Collectors who’ve been waiting for 2020 Bowman baseball may have to wait a few more days.
Already delayed by over a month because of a COVID-related shutdown at the Pennsylvania facility that prints Topps’ trading cards, Bowman was scheduled to arrive this Friday. However, Topps has now told dealers not to expect it to arrive by then because of further production delays.
We’re hearing distributors will receive only a portion of their order this week with the full allocation not expected for two to three weeks. No word yet on whether direct accounts will be receiving their full orders from Topps this week.
Topps did release a checklist for the product on Tuesday morning.
Last month, Topps pushed out a “1st Edition” Bowman product via its on-demand platform since those cards are printed elsewhere. Some were allocated to hobby shops.
Also delayed: Goldin Auctions. The company’s Spring Auction fell victim to a website crash in the final hours of bidding Saturday. The event, was extended until Sunday evening, but more problems left potential buyers unable to place bids and the auction has remained paused until the technology issues can be resolved.
Fourteen lots had high bids of over $100,000 when the auction was frozen.
Goldin plans to restart the auction later this week but it will open in extended bidding. In other words, if you haven’t already bid in the auction, which opened over a month ago, you won’t be able to participate.
“This ‘pause’, and fix is the only way to keep the integrity of the auction,” stated company founder Ken Goldin in an email to consignors and bidders. He says the company that provides his auction software wasn’t able to keep the site online because of heavy traffic, despite assurances prior to the final weekend of bidding. “My commitment to you is that this server failure will never happen again in a future auction as we will we be migrating to a different cloud server system. You cannot imagine how frustrating it is to spend 9 years building a business to a level where our auction is scrolling on the bottom of ESPN during the pre NFL draft show, and then my provider cannot handle the traffic my publicity brings to the site.”
He stated the company would provide free shipping to all winning bidders once the auction is over.
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