Inside the Topps Million Card Giveaway …
So Topps launched its Million Card Giveaway on Monday at www.toppsmillion.com, where slowly but surely collectors who found one of the contest cards in packs of 2010 Topps baseball cards could enter their code and win a card from the past.
Beckett Media‘s Box Busters review box yielded six of these contest cards, so armed with their trusty codes I ventured forth into the wild frontier of redeeming them … what did Beckett receive?
Card No. 1 … 1988 John Tudor
Card No. 2 … 2005 Ichiro Suzuki
Card No. 3 … 1966 Bob Shaw
Card No. 4 … 1976 Bob Coluccio
Card No. 5 … 1993 Mark McLemore
Card No. 6 … 1998 Francisco Cordova season highlights card
What a haul. They’re sitting in the Beckett account where they can be requested for delivery (for a fee), traded or … sit.
I got caught up in code-entering mania and launched my own personal account to see what I got from my pair of cards … a 2000 Orlando Cabrera and a 1972 Reggie Cleveland.
And then, once the time-out issues on the site subsided (it’s been a busy day there), I started poking around to see what others have found … and it appears some collectors have found plenty…
Since you can offer trades for cards that others have found, that means one can search for cards. Anyone with an account can search for any player or set — which yields some interesting results.
As of 7:30 p.m. Central time, five Mickey Mantle cards — four vintage — had been pulled. A 1956, two 1958 All-Stars and a 1962 highlights card. Seven Hank Aarons — a 1962, a 1970 All-Star, a 1971, two 1972s (standard, plus in action), a 1973 and a 1975.
How ’bout Willie Mays? One 1962, two 1962 All-Stars and a pair of 1973s.
Ted Williams? How about a 1954! Along with a 1969, a 1970 and a 1971.
But what about Pete Rose, who has been banished from an MLB Properties-licensed set since 1989? He’s been found 170-plus times — though most of those appear to be cards from 1987. (Though one 1966 card has been found.)
How about cards from the famed 1952 set? So far, 78 cards have been pulled … the most notable being an Eddie Mathews, a George Kell, Larry Doby, Roy Campanella. Not some bad hauls there… Mathews is a $10,000 RC, while the Campy is a mere $2,500.
This sounds like a promotion that will be sparking some interest, doesn’t it?
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.