It’s only day # 2 of Topps Tribute, officially … but the hobby world is exploding with rage and anger as more and more faded, smudged, and otherwise damaged autographs keep popping up on eBay and social media outlets. Surprisingly, Topps’ active Twitter account has gone silent and there has yet to be an official word on what caused the damage and what the MLB exclusive card company plans to do. Not even Beckett Media, the supposed voice of the collector, has commented.
On Twitter, well-known case breaker, Brent Williams, posted the results of his case along with his disappointment and frustration over Tribute to his over 4,000 Twitter followers. Even the non-damaged cards were not well-received but that’s another story. What’s really tragic about Tribute-Gate is that this year’s product looks absolutely amazing, including the design of the game-used relics, which to me has been a dead gimmick for years.
In the middle of the outrage on Twitter, a video popped up on YouTube with a Topps employee showing players just how to sign their Tribute cards. Not only is it very interesting to see the behind the scenes work that goes into making trading cards, it also shows that just maybe cards are being signed without a Topps representative. Again, that’s another story. What we still don’t know is just who is to blame? Rushed millionaire players who didn’t wait for ink to dry or Topps Company?