In any given product release, the manufacturer holds back up to 2% of the print run for replacements due to collation errors or quality control problems. That 2% has to consist of both hits, unopened product and base, with some higher dollar cards to make sure that any damaged big hits can be replaced with equal value. I get that some people may be pissed with this practice, but I can see why it is a complete necessity. However, there is no reason why one of those hits from the QC 2% should have been the BIGGEST FUCKING HIT IN THE ENTIRE PRODUCT.
On blowout, one of the collectors was displaying their haul from a recent run of Panini replacements due to elongated waits on redemptions, only to show something that made a lot of people angry. In his replacements for his unfufilled redemptions was the biggest card available in 2010 Certified Football. The Sam Bradford Mirror Black Quad NFL Logo Autograph was there, as plain as day, obviously one of the cards that Panini held back for the reason displayed above. Based on the fact that the biggest available autograph patch card in the whole print run was not available for a collector to obtain in packs, many of the commenters including myself, think something needs to be said by the company. Its one thing if a low numbered autograph or two has to be held back for safety, but to hold back this card is like taking away the main advertised content that EVERYONE is looking for without telling the customers. Its a terrible PR bomb for Panini, and the backlash is definitely going to be huge.
It may have been a mistake, but that doesnt matter in this case. It has to do with the fact that you cant make it up to the people who were already busted pack after pack, box after box. I think something needs to be done, but Im not sure if Panini has the balls to even admit they made a mistake. Companies usually have a “bury our heads in the sand and hope it blows over” approach, but I dont think that will fly in this case.
I absolutely hated a good portion of this product in general, as the foil and design were terrible in my eyes. However, that doesnt excuse the fact that Panini seems to have pulled one over on everyone. Since we have not received confirmation from the owner that this was IN FACT a replacement, and not a pack pulled card, I am leaving it in the hands of Panini to clear the air. Yet, if we do get more confirmation, they are going to have some ‘splaining to do.
Here is the picture from the thread, all of these were replacements including the Rose 1/1 logo: