11 June 2016

Seeking Redemption 18: Quick Turnaround

I posted just about a month ago that I had received a couple of Topps redemption cards from group breaks. Very shortly after I posted that I saw that both had gone live on Topps' weekly(ish) redemption report. A while after that both cards I was waiting on shipped out. That leaves me with only two outstanding redemptions, with one from Topps and one from Panini. The Topps card is a Frank Robinson # / 10 framed autograph from 2013 Topps Archives Baseball, and the Panini card is a Rookie Signatures autograph of Kawhi Leonard from 2012-13 Panini. I tried to get the Frank Robinson autograph substituted a couple of months ago, but I was told it was produced and would ship out 'soon.' The Leonard autograph was announced by Panini as being live a couple of weeks ago, but so far it hasn't shipped out.

The first card in the package from Topps was this Donald Cerrone base autograph from 2016 Topps UFC Knockout. When I saw that it was numbered # 42 / 49 I thought maybe they'd sent me a parallel or something, but the checklist just says that base autographs are numbered to # / 249 or less. It was a nice surprise to have the print run on this one be so low. In this picture Cerrone looks a lot like a guy in my National Guard unit. It makes me laugh a little because the guy I know always seems a little dazed, like he's been hit in the head a couple times too many.

This is the card I was really looking forward to receiving. It's a Dual Autographed Fight Mat Relic of Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, also from 2016 Topps UFC Knockout. In the past these cards have been one-sided, with both fighters appearing on the same side of the card, but this year's cards stretch out a bit and give each fighter a whole side to themselves. This copy is numbered # 07 / 10. I should probably put it up on eBay, but I don't know yet if I'll be able to bring myself to do it. I'm kind of a Faber fan, although Cruz whupped his butt for five rounds last weekend in their third (and probably final) fight against each other last weekend. This is a pretty cool card. My only issues with it are that Cruz didn't manage to stay on the sticker with his autograph and there is a ding in the corner closest to Faber's head. Outside of that this is an awesome card and easily the best UFC card in my collection to date.