Some of the relic cards in 2009 Topps Tribute aren't marked. Confused collectors spoke out and now Topps is offering to replace them with unopened packs.
Five of the more interesting relic cards inside the high-end 2009 Topps Tribute product contained what appeared to be stadium seat pieces. But where they came from...or even what they were...wasn't clear.
Beyond a vague reference, there was no indication on the cards themselves. Numerous collectors who pulled them from packs began asking questions, which led to this response from Topps:
Topps has confirmed that the following five memorabilia cards in the recently released 2009 Tribute Baseball include pieces of stadium seat:
Babe Ruth Dual Relic Bat / Old Yankee Stadium Seat
Babe Ruth Triple Relic Old Yankee Stadium Seat / Uniform / Old Yankees Stadium Seat
Ty Cobb Dual Relic Bat / Tiger Stadium Seat
Jackie Robinson Triple Relic Ebbets Field Seat / Bat / Ebbets Field Seat
Mickey Mantle Triple Relic Old Yankee Stadium Seat / Uniform / Old Yankees Stadium Seat
Topps will replace any of the above cards with a pack of 2009 Topps Tribute Baseball or comparable product for collectors that are not satisfied with their card(s).
In addition, every card in 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball features game-used bat and game-used uniform except for one subject—Carl Erskine, which features Erskine’s autograph with stadium seat. Topps will replace this card with a pack of 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball for collectors not satisfied with their card.
Moving forward, to ensure no confusion, stadium seat pieces will not be used as memorabilia pieces unless it’s part of a special stadium seat specific insert.
Please send all items intended for replacement to the address listed below. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
The Topps Company
ATTN: Seat Relic Replacement
401 York Avenue
Duryea, PA 18642
Collectors, it seems, will have to decide whether to trade a potentially nice, but rather vague memorabilia card featuring some connection to a baseball legend for the unknown quantity inside the offered unopened pack.