30 November 2017

Seeking Redemption 21: Steven Matz 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic

A couple of months ago, I posted about some group breaks of 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic that I participated in. One of my hits was a redemption card for a Steven Matz Red parallel autograph. I entered the code into the Topps website, and within a few weeks I saw that it had shipped.

Here is the card, locked into the magnetic case with a Clearly Authentic-branded sticker. The Red parallels had a print run of 50 cards made, and I think mine is # 10 / 50. I am not 100% sure, since I didn't make a note of it when I scanned the card, and the scan pictured above isn't all that clear. This card probably isn't worth what I paid for the group break spot, but it's better than getting nothing at all. Matz had a tough 2017, starting and ending the season on the disabled list, with mismanagement and poor performances in between. The Mets appear to be a total circus. I wonder if that will change for 2018?

Lately, Topps has been including bonus cards with redemption shipments to increase goodwill among collectors who have to wait on their redeemed cards to arrive. It's a pretty cool move on that part of the company, and I enjoy seeing what they surprise me with. This time I got a Matt Wieters relic card from 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1. It might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it's a nice enough card and it was free. I was actually a little surprised to see that Wieters is a four-time All-Star. I thought he'd been a little more star-crossed than that. I was also a little surprised to see that he's 31 years old. I thought he was younger. He didn't have a great year for Washington in 2017, but maybe he'll bounce back.

This redemption didn't take too long to be fulfilled, and it's cool to get a bonus card out of it. I now have only one outstanding redemption, a basketball card from Panini. It's been out there for a couple of years now, but they've never sent it and haven't responded to me when I've asked for a status or replacement. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong trees.


  1. I like clear cards for some reason even though they aren’t on the traditional stock from the 1980s. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I like them, too. They just seem a little cooler than regular cardboard cards. You can see through them!