Angry: 2019 Contenders Draft Picks blaster…a points rant

 

I was originally going to have this be a few sentence ‘Random Review’ like past ones but this took a life of it’s own. Instead, you are getting a rare ‘Angry’ post. I am so Angry that you aren’t getting a picture of the box because I destroyed it.

Readers of this site know that I love Contenders Draft Picks football. In 2017, I put together all the non auto sets. I also have a healthy chunk of the autographs down as well. This year, I really liked the design of the product. I wanted 2 of those autographs in my collection like the box promised. I would have much rather pulled a redemption than points.
This leads me to the following: I like pulling autographs of random people. That is a selling point for me. This is a time where a lot of hits sell for cheaper than boxes, and even packs. If I wanted an autograph of a certain player, I would have bought it. I am not pissed that I missed on a Daniel Jones card, okay I am mad about not pulling him because I like him, but I am not mad that I missed on Joey Bosa or Dwayne Haskins; I am mad that I was robbed of a player to cheer for. Even if I did pull a Bosa or Haskins, I would now have a reason to cheer for them. Fact is, the average collector is like me and doesn’t flip cards anyway. I would much rather get a redemption for a random player, and not just because I don’t want to pay the shipping cost that you have with points. Heck in most of my cases, the shipping cost more than what I paid for the points.
Also let’s focus on the production run. Contenders has a ton of autographs in it’s checklist. I get that athletes don’t always send in their autographs in time for production. However I have pulled redemption cards specific to a player in Contenders before. So what does it say that Panini puts in points? My takeaway from this is that maybe they are making too many of these.

Now normally, I really like points. I used to love it when collectors rejected points because a bottom feeder like me can pounce on them for cheap. I have grabbed some cool stuff from the program. I grabbed a Walker Buehler autograph on there for 150 points before he became huge. I also finished off random cards for my Prestige college. However now that so many people have been exposed to points, I am finding the benefits to them few and far between. Those examples are 2 to 3 years old. I feel that points have run their course. I feel that Panini needs to do something to freshen up the market for little guys like me who don’t have tons of points laying around for the bigger offerings. They definitely need to get rid of the shipping cost because in most cases the shipping costs more than the card is worth and I hate the concept of paying twice for something.

Let me end this with rant about the offerings on points:
I don’t like the Kaboom or White Sparkle packs either. First they are too expensive for my taste. Second, I feel like they ruin something special. What used to be case hits is now dumbed down to a pack. Just because people are paying as if they are case hits, doesn’t mean they are. Who know’s how many Panini produces because they don’t release the production numbers. To me, those feel like the most blatant money grab possible. Sorry for my poor grammar in this paragraph, that is what happens when I get angry.

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Angry: The PWE debate continued & should redemptions be toploaded

This post has been triggered by my tantrum Twitter last night which led to some great conversations with the community. Recently I have buying up Panini Points in hopes of being prepared should Panini add a card that I need for my Prestige collection in its rewards catalog. I have bought 3 or 4 of them and paid for shipping for all but one that came in a plain white envelope. Now for the record, if I pay anything under $2, I have no problem getting my card in a PWE as long as it is toploaded. Recently one of those cards came in a PWE without a toploader for a card where shipping was $2.89. This leads me to two questions: the neverending PWE debate and should redemptions:

I have been burned so many times by people who charge me for shipping and ship in a PWE that I have included a message in the top of my Ebay profile:

“AngryCardCollector.com I don t run a card shop. Anything I sell is to get money so I can buy more cards. If I buy a card from you where you charge me more than $2 in shipping and don t ship in a bubble mailer, I will ask for a refund on shipping.”

http://www.ebay.com/usr/pandanwh. I am actually going to change it soon because this week I realized that I could say it clearer grammatically. I just haven’t changed it because I don’t want the seller that I am dealing with to call me out on it. I am also going to include that I will leave negative feedback if not refunded because that has been my modus-operandi: whenever I get a PWE and confirm that I was charged over $2 shipping I ask for a refund and leave negative feedback if the seller gets angry at me or refuses to do it. I know more than anyone that being a seller is hard enough but I do live by a few rules and this PWE issue is one of them. I also always ask for $2 back so the seller so can at least keep his stamp money; although in my mind a seller who sends a card in a PWE deserves to lose all of it.

