So, I got one of the redemptions I've been waiting for since 2017.
The redemption was for a 2016-17 Kenneth Faried, patch auto, from Panini Noir. Panini Noir is a VERY high end product. As of today, that card might sell for $5-10 (hard to tell, as it appears they never actually made any). But had I received the card and sold it when the product was released, it was probably going to fetch $25-50.
Instead of giving me that card, they sent me a 2012-13 rookie auto from Totally Certified (a much cheaper product) for Tobias Harris. Now, Harris is obviously a better player, but the card I got is worth roughly $5-10.
That's the bullshit I'm talking about. These redemptions should be based on the value of the card when the product was released (you know, when you fucking bought the product, or submitted the redemption), not whatever it might be today.
Last week, they replaced my 2016-17 Panini Noir Spotlight Signatures auto, /125, IT4 (Isaiah Thomas, Celtics) with a fucking non-numbered 2014 Gold Standard patch auto of Nerlens Noel. Spotlight signatures is one of the grails from Panini Noir. Even today, the same card for IT4 in a Lakers uniform goes for $44, would have gone for north of $100 when I redeemed mine. The Curry one from that year, to /125, just sold for $6,000, and I get a Nerlens fucking Noel that nobody wants.
They also replaced my other IT4 from Panini Noir, autographed, prime color patch, numbered to /40 with a 2012-13 Panini Marquee auto of Paul Westphal numbered to /299, oh and all of these replacement cards have sticker autos. Panini Noir doesn't have sticker autos.
It's funny, they've replaced about 5 cards in recent weeks, but none of them are the high end cards (cards that have still retained value, like Jaylen Brown RPAs, DeMarre Carroll Logoman, etc.). Guessing I won't see those for years until their values come down.
There is another one on the way right now. A 2017-18 Justin Patton RPA from Panini Noir. You have no idea if you are getting the card, or a replacement until they show up. I'll keep you guys updated. That card now is worth $5-10. Had I sold it when I submitted the redemption, it was $50-100. I'll bet even money I either get the Patton, or a replacement worth $5.