To all the people who wrote you have to know how to protect the card, that is absolute BS. This card would have faded no matter what. Just like UD knew the cards in 2007 were using a terrible leather and also terrible pens. Topps knew the odds of faded cards if inferieor pens were used. That’s why they only use Staedler pens now for autographing purposes.
Here is the bottom line for Topps, they should (along with other companies) note on the package, autographs may deteriorate over time, some autographs contained in this box may have autographs which may have faded. Some kind of disclaimer, they know their boxes may sit on a shelf for years (or even decades), there needs to be warning labels on the boxes. If not they should be held responsible for faded autographs.
I was considering buying a box of older Topps products that contained guaranteed autographs, but was over 5 years old. How can I buy it now that I know if the card has a faded autograph, I’m screwed. For all you who this this is a sunlight related problem, you couldn’t be more wrong, I can show you signed baseballs and footballs I have as well as signed cards, that haven’t seen the light of day in many years. Some of them the autograph seeped into the card, or ball and some have completely disappeared altogether. It is not a sunlight or UV damage issue.
Late today I will post some of my faded cards and memorabilia that have been in boxes for the past 15 – 20 years. It’s the pen and the material and almost never sun damage. What Topps did to the poor guy was just lame. Two packs of minor league cards sucks, why even bother? Someone said to send a blaster, I think that would have been a good idea, maybe a mini pack of Finest. By sending the 18 cards of crap they did, it was nothing more than rubbing the guy’s face in crap and for all intents and purposes, the reader whose card it is is no longer buying anything Topps. Just a shitty response to shitty problem caused by a shitty pen, that Topps representatives used.
Just my two cents. Do you think card companies should put disclaimers on the card boxes, if they are going to disenvow themselves from compensation after one year?