is based on this year, 1966 Topps Baseball.
We covered this card, Jim Palmer’s rookie card from 1966. He is not the only Hall of Famer to have a rookie card in the ’66 release, there are two others. But when it comes to pricing, all three of those cards are eclipsed by another rookie, one that you might not even know about. Let’s take a look at those cards.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Action Image Photo Variation Complete Visual Checklist

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Action Image Variation cards are easy to spot but only if you’ve seen the base version of that card. It helps to find the code on the back of the card. This year that code ends with 262 unlike the base cards which end with 253.

But rather than just hunting for tiny codes on the back, we’ve made it simple for you to spot these cards by making a complete visual checklist of these Action Image Photo Variations.
As an example for comparison, above you will find the base card and Action Image Photo variation for card #1, Buster Posey. Below you will find all the Action Image Photo Variations alone, without base cards. If you think you have an SP Action Image Variation but you don’t it find here, it’s just a nice looking base card.

And we've made it even easier to get any of these cards, without having to hunt through packs. Click on any of the player's names below and that will take you to all available versions of that card currently listed on eBay. Many of them are Buy It Now options so you could have that card delivered to your door.

Here is our 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Action Image Variation Complete Visual Checklist.