To whom it may concern:
I've been a collector of Topps baseball products for 31 years, but I am happy to say that I will no longer be buying any Topps products.
I've spent over $400 trying to complete my 2007 Topps set, and it is still not complete. In fact I finally gave up and went out and purchased the factory sets for Series 1 & 2 and the Update/Highlights set at a cost of another $100 total.
2008 Topps Series 1 didn't fare much better. Roughly $200 spent to get a complete set.
It is frustrating beyond belief to try and build a set when every pack has an insert card inside, especially some such nonsense as 37 Kenji Jojima inserts.
Today is the final straw. I purchased 6 packs of the 2008 Topps Heritage. I got two SP cards in those packs. They are enclosed with this letter. Every card in the packs is perfectly cut and centered except these two. It seems more than a coincidence that the two SP cards would be of this poor production.
In fact I am quite convinced that Topps has resorted to poor production, poor quailty control, poor collation, and the inclusion of over 600 insert cards in some sets purely as a mean to sell product, no longer caring that their long time set building customers can no longer build nice conditioned sets within a reasonable cost.
I am sure my letter will fall on deaf ears, but I feel better for having written it. It saddens me that the company who should be at the forefront of producing quality cards at reasonable prices has resorted to such disgusting tactics in an effort to increase sales.
I don't wish for you to replace my cards. Feel free to keep them and give them to someone else. But do know that I will no longer spend money on your products.
So there. I decided I am no longer buying any Topps products if they are purposefully going to screw their loyal customers just so they can sell more cards.
But as fate would have, I had to return to Target tonight to pick up some groceries. Of course they put the cards right next to the open register. And I did get two Tigers cards Saturday.
In a moment of weakness I picked up three packs of Heritage. This card was in the first pack. I knew without even looking it up.
Yep, you guessed it. Short print.
So now this really is it. I am offically no longer buying any Topps products. At least none in packs from Target.