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Pojo's Yugioh News
Tactical Evolution Special Edition Manufacturing Disaster
By Mike Loda

9-26-07

I just thought you may want to hear a fast breaking, big news story in cards you may want to publish for your readers.  I will be glad to take full responsibility and credit for this story.  I am the lead source and have numerous samples of defects.  I just thought your readers should be aware of the situation.  The Special edition product Tactical Evolution is a total disaster.  We have sampled 9 boxes from 4 geographic areas, and the results are the same.  The big dollar cards in the TAEV packs (2 packs per blister, unlimited edition), namely the foils are almost a total loss, with line streaking and card bending on just about all the ultra rare cards and ultimate rare cards.  Secret rare and super rare foils experienced similar problems, but not to as great an extent.  Many cards in the packs were bent or rippled at the bottom or top, and there were other cosmetic defects such as scratches and dings.  Even more unbelievable was sabotage of the cards.  We had one card with pornographic graffiti on it and one card appeared to be stabbed with a knife several times.  More problems occurred with the quality of the packs as well, with too few of cards, roo many cards, foils or rare cards missing and more.  We had one pack with as low as 3 cards in it and one with as many as 12 cards in it.  We received 3 foils out of one pack, which most people would be ecstatic about, but they were all defective and not sellable.  We did not bother opening any Labyrinth packs, since the first pack we inspected, the cards were rippled from the stamping machine and the bottom, which you could feel the ripples in the cards right though the pack.

Anyway, here are the mind boggling details:

9 boxes = 360 tactical packs = 3240 cards inspected (assumes 9 cards per pack)

Total defective packs (missing/too many cards) 81 packs

Total defective cards = 2024

We have recommended to Upper Deck for a total recall of the product.  Whether Upper Deck will do this or anything has yet to be determined.  Our recommendation to all gamers is, if they experience these defects from opening the tactical evolution unlimited packs or Labyrinth packs is to go to ude.com for return instructions, or contact your local dealer for return help.  You may also email them at ude@upperdeck.com or call them toll free in North America: 1-800-873-7332
(Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PST) or Australia: 1-800-007-60

We have also recommended to all customers to stay away from Tactical Evolution Unlimited edition packs blistered by themselves or in the special edition blister.  Only purchase 1st edition stock which do not have these problems. 

Thanks, and have a great day!

Mike

Michael A. Loda
Foreverafter Collectibles
115 S. Elroy Ave.
Bartlett, IL 60103

phone: 630-213-8357

Check out my store at the link below!

http://www.mikeloda.safeshopper.com/


 


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