Topps makes good on 2012 Tribute change

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ first high-end release of 2012, Topps Tribute, arrived on Friday with previously announced bonus cards not actually being bonuses due to a change in the product configuration.

The company is fixing that problem.

The Tribute To The Stars autographs were originally supposed to be incrementally placed extra hits in the product. Instead, these cards have been found in place of an autograph or Relic.

On Friday, the company announced that it will send a pack of 2011 Bowman Sterling (two autographs and one Relic per) to anyone who sends a Tribute to the Stars card in to the company to have its serial-number verified and have it returned along with the pack.

Cards should be sent to:

The Topps Company
Sports & Entertainment
Attn: Customer Support – 6th Floor
1 Whitehall Street
New York, New York 10004-2109

This offer will expire March 9, 2013.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Any idea how to take advantage of this offer with redemption cards?

  2. chrisolds
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Only the cards in the style above can be sent in. If it’s a redemption for that set, I’d think just send in as well.

  3. Josh
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I guess that means they’re not in the plastic case like all the other hits?

  4. Richard
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    It might be a good idea for Topps to make public a list of all cards “redeemed” for the pack
    to prevent bad guys from selling it to people who think they will be able to get the packs.

  5. Mike
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Boxes missing hits should at least receive replacement cards out of the product from which they purchased. If I spend the money on Tribute and I’m missing a hit, it’s only fair to expect a card replacement to be a hit out of Tribute. Bowman Sterling is nice, but doesn’t sufficiently replace Tribute. I’d rather have a Tribute pack.

  6. steve-o
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    LOL…….just more “oops” from Topps, and what a good start to this years high end market

    GO PANINI !!!!!

  7. Aardvark Ratnick
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    More Topps expecting the customer to do all the legwork for their continued screwups.

  8. tom waldron
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Gotta tell ya 1ST seat relics then fake Lou Gehrig card I believe Upper Deck secretly bought Topps. Together these 2 companys are going to kill the hobby.Let ALONE Baseball cards.
    Don’t we have to at least acknoledge there is something wrong here.
    As Mike said above I’ve made the same statemnt to Topps themselves and Ud. When you hav a redemption and it’s not availible it’s up to the Company to make it better after all WE are the customers. Remeber the old rule it’s the customers and 2nd rule see rule 1.

  9. Mark
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    What a scam !!!!!!! At least offer a random auto from 2012 Tribute. Good god Topps just cant can’t get their s**t together. Reason why they are giving away other product is because they probable dont have the auto’s to give out for Tribute. Same b**ls**t from the other year with fake bat pieces. Come on Beckett when are you going to finally pan a product or manufacturer????? I quess bottom line profits are more important than letting a collector know he or she is being scamed!!!

  10. chrisolds
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Mark: Panning happens. In this case, Topps owned up to not delivering bonus cards as it said it would and is offering something more in return. Why would they get panned for addressing and handling an error such as this? They could have just ignored it.

  11. Mark
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Re: Chrisolds
    With all due respect. And I mean that. Please tell me the last product you guys have actually panned for being crap? Especially a high end product. Also please tell me if the value is the same in both products….. NOT….. With sterling you get 2 most of the time worthless auto’s and a garbage jersey card. WOW I feel great on that. Gee it does not take much to relize Topps just brought the market down on both products.
    Please not all of us are complete idiots. And yes I do relize people are still going to buy both products. I will save my cash for something else on this one. Hey Chris does it make people feel better when you shine s**t, because that is about what Topps products have become.
    The Hobby Needs A Little More Truth!

  12. joe
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    The problem is these companies are making so many unnecessary products and trying to push them out so fast to be the first, that they forget to do it right. I am really, do we need Topps Opening Day. They produce that crap and say it’s for the kids. Wasn’t Topps Series 1 & 2 for the kids.

