2012 Topps Gold Rush Signed Baseballs – Truly A Game “Changer”

As most know, I love to read the boards of various internet sports card communities and check up on hot prospects (which I know nothing about) and little bits of sports card news that should be spread like wildfire. Well this is another one.

If you don’t remember the information about the Topps Gold Rush that headed to hobby shops last year, you missed out on a pretty cool promotion from Topps. It got people out the hobby shops and helped drive sales to shops and to new Topps products. One of the coolest features were several “Golden Tickets” that were put into these promo boxes which entitled the winners to a “gold infused” baseball signed by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr. How awesome is that?

As you can see on that link to a thread on Freedom Cardboard, those shops and people ended up getting royally screwed. Allegedly, Topps now claims they are unable to fulfill the winning ticket prizes for those items and have in return sent them cases of 2012 Topps Archives. Admittedly, Archives is a fun product to bust. But a case of Archives over a specially signed ball from three of the greatest home run hitters of all time? One of their cheapest products of the year?

My God, Topps. At least send them autographs of the individuals who were supposed to be on the ball. Maybe make a special print run of cards where they can sign the special cards for those people. Or maybe give them a chance at pulling an autograph from those guys…send them a case of Tribute or something worth something. I especially feel bad for those that bought those “golden tickets” on eBay expecting a great piece of memorabilia and instead got Archives.

Thanks Topps! I know your customer service had been crappy as of late, but that doesn’t help your cause. Step up, be the big man, and do something good for your hobby shops and customers who were affected.

Update: I like to think that the pressure from collectors made a difference here. It looks like things are starting to move forward!

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9 Responses to 2012 Topps Gold Rush Signed Baseballs – Truly A Game “Changer”

  1. Kevin says:

    In that thread someone posted links to 2 responses from Topps via twitter. Sounds like perhaps a few collectors have blown things out of proportion.

  2. Yeah, I’m looking into those now. Single tweets should not be a replacement for a solid statement. The tweets are pretty much the “I don’t know what’s going on?” response and then they say a couple people have struck “deals” for something better. Why not give the same deal to everyone? It’s ridiculous that this was a HUGE promo and they couldn’t get it done. I know Mays is fickle and difficult to get to sign things but replacing it with what amounts to garbage in comparison sucks for those that wanted that ball that was advertised.

  3. Kevin says:

    I rarely trust message boards

  4. Last year our store, Northwest Sportscards in Tacoma, WA, was lucky enough to receive one of the coveted Golden Tickets. We decided to give it away to one of our local customers via a special drawing that we promoted over the course of 4 months. This generated huge amounts of PR. Now, I am hearing Topps may not be honoring the deal. If this is not true, Topps needs to come out with an official statement explaining why the balls have not yet been sent. Topp’s failure to do so not only hurts their integrity but mine as well. My staff and I worked way too long and hard on this promotion for it to end like this. Might be time to start a list of everyone involved in this. There is power in numbers!

    • Absolutely there needs to be an official statement made. The only thing I have seen has been small Twitter posts here and there with no official statement. As Al stated, I’m guessing he’s that customer, the value of these balls is through the roof and a case of a lower end product is definitely not enough. By the way, fantastic promotion to give that away. I live in Portland and heard about it. Wish I could of made it up there to have gotten a chance!

  5. Al Warber says:

    I am one of the winners of the baseballs and I am fuming mad right now.
    If they (Topps) thinks they can buy me off with a case of cheap cards, they’re sadly mistaken.
    I am contacting a lawyer and hopefully all the others that have the Gold Tickets will do the same.
    One of those tickets sold for $5000 on eBay, several others for around $2000.

    • I would contact Topps prior to anything else to find out what they are now “officially” saying. Their remarks on Twitter keep changing from people getting deals to send the cases of Archives to, once word got out, that Mays is having a hard time signing the balls. I wish you good luck. Please keep me updated.

  6. Brad says:

    I know this is a old new article, but it seems to have slowed down on this ball. As I was lucky (or not so lucky) to get one of these’s. I mailed it into topps in Jan of 2012 and have not heard one peep on this redemption.

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