Recently much has been made about The Topps Company and release date issues. Mass case breaker Brent Williams and many other case breakers were told by Topps to not break before release date in an effort to enforce their policies.
That was late September. Fast forward a half month to October and you will see something funny happening with 2012 Bowman Chrome. There are auctions up for autographs in the product the SATURDAY before release date.
All of these items are listed in Taiwan and it appears to be only one seller so this could indeed be an isolated incident. The results of the break were posted on FCB by one of our international users. That user is also the seller of the items on eBay. This was a box, bought in a hobby shop by a regular Joe collector in Taiwan. That makes me ask if there is a different release date for Asia than we have to abide by in the states. And if so, is that fair?
Bulk case rippers like Brent depend on getting their cards to market as close to release date as possible to make what they do viable. This is probably an isolated case of one dealer being careless with some product, but the timing of this incident is pretty bad. It was less than a month ago that Brent was told to not display product early.