12/24/2010

No Auto? But The Box Says......

Christmas came so fast. Why does it seem like it's taking forever for the 2010 Bowman Platinum hobby boxes to arrive? I know, I know, Mike has told me at least once....okay maybe twice a week for the past month (because that's how often I have asked him) that Topps pushed back the release date and they should be in his shop on January 3, 2011. 
While trying to maintain some sort of self control and not falling completely off the wagon or checking myself into a twelve step program, I bought a box of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects.
Now I continue to be totally confused about this series. What's the difference between these cards and the other 2010 Bowman Prospects and Draft Picks? I know one thing these boys are all so young! Anyone seen the USA Baseball Timmy Lopes cards? He has pimples and braces! Cute little guy huh?


Anyway, back to the reason of this post. I'll be the first to admit, that it takes me a significant amount of time to open all 24 packs of cards in a typical hobby box. I like to sit down on the couch at Mike's and leisurely open every pack. In fact my friend Christian has even commented on how long it takes me and doesn't offer up his ripping skills to "help me out" anymore. He didn't even hang around me for this one. But he knows if I hit something good, he and everyone else in the store at that time will hear about it. I'm sure they were all caught off guard when there was nothing but silence at my end of the shop......nothing, zilch, nada, zero! The only half decent card I pulled from the entire box was a Stanton RC refractor and he was the only player I recognized too. I usually don't let things like this bother me but not this time. By God I was going to tell Topps about it! Someone there would hear my frustration!
When I got home I sat down, flattened out the box and circled the area with a big black sharpy where it says:

"One Bowman Chrome Autographed Card in Every Box! No Purchase Necessary." 



I copied the reciept and wrote my letter!

Dear Topps,
I purchased this hobby box on Dec. 19, 2010 from Mike's Stadium Sportscards in Denver Colorado. I just wanted you know that there was no autographed card inside like it says on the box. I've enclosed a copy of the receipt and the original box with the UPC code on it. 
Thank You,

"I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW?" WTF was that all about? I was so hell bent on chewing someone out at Topps for ripping off my rip that I actually only politely informed them of this mistake and couldn't even bring myself to ask if it would be possible to have one sent to me. 
I worked myself all up and chickened out. After all I really didn't want to piss off the Gods at Topps, I like Topps. But I also sort of wanted an autographed card too. 
Then I found this.



So we will see if the Gods at Topps send "that polite lady from Colorado" the autographed card that they mistakenly forgot to put in the hobby box she bought.

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