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Breaking News: Manny Machado Returns 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autos!

May 13, 2011

In a late-breaking development that was as completely unexpected as it should be universally embraced by the passionate prospecting community, highly touted Baltimore Orioles prospect Manny Machado finally returned his 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autographs to the company.

But no one, it should be noted, is happier with this special delivery than Panini America Brand Manager Mike Payne, who developed 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition and who’s spent more than a year diligently chasing the safe return of Machado’s coveted signatures.

“All redemptions are frustrating, but this one maybe more so than others because of Machado’s draft standing and because the cards had been sent out well before packout,” Payne said Friday. “But as the EEE release date drew near and the Machado cards had not been returned, we had to keep calling the agent to see what the situation was. Packout came, packout went, and no Machado autographs had been returned to us.”

That, of course, forced Panini America officials to insert what have become some of the most scrutinized redemption cards in baseball over the last year — a necessary evil in situations such as these.

In the months that followed, Payne and members of the Panini America acquisitions department doggedly worked their phones and email address books in an effort to get Machado’s autographs back in house. But as of earlier this week, the cards remained MIA.

But then earlier this week, unannounced and sealed in a rather nondescript cardboard box, the cards were returned — signed, sealed and delivered.

“After the product shipped, we continued the regular follow-up calls hoping to get any information,” Payne said. “Finally, we learned Manny had changed agents so we had to go back to square one and start over with someone new. Samantha Newman in our acquisitions department was key in getting a dialogue with the new agent, and getting the cards signed and returned as quickly as possible.”

Collectors currently holding redemptions for the signed Machado base and insert cards can finally rest easy, knowing that the long overdue penmanship from this prized prospect is now just days away from being redeemed.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Russ Sauers permalink
    May 13, 2011 4:04 pm


  2. Russ Sauers permalink
    May 17, 2011 6:38 pm

    So when will the redeeming begin? Some of us have been waiting since October.

  3. Russ Sauers permalink
    May 23, 2011 3:42 pm

    Are on the autos including the parallels On-Card or just the base autos? Also, when will these actually be shipping? They’ve been in house over a week and a half now.

    • May 23, 2011 4:02 pm

      I believe the parallels are sticker autos. I’ll check with CS on shipping.

      • Roger Villacis permalink
        July 8, 2011 11:24 pm

        Tracy, what’s the real deal with these cards? Please be honest because there are many people just wanting a real answer. Thanks

      • July 8, 2011 11:28 pm

        Roger, I’m doing my best to get an update on this issue. As soon as I have that, I will absolutely share it with everyone.

  4. chris permalink
    May 25, 2011 5:11 pm

    Finally but when should we expect them. You ‘ve had them for how long and still haven’t shipped any out to all the people patiently waiting over 6 months which is pathetic. Whether you realize it or not this makes people not want to but a product that has anything to do with panini. I myself and everyone i know won’t buy panini products because of stuff like this. You should really have the cards to redeem before you put a redemption card in a pack. We’ll see how long it takes me to get mine since it’s been 6 months alredy,or if i get one at all!!!!

  5. Colvin Roberson permalink
    May 29, 2011 5:45 pm

    Still waiting for mine to arrive…any update?

  6. June 8, 2011 4:58 pm

    Ok. Close to a month now since the autos were supposedly returned. What is the delay in shipping them to your loyal customers? Very frustrating to say the least.

  7. baxtercarson permalink
    June 11, 2011 10:25 pm

    Okay its June 11th and still waiting on the card!

    • baxtercarson permalink
      July 11, 2011 4:46 pm

      Everybody you can relax now i just got an update that the machado auto’s where sent out today this is very awesome

      • Damon permalink
        July 15, 2011 11:19 pm

        Ill believe it when I see it

  8. July 16, 2011 7:57 am

    Damon. Check Ebay. They have shipped and are live.

    • Damon permalink
      August 17, 2011 11:26 pm

      Still waiting only redemption. Why post this article to get everyone amped and then don’t send them out?


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