Hey, you like-a the Dominic Ficociello? Is good eh? He play-a for the... emmm how you say: Arkansas Razorbacks?
Ok, it's taking too long to write this post in Italian, so I'll just go back to my backwoods English.
So, Sam at the Daily Dimwit was giving Topps the what-fer about a month ago for a) terrible collation on some redemptions of Topps Chrome USA autographs (2 of 5 of the autos were of Razorback stud Ficociello), but worse b) mucking up the autographs of one of the Ficociellos, and worst of all c) refusing to do anything about it. It's actually an unbelievably poor display of customer service, and the above links have to be read to be believed.
I'm a little embarrassed to look back on these posts regarding Sam's ordeal. If you read the comments on the first post, you'll several offerings of concern and support from considerate folks... followed by yours truly asking if he could have the Ficociello card that wasn't screwed up. What a guy I am.
Well, what a guy Sam is, because he was willing to send the Ficociello my way. He liked a couple of Jeff Bagwell cards I had, including a really cool "game used dirt" card and we worked out a deal. My cards arrived Friday, and the Ficociello is every bit as awesome as I thought it would be. You never know on prospects, but I think he's the real deal. Of course I am a tad biased about my Razorbacks. Even if he doesn't get to the Majors, I'll still have a great card of a great Razorback.
Thanks for the trade Sam! Hope you enjoy the dirt I sent you!