For those that don’t know: shipping in a bubble mailer under five ounces within the US is $2.67. Now I have no problem if I am charged anything under $4 to account for the cost of a bubble mailer. Also while Ebay gives a discount on shipping, they negate that by taking a higher percentage of a seller’s shipping cost; probably because too many people get greedy and try to make money off shipping.

Before moving on to the redemption question, I am going to bring up a tangent. I will leave the seller that I am currently having an issue with negative feedback unless he refunds me in the time frame that I gave him for one very reason: he says that I didn’t ask nicely so he is refusing. So I must ask what is a nice way to say:  “Hey, I don’t like that you screwed me on shipping. Refund me before midnight on this day or I will negative feedback.” Obviously I say it a tad nicer but you get the gist of it. As far as I am concerned, you can write this out in the nicest way possible, if that is even a scenario, and the seller will still call you out because he sees right through it. So as far as I am concerned saying that you won’t refund anyone for that reason, regardless of the issue, is a way of showing that you are the dick and not the person who you are accusing. Although, for the record: I do not deny being a dick in some of my messages with sellers. In a few cases, it takes the seller two messages to respond, so I am forced to get harsh.

Now moving on to redemptions. As far as I am concerned, any card being shipped in a PWE deserves a PWE; there are no exceptions. This included redemptions. Also redemptions deserve their own bubble mailer if you charge over $2 shipping. This is actually a perk for me as I reuse bubble mailers because I unfortunately live in a world where $2 matters to me – call me cheap but I am not denying that and that is the reality of someone living on a tight budget.

Panini points are a joke. I am not denying that, even though I have picked up cards that are valuable to me via the program. The points are at the bottom of the redemption ladder. Now just because points are the cheapest of the redemptions, doesn’t mean that they deserve any less than other redemptions. Taking away the Trout’s of the world, let’s use another example: take a redemption for a player like Justin Bohr, David West, or any late round NFL draft prospect. Their cards have always come to me in a bubble mailer. I would love to hear if they haven’t for you.

I have been collecting hardcore since 2003, and have bought several redemption cards. When shipped to me, they have always come in a bubble mailer when I paid for one. Truthfully I have never thought about redemptions deserving less when shipped. As far as I am concerned they are no different to me than base cards or inserts that are worthy of being sold individually. Some people have taken me to task for demanding my points be at least toploaded. Here is my rationale for this: while I throw the card away after I use the code, what if I was going to flip it? I would want it in the best condition possible. Card condition reflects on me regardless if it is a base or Ted Williams autograph.

I would love to hear people’s opinions on this. Also feel free to call me out if you think that I am wrong on any of this. My mind wants to be changed because I know that will make me easier to deal with when this inevitably happens again. This is a never ending debate in the card community so don’t be afraid to share. I also re-Tweet thoughtful responses on Twitter to this.

Random Review: 2014 Panini Certified

Just when I thought I had run out of birthday cards, my brother gave me $50. Naturally I took it and a few days later, I headed to Valley Sports Cards. This time I grabbed a 2014 Panini Certified football hobby box. I tend to shy away from football hobby boxes but this rookie class has done me good, remember that Beckham I pulled? I had a hunger for a Blake Bortles, Kelvin Benjamin,  Mike Evans, or pro bowl lineman Zack Martin. I didn’t any of those players, not even a base rookie with the 50 cards in the box. What I got instead was well…

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I opened the box and immediately this comes out:
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Basically it says we are probably going to screw you out of the card in the box that you were looking for. I was hoping against hope that this wouldn’t be the case, but this note was a dead giveaway.
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So now, I have to pay shipping on a birthday gift. If I wanted to do that, I would’ve put this money in the bank and bought a box online. I wanted instant gratification.

Bad news aside, I did like the rest of the cards in the box.
20151127_193116Even though I didn’t get flashy players for the numbered cards, I did like how they fell to almost one a pack. I even got one a numbered card in a pack with one of my hits. The cards ranged from 249 to 999.

20151127_193043The autograph that I did get is a current Panther. He isn’t playing right now the team gave up a draft pick for him so they will inevitably give him a chance to stick. The Bronco swatch is Julius Thomas.

I can’t get past the fact that I got points instead of a hit. I have never had rewards points so I hope the shipping isn’t too bad. I am very disappointed in this box.