As most of you all know, I collect Albert Belle exclusively and really don't mess around too much with new wax or other cards but sometimes I will open some new stuff for fun, etc.
Belle was reintroduced to the hobby back in 2011 after being out of the hobby since 2001. This got me back engaged in the new age hobby and cards of his I wanted to chase, etc. Well, this also introduced me to the vicious redemption game that Topps has and I think I have met the fate of many others on this board.
Specifically, I have two "open" redemption's from 2014 Topps Museum Collection. I paid for the actual redemption cards which were for relic/auto's of Belle to be redeemed. I need to pull the $ amount but didn't pay an arm/leg for them but still.
Well, it has been four years and counting and nothing from Topps. I called Topps to inquire about the redemption's and they pretty much told me 0% chance they ever make that card and it is in my best interest to request a sub. Here is my ax to grind...
1. I asked about other Belle cards they have and they just have crappy regular autos of his which are no where near what the cards are that I have been waiting four years for
2. They don't care what I paid for the redemption's or what I think the cards I am waiting for go for, they just tell me some BS price value and I have to pick some sort of card to replace the redemption's
3. I ONLY collect Albert Belle, so I am pretty well screwed when they asked to pick another player and they can see what they have for that player
What do you all think I should do? Do you really think there is a 0% chance because I will just keep waiting if there is a chance they will be made. Not sure what others experience here, I obviously do not deal in new wax and this sort of thing I am not really up to speed on.
Any tricks I can play with Topps or do I have any leverage?
This entire thing sucks but just looking for any advice or guidance anyone on the board has since I am sure this is just normal course of business in the hobby but something I (a '90s player collector) doesn't normally deal with and am somewhat confused for what I should do.