Monday, February 15, 2010

1983 Topps 1952 Reprint #216 Richie Ashburn

You may have heard (or read) by now that Topps is in the midst of its promotional "Million Card Giveaway." Topps has scoured the planet for one million of its baseball cards from 1952 through 2009, and they are giving them away one card at a time. Topps has randomly inserted Million Card Giveaway contest cards within packs of its 2010 Series 1 product, and each contest card features a code on the back. The recipient of these contest cards can enter the code at toppsmillion.com to see which of the one million cards the code "unlocks." While the majority of us will undoubtedly receive common cards from the late '80s, early '90s, a few lucky collectors will receive a 1952 Richie Ashburn (the original, not the reprint pictured), a 1973 Mike Schmidt or a 1982 Bob Dernier card. Once a card is unlocked, the card holder has the option of having it mailed to him or her or trading it with other collectors on the Topps website.

I've opened 20 or so packs of 2010 Topps and I've been lucky enough to pull 6 of these Million Card Giveaway contest cards. I entered each code into the Topps website tonight, hoping for a few vintage Phillies cards to add to my collection.

Here, in chronological order, are the cards I unlocked with my contest card codes:
1972 Topps #336 Marty Martinez
1987 Topps #425 Tom Seaver
1987 Topps #743 Dwayne Murphy
1993 Topps #145 Eric Young
1995 Topps #236 Jeff Brantley
2003 Topps #307 Alexis Rios

Here's the deal - I'll gladly "trade" any of these cards for Phillies cards you may have unlocked. I'm particularly interested in Phillies cards from the '60s and '70s, so I'd be happy to package a few or all of these cards together if you're interested in a trade.

This could prove to be a fun little promotion put together by the folks at Topps. I'm looking forward to seeing if any of my fellow bloggers unlock a major Topps card from the past, and it's motivation for me to buy some more packs of 2010 Topps.

5 comments:

jim said...

The Whitey card is very desirable...as is the Scmidt Card

Jim said...

What about the 1982 Bob Dernier card?

Section 36 said...

I just released my two. 1987 Tom Seaver (Red Sox!) and 1993 Ken Camaniti. Not exactly gold mines.

I can't help but wonder though...what's to stop somone from just typing in random letters and hoping to get lucky?

Jim said...

So between us, we've both unlocked 1987 Tom Seaver cards. What are the odds?

I actually considered the random character angle . . .

Section 36 said...

Dare I say...one in a million?