It appears that one of the nicest-looking football products in a long time has officially bombed thanks to a boatload of missing autographs featured in the official sell sheet months back. Below is a list of some of the autographs that did not make the cut for release and the ones that actually did.
Steve Young, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Deion Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Mark Twain (cut), William Rockefeller (cut), Joe Paterno, William Shatner, and Mike Rowe.
Let me just start off by admitting that at one point in my life I was an avid Hip-Hop junkie. Even when I loved Hip-Hop, I considered Funkmaster Flex to be the most God-awful annoying D.J in the business.
First, imagine a perfect rap song… as an example, I give you ‘Last Dayz’ by Onyx. Now imagine an obnoxious troll with a teenage girl’s voice constantly screaming over the track. That is Funkmaster Flex’s job.
What worries me about this situation is that it might change the way Topps distributes information on new products. I know of at least one Wax Heaven reader who bought an entire case of this product while another who was dying for the Joe Paterno certified signature (link).
An apology goes out to anyone who decided to purchase Mayo after reading the Wax Heaven preview. From now on I will be more careful with reporting on future products and will include a disclaimer about the possibility of checklists changing before the release date.
At a time when all hell has broken loose in the Hobby, it’s not a time to deceive people and/or fail to deliver what was advertised. I hope that Topps releases a statement soon to at least ease those collectors who are not just upset but infuriated with this collecting “switch & bait”.