Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Topps Comes Through (?)

More like a "Things Done WITH Cards-style post here today, boys and girls. Here we go...

One day, many moons ago, I found that our beloved Topps Company offered, and still does, a "No Purchase Necessary" deal. How, you may ask, does it work? By digging out my magnifying glass, and squinting at the fine print, here's what I found.... "For the chance to obtain any of the cards above, (inserts) at the same odds, (from 1:3-1:40,000-there's a yeah, right insert for ya) while supplies last, hand print your name and address on a 3 x 5 card (What if I do it an a 4 x 6 card? Will they refuse to mail anything to me?)

and mail in a #10 envelope to NPN 2011 Topps Baseball...etc, etc. Only one card per envelope, mailed separately, (eh?) postmarked by November 16th, 2011 and received by November 23rd 2011..." and then it talks about how you must do a multiplication problem too if you are of Canadian descent. Yeah, sure, okay. This I did, I mailed a card in a #10 envelope, and waited. Last week, lo and behold, I received a small manila envelope.




What could be inside?









Oh, wow! It's an insert card of recently-alleged-steroid-user Ryan Braun! Cool!






Two days later... (Yes, I did this for Series one and two...I'm just crazy that way...)




Same deal with a small manila envelope and....








Ta-da! A Bob Feller 60 years of Topps insert!






So what do you think? Is this some sort of out reach thing by Topps for poor kids without 2 bucks to buy a pack of cards with? I really wonder if any actual card collectors do this...Anyone? Any and all feedback from you all would be welcomed.




5 comments:

NY Hitman 23 said...

I got into NPN's for a couple years and received some really nice cards. From Bowman Sterling I received a Josh Gibson bench card and an Andruw Jones jersey card. From Pristine I received a Craig Biggio fielding glove card serial numbered 1/9. I also received several other serial numbered parallels from Topps and Donruss. I've never received anything from Upper Deck though.

Chunter said...

How long was your wait time, typically?

Alec said...

I used to do the NPN's about 2003-2004, usually with Fleer and Donruss. Got a lot of nice inserts, but by far the best was a Delmon Young 2003 Donruss rokie auto #'d to 75. It would usually take months to get anything in the mail, if I ever did

Chunter said...

Very cool. Thanks for the feedback guys!

Josh D. said...

I've never done it before, but definitely will in the future. I'll probably start it with my young son who loves getting stuff in the mail. Thanks for the heads-up...I didn't know this existed.