I decided to open a case of 2012 Topps Chrome when it was released earlier this year. I am and have always been a huge fan of Topps Chrome. I love refractors and the rest of the numbered variation (camo, pink, purple, etc.).
I am primarily a football collector, do some baseball, very little basketball, and no hockey (though I love the game). For me, Topps Chrome football is the staple of any collecting year.
It’s a great, well-priced (initially) product that is fun to open, has tons of rookies, variation refractors, and one auto per hobby box. I have loved it for as long as I can remember.
Something new to this year’s Chrome release was the Blue Wave Refractor Redemption packs included with each submitted redemption (while supplies last).
Special, limited run redeemable packs have been part of product releases in recent years. If I remember correctly, 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball offered refractor packs, featuring Buster Posey, Mickey Mantle, and others, if you sent in all of the wrappers from a hobby box. This past year, Panini offered Father’s Day and Black Friday packs if you purchased certain products in the line.
I believe the Blue Wave packs were a good answer to the ever increasing number of redemptions collectors have come to expect when busting boxes. It’s always a little bitter sweet to spend money on a box only to receive one or two redemptions with no guarantee you’ll ever receive the card.
Unfortunately, it seems Topps had some challenges with releasing the Blue Waves in a timely manner, but I think the end result was good. I am just hoping collectors can overcome their frustration with the delay.
Although I realize how difficult it must be to get professional athletes to follow through on their auto obligation, those of us who bust a lot of wax know what it’s like to have a large queue of redemptions in our online accounts.
If I recall, my Chrome case produced three redemptions (maybe more–can’t remember). I submitted my redemptions and over the past few weeks received my Blue Wave packs.
There are four cards per pack with the possibility of short printed autos.
I was stoked on my first pack. Hit this:
I also was fortunate to hit Nick Foles in the second pack:
The rest of the base from the two packs:
And just yesterday, I received these from my third redemption:
And, oh, yeah, the third redemption received? A pretty cool card:
Redemptions are what they are. They have become part of our hobby whether we like it or not. I realize (and hope) the companies do the best they can to fulfill their redemptions and work hard to get those autos completed.
The Blue Wave Refractors are a wonderful value add to that tough dynamic and the gesture of appreciation by Topps and the other manufacturers is appreciated by almost all collectors.
Even if I didn’t hit the Morris auto, I still would have appreciate and been happy with the extra packs.
Here’s hoping the companies will continue to support those of us who spend and invest our hard earned dollars into their products.