By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Collectors attending the National Sports Collectors Convention next week in suburban Chicago will have the chance to finish off some outstanding collecting issues.
They can trade in their older Panini America redemptions for cards at the show.
The company announced its plans for the Panini America Trade Up program on Monday, which will allow collectors to trade in any non-fulfilled redemptions in the Panini America system for randomly filled grab bags of corresponding value at the show that include a single autograph or memorabilia card. Redemptions that are four months old or older are eligible for the replacement program.
Redemptions will be confirmed in the company’s system and the cards’ typical sales prices as tracked by Beckett Media will be used to arrive at a total. A collector will then be able to pick grab bags at the $50, $100, $150 and $200 plateaus depending on the total of their outstanding cards.
The bags will contain, according to the company, cards valued between the low total and the next level of bag. The $200 bags will contain cards valued at as much as $250. Some bags will include redemption cards for free boxes at the show and all bags will note what sport is inside.
Collectors should bring printouts of their outstanding redemptions to help expedite the process, which will allow them to exchange up to $400 worth of cards at the show.
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