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UPDATE (7/7): A letter from Playmates Toys President Lou Novak (Adobe Acrobat reader required) regarding the World In Advance program indicates that a letter will be sent to respondents directly from Playmates Toys, rather than a replacement COA.

We've received an email from World in Advance's President, Martin Hitch, which includes information on how to obtain a replacement COA with an actual signature on it.

"I am happy to inform you that Lou Novak has agreed to personally write to you and each of your members who have purchased The Simpsons Dioramas and are concerned about the pre-printed signature. Lou wants to give his personal assurance that this has not been an intentional misrepresentation and feels that a letter to all concerned is the best way.

I would be grateful if you could assist us in making this happen by advising all concerned members to contact us at It is important that we receive the name to which the product shipped so that we can match up the product numbers for each letter.

We will ensure that all future auctions reflect the pre-printed nature of the signature however any auctions that are currently live will not. The same courtesy will be extended to all auction wins ending on or before July 8th 2003.

Many thanks for your help in this matter.


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