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Ryu is first redemption card for 2013 Bowman baseball
Posted May 3, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated May 3, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Redeeming quality? Topps believes its Lucky Redemption program warranted a return, so there will be five redemption cards for collectors to find when 2013 Bowman baseball hits the shelves on Wednesday.
I am not a big fan of redemption cards, because I like to get the actual card when opening a pack. It’s particularly galling when a hobby box promises a certain number of relics or signature cards, and you pull a redemption card. I understand the reasons for redemption cards, but it’s still disappointing.
However, the redemption cards in the 2013 Bowman baseball remind me of inserts (even when they are autographs), so while nice to have, there isn’t that down feeling when pulling such a card. On the contrary, it’s kind of special.
Topps announced Friday that the redemption cards would feature the newest young players in the majors. Redemption No. 1 will be an autograph rookie card of Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. The company said in a news release that redemptions No. 2-5 will be announced in the near future. I figure that the announcements will come every week or so, so keep watching. More names are sure to follow.