Did you read the Topps Million Card Giveaway rules?

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By most accounts, ToppsMillion Card Giveaway has been a resoundingly popular promotion this year with countless baseball fans and collectors from the past and present redeeming their codes for their MCG account, trading (electronically) their cardboard like the days of old.

However, I noticed something in the official rules that I wonder if many a collector noticed. (I hadn’t even after redeeming more than 30 codes.) Once a promotion’s deadline hits in March 2011, undelivered cards in your account vanish.

As in your mom threw them out electronically.

Here’s what the rules say:

Warning: Giveaway ends 03/15/2011. After 03/15/2011, Option (iii) will no longer be available and all Accounts will be closed by Sponsor. Once closed, the contents of Accounts automatically revert to Sponsor and Accountholder waives and releases any and all property rights in Account and its contents without compensation of any kind. Participants may not receive any further notification prior to Account closure on 03/15/2011.

Delivery of the cards in one’s account costs $2.92 for the first card and 53 cents for each additional card claimed in the same sitting.

That means we all now have a deadline to decide whether we really want our 2007 Xavier Nadys along with our 1967 Chris Zacharys and 1966 Ron Swobodas. For the most part, the promotion yielded many a card I already have and probably don’t need, but for me anything before 1970 might need to be claimed. (And, of course, if you pulled some money card, the answer to the question is obviously “yes, it needs claimed.”)

It should be obvious that Topps can’t manage its MCG database forever — and of course the code cards themselves do have a 2011 expiration date — but the aspect of having an account to store a virtual collection is something that many collectors probably enjoy more than then hassles of digging through cardboard boxes to find one of their cards.

I’m just not sure how many MCG collectors — even ones who have entered hundreds of codes — know about that deadline yet.

This item is the first step. Pass the link along to those who you know use the MCG.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Ben
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I knew about the expiration date since I read the rules before I signed up but I haven’t been able to find out what qualifies as a “PRIZE BASEBALL CARD” that nullifies the shipping costs. Is there a list of these cards available somewhere?

  2. Posted September 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    wow this is sad…not only is topps charging us for shipping (which is overpriced btw), but we have until march to get them sent…the cards we get arent even worth 53 cents!!! this is total bull! shoulda just sold my codes when i got them cuz i aint paying $5 to get 5 random base cards…

  3. Posted October 24, 2010 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    A few months back I was really excited about this and have 7 cards in the system. When they started “shipping” cards I tried to get my unlocked cards shipped, but I hit a snag because I don’t have a credit card to use for payment. Topps has never replied to any requests I’ve made about alternate methods of payment.

  4. Devin
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I had read through some of the rules but got bored with it & stopped. My stopping is my loss now as i did not know of the deadline & lost I think about 7 cards. 2 of the cards were I’m guessing good cards as I had people wanting to trade me for them. I remember 1 was a 1957 Jim Hickman card. You would think they would post the deadline on the main page when it first comes up so everyone would know. I feel this is just a way for them to hold on to those cards & keep offering them up in attempts to boost sales. Like the Stephen Strasburg card hype & all the other cards people were hoping to win would keep people going back to buy more cards to get that card with the code to unlock an old card. I’m sure they made a huge profit off of it. I’ve been buying the Diamond Giveaway packs & have noticed that I have only opened 3 packs with a Code out of appox. 30 pkgs. The odds are supposed to be 1/6 then I must have been unlucky in my purchases. The last 10 pkgs bought from same Wal-Mart from same box have netted no winning cards with codes in any of the pkgs. The box was nearly completely full & that just seems fishy to me. I might rethink my purchases from here on out. Also if anyone has not read the rules on the Diamond Giveaway this was taken from the rules: Warning: Giveaway ends 12/31/2011, all Accounts will be closed by Sponsor for purposes of participation in the Topps Diamond Giveaway. Once closed, the contents of Accounts automatically revert to Sponsor and Accountholder waives and releases any and all property rights in Account and its contents without compensation of any kind. Participants may not receive any further notification prior to Account closure. BEWARE of this date!!!!!!!!

  5. Dan Gorring
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I spent far too much time trading and attempting to trade for what I wanted. I went from about 22 cards to wheeling and dealing down to 13. I requested deliver at end of February, understanding that alot of players waited until the deadline like good GMs. But $9.81 later on my VISA and I still have not received my cards and Opening day has came and went. Needless to say, I have some holes in my lineup. Tomorrow I will eat my words IF they appear in the mailbox. I did receive a 1957 Dave Pope, yeah that Dave Pope Tribe fans, earlier in the season. Decent card, worth the price of postage, but I haven’t redemmed anything after 1980. Doesn’t seem like a good deal. Bulk shipping should not exceed value of individual card. Only tried 1 Diamond Giveaway and probably not a second, anybody looking for a Todd Stottlemeyer or a Marnier’s ring/

  6. Jason
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I hope you have better luck with the quality of your cards. I paid for 24 cards total. 8 of them were so beat up I would not have spent a penny on them. The one that I was waiting to see was a 1955 Topps George Zuverink. 8 weeks later, when I got it I was shocked. It is bent in 5 places thru the card, has 4 rounded corners, and a water stain down the left side of the card. When I contacted Topps about it they stated “Should one elect to take physical possession of baseball cards, he/she understands and agrees that the baseball cards are provided AS IS and have not been graded or otherwise evaluated by Sponsor (or any outside authority). The condition of a given baseball card may be Mint, Near Mint, Excellent ┬ĘC Near Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair or even Poor. SPONSOR MAKES NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, IN FACT OR IN LAW, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION OR VALUE/RESALE VALUE OF ANY BASEBALL CARDS. THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR INTENDED PURPOSE. (THE PRECEDING ALSO APPLIES TO THE RANDOM DRAWING PRIZE.)” I would have sworn I read all of the rules and I never saw this. Anyone else come across this?

  7. Stu
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I got my cards after 7 weeks. I was looking forward to my Don Hoak rookie card from 1956. I got the card but it came with a nice crease right in the middle of the card. I had so many chances to trade but didn’t thinking I would get something in decent condition but all I got was a piece of junk card. Matter of fact the cards I got form the 50’s and 60’s were all visibly worn. Very dissapointed in this promotion and will in no way ever do something like this again. BEWARE

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