You gotta see this short video of my final Topps Diamond Giveaway package.
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In case you forgot about the Topps Diamond Giveaway Promotion that was part of all 2011 base Topps sets, this is your friendly reminder that the site closes on 6/30/12. All trades must be completed on that date. Additional time is being allowed to request deliveries, according to the site.
You can thank me later.
Here’s the site.
Over the 10 months I’ve been somewhat busy on the Topps Diamond Giveaway site. During that time I’d acquired more than 60 rookie cards for my collection as well as some nice Die Cuts.
But alas, the Die Cuts have come home … along with some more rookies of course
We’ll start with the cardboard virgins (aka rookies) because I have to show these badboys off. Most are guys you’ve never heard of, but some of them have great names.
And now … the Die Cuts!
We’ll leadoff with the greatest lead-off hitter of all time, Mr. Rickey Henderson.
Batting second, another great lead-off hitter, Ichiro.
Every team needs and ace. The leader of my Die Cut staff is Tim Lincecum.
This next one proved to be one of the most popular cards on the site. Everyone loves a hot rookie insert. Welcome, Mr. Eric Hosmer.
The way I obtained this next Die Cuts is simply amazing. I turned two common Die Cuts into a 1953 Common, which was then swapped for a 1952 Common. That 1952 Common was then traded for a Jackie Robinson DDC, which then was traded up for this Cal Ripken … which was also a pretty popular card on the site.
And we close this edition of Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul with the man who made this entire shipment free because his card was a black die cut serial numbered out of 60. Welcome to the collection, Joey Bats!
Psst … did you know I collect rookie cards? And not just the big ones either.
It’s never been so evident as it is right now.
I recently took delivery of two hauls from the Topps Diamond Giveaway site. I still have another batch or two of items that I need to “order” from the site, but I figured I’d start showing off what the virtual trading site has brought to my reality.
The beauty of the site is that if you spend enough time and effort you can get the cards shipped to you for free. With any “prize” (free pack, Diamond special set, Black Diamond Die Cut, etc.) you can have 24 cards shipped to you at no cost.
I took advantage of this twice thus far. Here is my first batch. And they are all glorious rookie cards.
Had to make a run to Walmart on Tuesday to get my oil change. While waiting I ventured over to the card aisle and discovered the return of the Walmart Value Box. Here we get 5 2011 Topps Update, 1 Bowman Chrome HOBBY pack, a Topps Diamond Giveaway Code and a special Bryce Harper “Bowman Chrome” refractor for $14.99. I bought one and did something I rarely do … I broke it on video.
The two codes yielded a 1981 Dave Stieb and a 1981 Dave Petry. Three hours later the Petry was traded on the Diamond Giveaway site for a 1976 Dan Meyer, 1980 Jim Mason, 1983 Fred Lynn and 1983 League Leaders card w/ Lamaar Hoyt and Steve Carlton.
Over the weekend I obtained more than 40 codes for the 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway program. I really wanted to see what type of die-cuts I could unlock and hopefully collect enough rings to get my Special factory set of 2011 Topps.
Thanks to some trading, I was able to unlock the special factory set.
But along the way it appears I discovered a glitch … which could have been “reported” before, but I haven’t really gone looking.
On Saturday I unlocked one of the new Ryne Sandberg die cuts. I was thrilled. It’s a great looking card and an exclusive to the Giveaway program.
And then on Sunday I entered more codes and I unlocked another … or so I thought.
After entering all of my codes, I went to “My Collection” to see my bounty. But much to my chagrin there was only ONE Sandberg.
I was upset. I felt cheated. I knew for a fact that the Sandberg image had popped up when I entered one of my codes.
So I sent an e-mail to Topps Support. On Monday I was advised to call the Customer Service hotline, which I did Tuesday morning.
I spoke to a representative and it was explained to me that there has been an issue recently where when you enter a code, the image of a card already in your collection displays. However, in reality, you’ve unlocked a different card.
Turns out my actual card was a 1976 Paul Lindblad.
Am I upset … yes and no. I think disappointed is more apt. I understand that mistakes happen. The Customer Service rep explained to me that he could see every code I entered and could see what cards are associated. There was only one Sandberg … the one I unlocked Saturday.
So as you go forth in your Diamond Giveaway adventures, be sure to double check your Collections before celebrating.