And the Cards Are…
August 22nd, 2010 by slangon

I guess it’s about time to stop dragging my feet and put an end to the Offical Condition: Poor First Anniversary Giveaway Contest. Here are the cards that I got from the Topps Million Card Giveaway.

1958 #117 Frank Torre

Joe’s older brother. Great looking card. I’m digging that old-timey Braves logo.

1959 #409 Gus Zernial

Ozark Ike, one of the most feared sluggers of the 1950’s. He actually hit the 9th most homers in that decade, ahead of the likes of Lary Doby, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Roy Campanella, Hank Aaron and Ralph Kiner. He’s also a pretty awesome through the mail signer.

1960 #513 Chicago Cubs Team Card

This was actually the second card I got in the giveaway and I managed to hold onto it all that time. Not only does it fill a slot in the 1960 set I’m trying to build, it’s a high number short print and it’s a team card. Plus it’s not checked off on the back.

1965 #140 Dean Chance

A pretty sweet looking ’65. Did you know Dean Chance threw 11 complete game shutouts in 1964?

1967 #105 Ken Boyer

Another notch on my ’67 Mets team set checklist.

1968 #44 Frank Kostro

Anyone want to play an easy round of Name That Stadium?

1969 #309 Walt “No Neck” Williams

The first of the 4 No Neck Williams’ cards I got in this batch. Yes, Walt was the guy who I got 4 of.

1970 #395 Walt “No Neck” Williams

The second of the 4 No Necks.

1971 #209 Steve Renko

What can I say? I like the ’71 set and I like them early Expos uniforms.

1971 Topps #555 Walt “No Neck” Williams

No Neck number 3. Look at the guns on that dude.

1973 #297 Walt “No Neck” Williams

The 4th and final of the No Neck quartet. This leaves me only needing the ’75 Walt Williams card to own all of his Topps base cards. Anyone out there got an extra?

1973 #445 Ken Berry

Another notch on the 1973 wantlist, even though I swore to myself I wasn’t going to start in on that set officially until I got finished with the 1960 set.

1976 #621 Tom Hall

A ’76 Met that I needed. Surprisingly, I only ended up with 2 Mets out of all these Giveaway cards. I guess since one of the contests was to gather as many Mets as you could, people were actually throwing fairly good deals my way for all the Mets cards I had amassed. I think at one point I had about 10 different Mets.

1983 #511 Tug McGraw Super Veteran

Well, I guess theoretically, you could make a case for this card being a Met. I’m not so sure that Topps would count it towards that contest though. Regardless, I count it towards my 1983 Mets team set, and this is actually the last card that I needed for that set. So good for me.

So there you have it. I racked up a few cool cards from the 50’s, a high numbered card that I needed for my 1960 set, a couple of Mets cards that I needed, a bunch of Walt “No Neck” Williams cards that I needed, as well as a bunch of other cool random cards. Overall, I had fun with the Million Card Giveaway and I’m pretty psyched about what I ended up with.

As far as the contest goes, I don’t think anyone scored 100%, but some people did rack up quite a few correct guesses and therefore quite a few entries into the 2010 SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond complete set giveaway. Between today and tomorrow, I’ll contabulate who guessed what and how many entries everybody got, run the whole shebang through the randomizer and come up with a winner.

Stay tuned.

4 Responses to “And the Cards Are…”

  1. You may have already covered this before but what did shipping cost to have all those sent to you and what kind of condition were then in when shipped. I have heard too many stories about stuff not being in sleeves or top loaders and coming with bends and creases.

  2. I forget the exact amount to ship. I think it was like $8 or something in that neighborhood. As far as how they were shipped, I have no complaints. Each card was in a penny sleeve in a top loader with the slot of the top loader taped shut. Then the whole stack was rubberbanded together and inside of a bubble mailer. Overall, it seemed pretty well protected.

  3. Dude, I can’t believe you got all that great stuff from Topps Million. You are a lucky guy! Particularly the unmarked Cubs team card, that is quite awesome indeed… I would be glad to take the Dean Chance off of your hands if you ever elect to part with it. Cheers!

  4. They must have actually listened to the customer complaints and read some of the blogs for once.

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