If your visiting this page, rest assured, I know that it was by error and that you have little to no interest in those stupid code cards in 2010 Topps Baseball. They are the same thing as the "Topps Attax" fillers, aren't they? I'm actually running a recycling program for the "Million Card Giveaways", all you have to drop them off in my mailbox and I will dispose of them properly. Unfortunately, the "Topps Attax" preview fillers are made from non-recyclable materials.
Publicly, people don't seem to care much for the Topps Million Card Giveaway. Privately, they are the hottest thing to hit the hobby in years. Let's just say, no one rips a 1/2 case of Jumbos to put a set together, unless your trying to be the only person on Earth to have pulled each and every "Pie in the Face" short print on your own. If you were actually able to pull this off, I suggest you move on to the Printing Plate set next.
If you are obsessed with the Million Card Giveaway, like most everyone. Here's a few tips and trends I've noticed:
- If your unlocking cards from the 80's and 90's, try waiting 10-20 minutes to enter your next code card. I've gotten a fair amount of decent 50's and 60's cards doing this. I think that it cycles through the years, either based on Topps' formula or by the volume of people entering. I have gotten better cards doing this, but haven't been able to determine an exact amount of waiting time. I would suggest waiting under 10 minutes if the card you unlocked is from the 2000's.
- I bought a stack at a card show filled with numbers TMC4-6 and had very little success, a guy I was talking to bought all the TMC1-2, as he had a theory that they opened more 50's and 60's cards. I cannot substantiate his theory, but I can tell you I got not one good card from TMC4-6.
- Topps will be having contests throughout the season that involve using and trading your cards. Examples: collecting catchers, best 1990's team, and so on based on the cards you have in your collection.
- You can get "Million Card Giveaway" cards substantially cheaper at a card show than you can on-line. Although, occasionally people list them oddly and a deal can be found.
- Watch out for people selling "Million Card Giveaway" cards that have been redeemed. On eBay people often put the fact that they have been re-deemed inside the listing.
- Topps Series 2 will be adding original T206 cards to the Million Card Giveaway.
- If your patient, you can progressively turn an un-locked $5 card into a $30-$50 card by strategically trading up a few dollars at a time. I turned a $3 card into a $35 card by making 7 trades.
- If your bored, throw out as many trade offers as humanly possible, chances are someone will accept one.
- Don't waste your time offering 30-40 80's cards for a 1955 Sandy Koufax Rookie ($1,200), which got over 80 offers, instead try offering those same cards for something attainable ($20-$50) with substantially less trade offers on the table.