Discarding Used/Expired Redemptions

One of the best things about online redemptions is the fact that you can keep both the redemption card and the card is was suppose to be redeemed for.  This is especially good for redemptions that are for prospect and/or rookie cards.  In the past a collector would need to mail-in the redemption in exchange for the card that they were due to receive, leaving the collector with one card.  With the online redemptions, collectors get to have both.  Usually and expired/used redemption isn’t worth a thing but thats not always the case.  The Albert Pujols 2001 Bowman Chrome autographed rookie is one of the most influential modern day baseball cards.  When 2001 Bowman Chrome was released, that card was available only through a redemption.  That card has been expired for almost 6 years but collectors still purchase them when they show up for sale.  Most of the time they end up selling into the hundreds.  This is why I plan on keeping all my used redemption cards for prospects/rookies.  Player collectors will want everything and anything that pertains to a certain player, even and expired/used redemption.  Will the expired/used redemption ever be worth as much as the real card?  Probably not, but its better than having nothing at all.  The only two things that bother me about redemptions is the waiting period and the fact that some manufacturers forget to cover up the code.  So the next time you redeem that autographed rookie, don’t discard that used redemption when it arrives.

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