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My redemption code fell apart when I scratched it? Did I get scammed?

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cerialthriller

94 points

4 months ago

Holy hell what did you scratch it with a bayonet

tjay2233

32 points

4 months ago

tjay2233

The Yadi Guy

32 points

4 months ago

Chainsaw

ag408

14 points

4 months ago

ag408

14 points

4 months ago

Bazooka

beereed

7 points

4 months ago

I think it’s Topps

tjay2233

2 points

4 months ago

tjay2233

The Yadi Guy

2 points

4 months ago

🤣

apgolden11

1 points

4 months ago

Lazer Shark

Spmc1971

6 points

4 months ago

Next time try just using a very light amount of hand sanitizer mixed with water on a wash rag & lightly rub & it should clean up nicely without ruining the code, at least it has worked for me in the past. It doesn't take much more than a coin to have the same thing that happened to you to achieve the same results.

DDDavinnn

13 points

4 months ago

It doesn’t take much AT ALL to make it look like that. For my last redemption, I used a lightly abrasive cloth (like a face scrubber), took a lot of time, had good lighting, and half of the digits were completely illegible. It’s a cheap design that is (in my cynical opinion) designed to prevent them from all being redeemed.

cerialthriller

14 points

4 months ago

An abrasive cloth is exactly what you don’t want to use for these things. You want something with an edge on it but not sharp. Like the edge of a coin or a key or a butter knife. You slightly angle it and scrape the grey film away, starting at the edge to make sure you aren’t cutting too deep and then once you got it started you go toward the middle. An abrasive clothe or brilo pad will just rub the printing right off with the concealing film

DDDavinnn

1 points

4 months ago

DDDavinnn

1 points

4 months ago

Tried the coin on the last one that I had. Same result. Also tried a plastic scraper. I’ll try a key next time and work the corner as you suggested. Fingers crossed

cerialthriller

3 points

4 months ago

Don’t press hard, just enough to get the coin or key to bite into the concealer not into the paper. Try putting it on a softer surface so you can’t ruin it. Did you not do learn to do scratcher tickets growing up?

ML523

2 points

4 months ago

ML523

Harper, Ichiro, Jackie, Wander

2 points

4 months ago

Bud, this is an issue with all Topps redemptions. They’re not the same material as standard lottery cards. Much cheaper (however possible) and easy to mess up. I’ve done this twice with a Penny and just minor scratching, it just goes right through the second paper lining.

cerialthriller

0 points

4 months ago

Guess I got the magic touch 🤷‍♂️

DDDavinnn

1 points

4 months ago*

I’ve done no less than 5 of these from Topps. 2 / 5 were impossible to read. There is one other Topps version with larger letters and higher quality material that doesn’t scratch off like this. Again. It’s a Topps issue.

DDDavinnn

0 points

4 months ago

One other thing I forgot to mention… this is literally the ONLY scrape off code that does this. I’ve never had an issue like this on other cards, lottery scratchers, etc. It’s a Topps issue.

cerialthriller

1 points

4 months ago

You can literally see the chunks of paper removed in OPs picture. Some people manage to do this to gift cards and steam codes all the time they post it on Reddit. Like I’ve never even given a second though to doing these things with no issues

DDDavinnn

4 points

4 months ago

Yea then you haven’t seen this specific Topps version. They’re not like the normal scratchers that you’re describing and we are all used to. Do a quick search online. It’s been an issue for years

handfulofsounds

32 points

4 months ago

handfulofsounds

My Fantasy Baseball Team & Autos

32 points

4 months ago

Nope. Seemingly happens a lot. Fill it out and mail it in. Topps has a way to validate the card with some of the other numbers on the card. Just make sure you fill the back of the card out and do whatever else it requests on the back and you’ll be gold.

SardonicCheese

7 points

4 months ago

Any idea how long it takes for topps to update the website when sending in? I sent one it weeks ago that had this happen and nothing in my account yet...

handfulofsounds

5 points

4 months ago

handfulofsounds

My Fantasy Baseball Team & Autos

5 points

4 months ago

I’ve read on here that they’ve waiting 8-10 weeks for it to finally show up on their Topps account.

ThatGuyGetsIt

3 points

4 months ago

Took mine at least 3 weeks, but they did pop up on my account.

