The Toronto Spring Expo came and went last weekend with little fanfare in my household. It was one year ago that I made the trek out to T.O. to take in the show (along with a friend's wedding) and it's something I look forward to doing again one day.
One of the highlights of the show has been the redemption card programs put on by various companies. Incentive to purchase and rip product at the shows. I've taken part in it a couple times and it can really add value to your overall purchases.
This year I was anticipating a few new redemption cards to chase with the recent releases of ITG Game Used and Lord Stanley's Mug. Sure enough, some have already popped up on ebay.
But there were a couple cards that hit the open market yesterday that had me shaking my head.
But the cards were made available to those only in attendance of a VIP event put on by In The Game. Fair enough. I knew my chances of ever hitting one of those in a box were few and far between....with far between being a long ways.
What I found interesting is that the two shield cards are in the possession of the same individual. What are the odds of the same guy hitting both beauties?
To make matters worse (for me) is that his asking prices on the items are way.....WAY above what I would be willing to pay (or any of the other Linden collectors I know). I'm talking three to four times as much. The unrealistic price tag just pours salt in the wound.
The same seller has had a number of show redemption 1/1 Linden cards up on ebay for over a year at massively inflated prices. Sitting in my watched items list, knowing that it'll be a cold day in.......well, you know.
So I thought I'd show off these cards here and now since it will be the one and only time that they will hit any sort of collectors eye. I believe they will sit for eternity with the BINs as is. In the hands of not a collector, but a seller. And a VIP I guess.
But hey, what a guy wants to do with a card once he gets it is up to him. It's a shame that two of the best Linden cards to "hit the market" in a long time have essentially been put on permanent display (and they had to be fuzzy scans too.......dang).
And people wonder why I have become a little de-motivated towards the hobby.