Today is question day:
Do you ever wonder if a company issued a redemption but never made the card?
I’ve wondered if this was a possibility with how often redemptions go unfulfilled. There is a Ryan Bader card, 2012 Topps UFC Finest Fight Sponsor Auto, that has left me almost certain that the card has never been made. The card is a manufactured relic with a Tapout logo that the fighters were to sign. It is a 10-card checklist, but I have only seen 4 different fighters show up over the past 6 years. I’ve seen the redemption cards, but not the live signed cards.
Ryan Bader has been a regular signer for Topps and has signed stickers, on-card and on mat autographs. He left for Bellator in 2017 so Topps removed him from the 2017 Topps UFC Knockout release, but he even signed and returned those cards and Topps packed them out as an unannounced addition. I find it hard to believe Ryan Bader never signed the Fight Sponsor cards. And if there was an issue, Topps has never been shy about tossing a sticker autograph on a manufactured relic before no matter how crappy it looks. I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think the entire Fight Sponsor checklist was made.