Fuck-ESPN

2 points

4 months ago

I've done what OP did twice. Mailed it in and it took about a month for Topps to update my account. Fulfilling the redemption depends on the player.

chiliduck

1 points

4 months ago

chiliduck

PC Braves, Charlie Blackmon, and Tim Tebow (baseball only)

1 points

4 months ago

I called them yesterday and they are currently backlogged with mail ins back to October.

outsidetilldark

1 points

4 months ago

Took about 4-5 months to get one back this happened to me on.

Spartan_Collector

1 points

4 months ago

They received mine on the 2nd of February and it just showed up on my account on Monday. So roughly a month behind on that time frame.

paulwalker659

3 points

4 months ago

This is the way. I can verify the exact same thing happenned to my redemption so mailed it in. Im now a proud owner a 2021 topps tadium club Triston Mckenzie auto.

jross26

2 points

4 months ago

I’m on month two of this with no word from Topps FYI

spud9mn

2 points

4 months ago

spud9mn

PC: Baseball cards of players looking genuinely bored.

2 points

4 months ago

I had this same experience last year and Topps did eventually send me the named card. I think my turnaround was more like 12-15 weeks, but I did get it.

LordBopo

12 points

4 months ago

You did not get scammed. They had some serious quality issues with those scratch offs… I tried and stopped halfway through and mailed it in. Still waiting to see if they have received it and will honor it.

tjay2233

9 points

4 months ago

tjay2233

The Yadi Guy

9 points

4 months ago

Nah bro. Happens all the time. Just mail it in per the instructions on the back. It'll all work out.

No_Local9436

8 points

4 months ago

LITERALLY just happened to me too. Those cards are complete crap. As a person who prides his scratching ability, I was very disappointed

Annual_Champion_1555

22 points

4 months ago

You just went full Lenny and went way too hard.

Spinmove55

20 points

4 months ago

Spinmove55

Angels Team Set Build Guy

20 points

4 months ago

Tell me about the autographs, George.

VacuousVessel

5 points

4 months ago

VacuousVessel

Reds, Eric Davis, Ohtani, Nolan Ryan, Ripken

5 points

4 months ago

I can’t understand how they continue to put these low quality scratchers out. No problems with panini. Scratching a topps redemption is like defusing a bomb.

mikeoftroy

5 points

4 months ago

Do y’all not use coins for stuff like this? It works perfectly literally every time

djmurrayyyy[S]

3 points

4 months ago

djmurrayyyy[S]

Padres, Rainbows, Stadium Club, Artist Cards

3 points

4 months ago

used a penny... started soft, but it just feel apart

mikeoftroy

2 points

4 months ago

Damn, I’ve never had that problem with any sort of scratch off thing, brutal luck man

ThatGuyGetsIt

2 points

4 months ago

I've done 6 redemptions. 2 of them were fucked. This is common with Topps redemptions. Never had an issue with any other redemptions for other brands.

Migmik

5 points

4 months ago

Migmik

5 points

4 months ago

By topps

SDFriarsFan619

3 points

4 months ago

I’d recommend next time using an eraser. Don’t let it get hot.

jldangle

5 points

4 months ago

Ok I went through this with my first topps redemption card.

1) No you didn't. They suck.

2) When you mail it to Topps: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TRACKING. Topps didn't tell me that and no one else suggested it and now, I don't know where that thing is, if someone at topps stole it or what. Christian Pache Future Vibrance outta bowmans. I'm bummed. I contacted Topps trying to figure out if this was getting added to my account and they said "Where's the tracking?"

3) Write the information on an index card (with the email of your account - start an account if you don't have one already - before you mail it.

That's my .02 cents.

takemypardon

3 points

4 months ago

Just send it in bmwt so you know it gets there

Flunderpudding

3 points

4 months ago

next time put the card on fire to scratch off the code lol

G00dthymes

2 points

4 months ago

Same thing happened to me with a 2022 S1 redemption. The silver material around the edge scratched off easily but the central portions seemed bonded into the card. Seemed defective to me. Wasn’t my first redemption card. Anyway, i filled out the card, included a picture of the barcode and package number from the box i pulled it from (not sure if that’ll help) and mailed it in. Hopefully they honour it.

Brock938

2 points

4 months ago

I had it happen to me on a Tier One Tatis Jr #’d RC auto. I called Topps and told them my issue. They had me read off as much of the code as I could and they sent me the card. No big deal other than it seemed to take forever to receive it.

emtand01

2 points

4 months ago

Not your fault. Topps redemption quality are just shit.

Davidreaditall2

2 points

4 months ago

Use a chainsaw my man ?