  13. chrisolds
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Joe: Products like Opening Day exist because they are cheaper to produce, sell for a cheap price and can sell well (volume-wise) at non-traditional places such as ballparks or on websites such as If it didn’t sell relatively well, it wouldn’t exist.

  14. chrisolds
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Mark: Clearly you don’t read Beckett Baseball … 2011 Limited Cuts review. Go read it.

  15. Josh
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I opened a box of this and got total crap. I got the box for $240 and will be happy to recover half of that. The BEST auto I got was a Jesus Montero blue version, followed by an Eduardo Nunez (who?) gold version. The best relic was a Paul Molitor World Series bat (not actually from the World Series). I don’t know if the quality is down this year, but the box I bought last year was 10x better card for card. Maybe I just got a bad box, but I’m still disappointed. I didn’t get a single star-quality or HoF auto.

    It is pretty lame that Topps flubbed the inserts that badly, but the secondary market for those inserts is really good right now because of it. We’ll see how it is in a few months.

  16. Mark
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Well this is going way off in the wrong direction. Again with respect to your insite in reguards to baseball. I do not think a review is what this is about. I would have to think it is more about the day a product is released the manufacturer is telling the public “hey we screwed you again” but just to show we are greatfull of your support we are going to give you a pack of cards that is less in value plus the loss of s/h.
    Now on to the comment that I must not read Beckett Baseball, the sad part is I do religiously. I still have my original copy black& white. I do not recall that 2011 Limited review . Most collectors know you are taking a chance on any product. Please I do not want to waste your time I will email you direct and we can discuss like two grown adults

  17. chrisolds
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Mark: Reviews or commentary pieces are where opinion resides. Not on news stories announcing errors — particularly when the company is making good on a mistake that it didn’t, ultimately, have to fix. The Limited review was in the last issue or two — and you’ll see that it (like other reviews) was far from glorious. While you went into attack mode, I will stop there as I think I covered the bases.

  18. Jeff Kruer
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    When will baseball come to the realization that Topps, and their virtual monopoly, has resulted in Topps taking the consumer for granted. The general disregard for both quality and value becomes increasingly apparent. Missed cards, damaged cards, and questionable memorabilia. I’m tired of the weak excuses, that always results in the consumer being forced to jump through hoops. I for one have determined the only way to address the problem is to get out of the hobby. God knows Beckett isn’t going to ever hurt the golden goose.

  19. chrisolds
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Jeff: This post’s existence proves at least two of your points to be wrong.

  20. Damon
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Wow! People need to lighten up! I would say “get a hobby” but you’re already so engrossed in this one it is obvious that is not the answer. Everyone makes mistakes! I for one agree with Chris – Topps has more than made up for their error by offering the pack of Sterling. Let’s not forget – you weren’t guaranteed to get anything of value even if the extra hit was originally seeded in the product. If you don’t like it, stop buying Topps products. Then again, where would you go then to do the complaining you so obviously enjoy?

  21. William Gareau
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I have to disagree with the folks bashing topps. I have collected cards for several decades and had my issues with topps, pannini and upper deck. By and large, Topps is the easiest company to deal with. When I fail to get all of my hits or have a damaged card, they are prompt in rectifying the problem. I find that topps has fewer redemption cards and tends to honor most of those more quickly than Panini. Topps also responds to my emails where Panini ignores them.

    I am also a fan of bowman sterling baseball. When I review my old bowman sterling cards, I always seem to find one of a player that was a common the year the product came out and now is a hot player. An example is 09 with Yu Darvish and Cespedes.

    I did by a 2012 box of Tribute: Felix Hernandez blue auto, Mike Morse auto, Nelson Cruz blue auto, Dustin Pederoia blue auto, George Brett relic and miguel Cabrera relic. Not the greatest, but could have been worse.

  22. steven grim
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I open a box and got mickey mantle debut digit #7/10, ken Griffey Jr. gold auto

  23. Matt
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Has anybody received their card and free pack of Bowman Sterling back yet or is Topps taking forever like they do with some of their redemptions?

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