After the snafu I created mis-crediting the origin of the Honus Wagner card story, I won't be crediting anyone in the future unless I know with 100% accuracy of the topics true origin.
Suffice it to say collectors acquire information from a wide variety of sources. In all honesty, I don't read every blog, and spend little time (if any) on message boards. In truth, I thought I was doing the right thing in crediting Chris because when I went to find the link on his blog I didn't even read the post. Why? Because originally all he did was post a link to the eBay auction with the rhetorical question, "What's wrong with this picture?" via Twitter.
So again Beardy, I apologize.
So, in the future, when I opine on a subject, it will be to simply give my two cents and in no way will be presented as a breaking story and/or I will no longer credit where I heard about it from originally so as not to confuse anyone of the story's actual source of origin. Fair enough?
Anyway, I digress. By now we have all heard the issue with what appears to be a Sam Bradford Mirror Black Parallel RC Auto 1/1 being used as a redemption substitute. The big concern in the mind of collectors being obviously, why wasn't one of the product's best cards packed out?
Fair enough question. But, do we have all the facts and are the right questions being asked.
If I am not mistaken, all we have to date is the back of the card. How de we know this wasn't one of the cards created for the Toronto Expo that went unclaimed? I am not saying it is but before jumping to conclusions I waited 24 hours to write this post and instead contacted Tracy Hackler at Panini directly (via Twitter, to which he replied) and stated that he was, currently, "Looking into it now (the situation.)" I followed up later that night (again via Twitter) and instantly got a response saying, " . . . waiting on feedback from a couple of people."
At this time there still hasn't been an official response from Panini (or Topps either) on these two issues. I understand that mistakes happen but what I don't appreciate is for a company(s) that wants to engage collectors through the use of social media, to throw us bouquets with free contests and disseminate information and such, on one hand, and then toplay clueless and bury their head in the sand when it comes to issues like these on the other. You can't have it both ways.
With the Sam Bradford issue specifically, we are still waiting on several factors and don't have all the information necessary to render an opinion yet, and in truth we may never, we can only speculate. HOWEVER, if it is true that this card is in fact, definitively, THE Panini Certified Mirror Black 1/1 Parallel and it never made it into packs, that is an issue than needs to be addressed and procedures changed to insure that it never, ever happens again.
Redemption cards, as we know are a legalized form of bait and switch that we have all come to live with or at least tolerate. THIS, however, THIS, would be a whole other issue completely.
Let's see what Panini has to say?