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My take on Topps Diamond Giveaway

March 11, 2011 5 comments

I loved the Topps Million Card Giveaway in 2010. It was a great promotion and I had the added bonus of redeeming a code that returned a 2000 Topps HD Derek Jeter autographed card. When I saw the initial promos for the 2011 Diamond Giveaway I knew that I would be participating. Who wouldn’t want a card with a diamond in it?

Well, to date I’ve entered 75 codes. I purchased 50 code cards on eBay and I got the other 25 by opening a lot of 2011 Topps retail packs from Wal-Mart and Target. I literally have nothing to show for the codes in terms of redeemed cards. I’ve not received one card good enough to make me want to have the cards shipped to me. That being said, Topps added the “extra chance” Diamond Dig game this year. The game is simple, you dig a hole in the dirt on baseball diamond grid and reveal either an instant win or a virtual diamond ring. The rings can be redeemed for prizes as you accumulate more and more rings.

My goal in the Diamond Dig was not the actual diamond ring that you receive once you hit 60 different rings. My goal was to get the 2011 Diamond Anniversary complete set that you get once you have 45 different rings. I’m happy to say that I have completed that goal. Does anyone know if this set is any different from a standard Topps factory set? I can’t seem to find any information on it.

I don’t know whether or not I should keep going to try and get to 60 different rings. I heard that the elusive ring is Mickey Mantle. I don’t know if you’re guaranteed to find the Mantle if you dig every hole on the grid or not. Please leave a comment if you know the answer to that one.

I think I’ll continue to redeem codes simply because you have a chance to unlock a diamond card. I’m insanely jealous every time I see someone post one on the various forums. I wouldn’t even care if I got the diamond checklist card. I just want one!

I broke 2011 Topps Baseball retail all weekend long

I know, why buy retail? Well, I started buying it on Saturday and didn’t stop until today. I didn’t stop because I was determined to get a diamond sparkle card. The following is the list of what I purchased over the last two days and how much I paid.

2 – Blasters – $40
3 – 72-card hangar packs – $30
6 – Rack packs – $30
6 – 4-pack + code card hangar packs – $48

The total damage was $148 before tax. I’m sure I can put together a base set, but haven’t gotten around to putting cards in order. I’ve also got a load of insert cards, including blue sapphire and red ruby Target and Wal-Mart exclusive inserts and two jersey cards. I didn’t pull any autographed cards. I’ve also got a small stack of Wal-Mart black parallels. Oh, and I also finally pulled a Pedro Alvarez base card for my PC.

Did I get a diamond sparkle card? Yes. I got it in the very last pack I opened in all of the stuff listed above. I had pretty much lost hope at that point, so it was pretty exciting to see Joey Votto’s helmet sparkling.

2010 Playoff Contenders Football Blaster Break


I read about these on a couple forums this week and couldn’t resist picking up a couple at Wal-Mart tonight. People have pulled SSP’s out of these so I figured it was worth the risk. As you can see from the scan of the blaster box, these come with 5 packs and you’re guaranteed an autograph. You’re also guaranteed a Playoff Ticket parallel numbered to 99. Each blaster will set you back $29.99. For what it’s worth, my Target did not have these, but I’ve read that people have found them there.

My blasters were a disappointment as you’ll see in the scans below. My two autographs were Tony Pike and Fendi Onobun, neither a short-print. My Playoff Ticket parallels were LaMarr Houston (rookie) and Jay Cutler. Even though my blasters weren’t great, I’d still give these a shot if you can find them. Hobby boxes are running $130+ and you get four autographs. You can get four of these blasters for $120 and get the same amount of autographs.


2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball Blaster Break

January 16, 2011 1 comment

My next weekend break is a familiar one, a blaster of 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball. I got it at Wal-Mart for $19.98. I couldn’t resist picking up another one since the last one I bought yielded an autograph, even if it was just Justin Marks.

