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    I don't want to become a Negative Nancy, Ranting Ralph, or Fussy Fuji... but sometimes it's better to let it all out and move on with your life, than to hold it in and let it eat you up. With that being said... last Sunday's flea market experience is in the past and I'm ready to move forward.

    But as we wrap up 2015, I have one more issue to address. This time in regards to my favorite baseball card company: Topps.

    It has to do with this 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardomrelic of a ticket for Ronald Reagan'spresidential inauguration in 1981:



    Now for those who don't know... I have a small Reagan PC and when my friend showed this to me, I was immediately interested in adding this card to it.



    He offered it to me for $20, which I felt was fair since it claimed to be a one of a kind collectible. After the purchase, I decided to see if any similar cards had closed on eBay to make sure I was paying a fair price. Here's what I discovered:



    Can anyone spot the problem? Yeah... Toppsdropped the ball and mislabeled all of these as 1/1's. Thankfully my buddy isn't in the business of ripping off his friends... and gave me a full refund.

    But how many of these have exchanged hands over the past six years with the buyers thinking they were owning a one of a kind collectible? Sure these recently closed auction prices aren't going to ruin anyone financially, but you gotta wonder if anyone spent over $14.19 back in 2009.

    C'mon Topps! I've been loyal to your company for over three decades. You can't be making these rookie mistakes.

    First you give us vague descriptions on your game used memorabilia card COA's... and now you're giving collectors who pull this particular card the idea that they're holding onto a rare 1/1 card. Not cool bro. Not cool.

    Well... that's it for today. I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays. Happy Thursday and sayonara!

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    Collecting autographs, game-used cards, & certain inserts/parallels of the following players/teams: Tony Gwynn/Padres, Kurt Suzuki/A's, Greg Maddux, Brett Favre/Packers, Steve Largent/Seahawks, Kobe Bryant/Lakers, & Devin Setoguchi/Sharks.

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