I've been following the adventures of Mike and Jeff on their respective blogs and their continuing difficulty dealing with Upper Deck and their expired resumptions from 2007 UD Masterpieces. A great product and pricey when it was release both guys got fairly cheap cases and busted them open. You can find there blogs here at Sports Syzygy and I am Joe Collector. Both have similar stories with dealing with UD on their expired redemptions. I was following Mike's box breaks pretty regularly. He would post a box by box break with scans and almost every box had a redemption in it. That sucks especially when your case hit and a quarter of your box hits turn up to be nothing but useless cardboard. I think the other main complaint was the lack of consistency with what they were told by different people in the customer service department at UD. So at least two facts. This product is close to 4 years old and the redemptions were in fact expired and UD hasn't had a MLB License for a couple of years, not that that's stopped them from putting out product. So I can understand the difficulty UD might have with coming up with something to replace these hits with.
But my question to the blog community and at bat is this and I would love any lawyers out there to weigh in as well: Should redemptions be counted as "Hits" in a box of cards? If you sell a box of cards and boldly claim that you get, not on average, but you get, 3 or 4 hits per box and state that at least 1 or 2 are autos and you insert redemptions for some of those hits and that now 3 or 4 years down the road someone opens that box and gets those redemptions but they are expired and no good, is it false advertising to claim on the box you get x number of autos or relics? And what is the legality of that? Especially if you are unwilling or unable to compensate for those redemptions down the road and therefore void the validity of the advertised hit count on the box?
I don't think anyone would disagree that redemptions suck. And it's a bummer, some of the redemptions they pulled were for some sweet cards, but I will temper with this, both guys knew or should have known there were lots of possible redemptions in these boxes and that they were expired and that's probably why the cases were so cheap.
I predict that UD will be dead by the end of the year anyways and either completely folding or it will sell off it's name and brands to some other company, but I could be wrong. I didn't think UD would live to see 2011 and they did and are still producing cards. But if your waiting on current redemptions with them good luck.
Alright have at it.