Ok, so I realized that many of you, after reading some blogs, haven't even been able to get on the website. I was fortunately able to read nearly all of it before it went down again and I was able to snag a few more screenshots. I'll show those to you now, in addition to adding on to what the Topps contest consists of.
First of all, when you click on a player that had been redeemed, you'll get this screenshot:
So you can see clearly, someone scooped up their redemption with a 2005 Jeter. What you can't see on this screenshot is at the bottom of this card, you'll see a rolling menu that goes left to right, or right to left. The menu shows what other cards related to the player, or series, above has been redeemed. I do recall seeing his 1992 Topps Draft Pick rookie card there - the one with the green background. So it appears that card has been redeemed.
I also noted that a PLETHORA of cards from 1980 to 2008 have been redeemed. In so much, that it appears that you will have a 1 in 10 chance of getting a modern day card. I've seen a handful of cards from the 60's and 70's, but most of the cards being picked up right now are all modern day.
Here's another screenie:
On this screenshot, you can clearly see the rolling menu at the bottom and several of these cards, the 1967 Rookie Stars cards have been redeemed.
It goes without saying that the probability is SUPER high you're redemption card will be a modern day card.
Topps has a unique feature with this program where you'll be allowed to choose to have the cards mailed to you, which will take 4 - 6 weeks, OR you can allow Topps to hold onto them and enter them into a trading program that they will have ONLY FOR THE CARDS THAT WERE GIVEN AWAY FOR THE MILLION CARD GIVEAWAY. I thought this was a pretty cool idea, so you're not inundated with a bunch of cards you don't collect and can swap them out with fellow collectors.
Now, lets get back to the actual cards you'd be getting. As I stated, at least for the initial run, it's fairly evident that you have a 1 in 8 to 10 chance of getting a modern day card. If that's the case (because I know we all want those 1989 John Olreud rookies - which I liked him by the way), why on earth would you want to buy this?
You do realize that the modern day cards you're getting have a street value of about 1 cent per card? Other than the rare occasion of picking up something super nice. In other words folks, don't buy into the "I'm going to get a Mantle" hype- you're going to get burned.
Now, the ACTUAL contest being put on by TOPPS - starts in April. In a nutshell, starting April and every 2 weeks after that, they're running varying contests based on what's in your portfolio of redeemed cards, like who has the most catchers or pitchers, or something along those lines.
IMPORTANT: these cards MUST be in your portfolio to have them count towards the contest. So let's assume you redeem a Nolan Ryan rookie and you opt to have it mailed to you. Once it leaves Topps' hands, they are considered no longer part of your portfolio and that card is no longer eligible to be part of the contest.
Ok, that's all I can think of now - I see NOW that the site is up, but it will probably go back down in a few minutes and definitely go back down again later tonight. If I catch anything else, I'll post accordingly.
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