Cat Osterman is no stranger to The Hobby. Having already been featured prominently in 2008 Donruss brands, fans of the Olympic medalist were thrilled to find out she had an on-card autograph in 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter.
For whatever reason, the extremely generous in-person and through the mail signer has yet to put her John Hancock on those Allen & Ginter cards and now Topps is sending out forced replacements to those who redeemed Osterman’s card.
As you can see, members of both Blowout Cards and Freedom Card Board are not taking it well. It doesn’t just end in the forums, either. Jay, a Cat Osterman collector and fellow blogger posted a long rant against Topps’ cancellation of the Cat autograph.
Perhaps the most interesting case to come out of “Osterman-gate” is Marvin, a collector who recently began collecting again after a fifteen year break. In 2009 alone he has spent thousands on Topps products and is one of those collectors being forced an unwanted replacement.
Along with a sternly-worded letter (any A.D. fans?), Marvin is shipping out a box from Texas all the way to Topps Headquarters in New York. Inside that box is every single Topps product Marvin has purchased in 2009. He’s giving up collecting for good this time.
It may sound a little nutty but it goes to show you just how damaging redemption failures can be. Having already dealt with two Topps redemption issues myself, I know how utterly frustrating it can be to spend hundreds of dollars only to not receive what was promised.
If you’re looking for Cat Osterman relics and autographs you have two options. Go with 2008 Donruss releases which feature sticker autographs or pick up an Allen & Ginter base card and have Cat sign it through the mail. It’s not exactly what collectors wanted but it will have to do for now.
Cat Osterman, a true hobby heartbreaker …