That was Quite a First Day
February 16th, 2010 by slangon

I’m sure by now, everyone out there knows how annoying it was to try and redeem your Million Card Giveaway codes yesterday. I didn’t have a lot, just 5, but it still took me all damn day to redeem them all. That part of it was pretty annoying. I must say though, everything went much better than expected as far as the types of cards I thought Topps would be trying to pawn off. Just the little bit of reading I’ve done on other peoples blogs, it seems like that seems to be the rule rather than the exception.

Before the giveaway actually started I honestly thought the breakdown of cards Topps would be giving away would look something like this:

  • 80% 80’2 and 90’s junk
  • 15% 2000’s junk
  • 5% everything else

Judging by other folks blogs I’ve read on the subject, it doesn’t seem like too many other people were expecting much different than that either.

After the first day, though, I’ll admit, I was pretty off-base. Pretty much everytime I happened to be on the site (when I was actually able to get on that is) I would see at least 2 or 3 cards from the 70’s and earlier in that recently redeemed cards window. I’ve also read different comments and blog entries that people wrote where they said that along with some junk, they’ve also been getting some decent cards. I even read 2 or 3 things about people getting autographed cards, from Hall of Famers even.

All in all, it seems that this Million Card Giveaway isn’t as bad as everyone was expecting. I personally had 5 code cards and this is what I got for it:

Out of 5 codes, I only had 2 80’s junk cards. It so happened that I didn’t have either of those, so at least they weren’t duplicate junk cards. Oddly enough, the only card that I got that I already had was that ’66 Ken Harrelson, which is pretty long odds considering I only have maybe 5 or 6 cards from 1966 that aren’t Mets. I’ll have to try and figure out how to trade that one. That ’74 Danny Cater might be considered junk to some, since it’s just a common of a dude I never heard of, but I’ll take it. By far the best card is that 1960 Cubs team card, on many levels. It’s the oldest. It’s a high number. I’m collecting team cards and I needed that one. It’s the coolest looking card of the bunch. I think even if all the other cards I got were 80’s junk, that one card would make it all worth it.

I also did some digging around in the “Official Rules” section of the site and I found out that when you decide to get your cards shipped, it’ll run you $2.92 for the first card and $0.53 for each additional card. I don’t know how Topps came up with those weird numbers, but I could see that adding up pretty quickly. If I were to get my 5 cards shipped today, I would seriously consider just letting them keep the Gary Redus and Houston Astros card. Another word of warning, apparently the giveaway officially ends on March 1, 2011 and after that any cards you haven’t gotten shipped become property of Topps. I know that’s a long ways away, but just a heads up.

I can’t wait to see what other people have gotten. All in all, I got to give it to Topps, website glitches aside, so far this has been a really fun promotion and I’m really itching to buy more 2010 Topps to get some more code cards.

2 Responses to “That was Quite a First Day”

  1. Whoa, is that another Kevin Bass card from the giveaway? After Night Owl “pulled” a 1987 redemption yesterday, there’s real Bass momentum building here.

    1. Night Owl’s post

    2. My 1979 #5 Kevin Bass

    3. 88 Topps’ closer look at #291

  2. I got a 1988 K-Bass. I guess once he is out of the way I can get my 1987 Rick Honeycutt.

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