This will easily go down as my best break of the new year. It’s funny that my best break so far this year comes from a retail blaster, but you just get lucky like that sometimes. I ended up with a blue refractor autograph and a base autograph in this blaster. The rest of the cards were nothing special.

What was special in this blaster was the blue refractor autograph… It was Jonathan Singleton! Singleton is the #2 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, rated just behind Domonic Brown. The last one of these sold on eBay for $90. I’d say that I got pretty lucky with this break.

2010 Donruss Basketball Rack Pack Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I haven’t purchased any cards at Target or Wal-Mart in over a month. I got the urge to buy some new product the last few days so I splurged on a few items.

The first one I’m posting is 2010 Donruss Basketball. I picked up two rack packs, which are $5.98 each at Wal-Mart. Each rack pack comes with 40 cards. If you’re looking for rookies, each rack comes with 4. The rookie cards use the classic Donruss Rated Rookie logo.

The cards are glossy on the front and cardboard on the back. Each card has a silver foil Donruss logo on the in the lower right corner of the card. To be honest, the cards look and feel cheap to me. The one positive, in my opinion, is the classic Donruss Baseball look on the back of the card. I like the backs and the Rookie Rookie logo, not much else to like here.

I got a few good cards out of my two racks, a Dwayne Wade Production Line jersey card numbered /399, a Kevin Durant die-cut Production Line insert with a green foil Donruss logo (not numbered) and a Lebron James Production Line Prism insert (not numbered). I ended up with 9 rookies because I got one die-cut rookie parallel.

Overall, I’d say this is a nice product for a young basketball collector. I haven’t seen the base Panini basketball product this year, but last year I bought some and didn’t care for the design or quality of the cards at all. If the 2010 base Panini Basketball is anything like the 2009 set, I’d buy Donruss instead.

Vacation Breaks

December 15, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been on vacation for the last five days in sunny Phoenix, AZ. That’s the reason for the lack of updates to the blog. Reality punched me in the face last night when I returned to temperatures in the 20’s in Washington DC.

While I was in Phoenix I couldn’t resist the urge to check out a Target and Wal-Mart to see what they had. I ended up buying a blaster of 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball and a 2010 Best of Chrome value pack.

Bowman Platinum Blaster These come with 8 packs for $19.99. I’ve been seeing some great breaks in the various forums and figured I would give one a try. I really don’t like the base cards. They’re not chrome stock, just regular cardboard. The cards are flat silver but come off cheap looking to me. The nice thing is that these packs are loaded with prospects and rookies. It gives you a good shot at getting a base rookie or prospect card of many different players. I did end of getting an autographed refractor in my blaster, like many others that I’ve seen. Mine was Justin Marks of the Oakland A’s. You’ll see the card design below. I included a base rookie, base USA and the autographed refractor. The scan made the base cards look really dark, sorry for that.

Best of Chrome Value Pack These come with a nice looking 5-card refractor set of Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward, Starlin Castro, Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle. You also get 2 Million Card Giveaway Redemption code cards, 5 packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball retail packs, 5 Topps Chrome Baseball retail packs and 1 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball hobby pack. All of this will set you back $29.99. I like this assortment. Kudos to Topps for putting a great Christmas gift out there for a young collector at a reasonable price. I would much rather open one of these than a blaster.

I didn’t fair so well from these packs. The hobby pack of Bowman Platinum yielded all base cards. The best card from Topps Chrome packs was a Roy Oswalt National Chicle refractor. The Bowman Chrome packs did yield an orange refractor but it was Ryan Dempster. Still pretty nice to hit a refractor that rare from retail.

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My Friend’s Amazing Topps Chrome Football Value Rack Break

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I just got this picture in my email and couldn’t believe it. My buddy Bill presumably stopped at Target or Wal-Mart tonight and bought a single value rack of 2010 Topps Chrome Football. We should all have this luck. Congrats Bill!