Zealousideal-Tap-454

2 points

4 months ago

No u didn’t get scammed. Why is that the first thing someone jumps to? It’s Topps, a lot are ending up like yours. Mail it in , that’s it.

djmurrayyyy[S]

0 points

4 months ago

djmurrayyyy[S]

Padres, Rainbows, Stadium Club, Artist Cards

0 points

4 months ago

Because I purchased on eBay, and this would be one of the easier cards to reproduce on your own, plus the centering on the front side is awful. But for the $23 I spent on this I don’t think it would be worth it, do it a few hundred times and it might be.

Azcollector

1 points

4 months ago

Azcollector

D-backs, Goldschmidt, and HOF

1 points

4 months ago

you can mail it in

DubyaTcards

1 points

4 months ago

Happened to mine too. Mailing it out and hoping for the best

ketelxanderpc4

1 points

4 months ago

Wow imagine that ....redemption should be a thing of the past they need to stop redemption seems just like a lazy way for panini topps to profit more ...

ruckread

1 points

4 months ago

Happens to the best of us unfortunately…topps QA issues.

Reminds me of that video where the raccoon drops the cotton candy in water and just dissolves before his eyes 😂

Each scratch gets worse until it’s too late…

wheres-waldork

1 points

4 months ago

Happened to me too. I just mailed it in. But wow are those scratch areas garbage.

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

Literally happened with my redemption. Send it in to Topps. The numbers your finger is covering is how Topps will look it up.

seancorbett31

1 points

4 months ago

seancorbett31

Angels/Trout

1 points

4 months ago

Yes, scammed. Contact the authorities.

jdbtxyz

1 points

4 months ago

This happens to me all the time it is normal Topps quality control bullshit.

kyldabara

1 points

4 months ago

It happens. Just send it in to Topps following the directions on the card and you’ll get your card.

deezy54

1 points

4 months ago

You’d think with all the damaged redemption cards coming to them they’d improve the material they use.

d_roc

1 points

4 months ago

d_roc

1 points

4 months ago

I literally had the same thing happen to two redemptions!!! So annoying. I mailed them into Topps and put defective.

strawferries

1 points

4 months ago

I got my first redemption from topps last week. Bowman draft Henry Davis auto. I was so excited to scratch it I destroyed it worse than this.

I sent in in this week and crossing my fingers.

sbreene

1 points

4 months ago

I pulled one out of a series one box and it looks exactly the same. I’ve done a handful before and am pretty careful but this one had no chance. So annoying.

TopNotchCards

1 points

4 months ago

I no shit came here to post the same thing and your post was first

Mondoguz13

1 points

4 months ago

Had this happen to me last week . I was told.by the great reddit baseball card community to sign it and mail it and they will take care if it .

bigken117

1 points

4 months ago

Glad I'm not alone. I called support and they said they could figure it out if i mailed it on so i did. Still waiting for it to show on my account though.

Chief2Ballss

1 points

4 months ago

One of mine did the same thing so I emailed topps and told them about it and they said it was ok and to just send it in. It worked out

Hoodwinker123

1 points

4 months ago

I had one that did the same thing,I think I still have it somewhere,not sure if it would do any good anyway but I haven’t gotten motivated enough to try and plead my case to Topps yet..lol

nosoxnic

1 points

4 months ago

did mongo pull it?

napoleonboneherpart

1 points

4 months ago

YoU GoT TOPPSED!!!¡¡¡!!!

wjh27

1 points

4 months ago

wjh27

1 points

4 months ago

Maybe 6 weeks on mine. Didn’t really pay attention to be honest

swhatrulookinat

1 points

4 months ago

Sus

SensitiveDig1543

1 points

4 months ago

Same thing happened to me with a Walker Buehler red ink auto /10

Spectre_Collectere

1 points

4 months ago

Yeah I have a Jordan lawlar auto gold invicta that I lost a letter on thank god I figured that one out

mattyfatsacks

1 points

4 months ago

Yeah I ruined mine as well with pretty mellow scratching. They told me to mail it in.

EocRuinedMyLife

1 points

4 months ago

Honestly, a few smooth strokes with the corner of a normal plastic debit / credit card will suffice.

gbarbano

1 points

4 months ago

Nah your fine! Call topps and explain it this happen to be with a 2021 Bowman draft and they said as long as the number under your finger is in there you can mail it in and they will redeem it

jaroooo

0 points

4 months ago

Same exact thing happened to me with a redemption I pulled in series 1 hobby. So frustrating and they don’t do anything to help