Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Million Card Giveaway Cards

So I've been seeing a bunch of Million Card Giveaway posts lately.  And it reminded me that we only have till March to have your cards shipped or I guess they go back in the Topps vault.  See you in 20 years 1987 Topps cards.

I decided that I would have all my cards pre 1970 shipped and I actually had two 1970 and above shipped to me.  For a "Free" giveaway shipping and handling is awfully expensive.  It cost me somewhere around 8 bucks to have these 12 cards shipped to me.  To be honest they were all in top loaders which is nice.  But when postage is under 2 bucks it still feels like a rip off.  And to be honest the quality and condition of these cards leaves a little to be desired.  But it's always nice to add a little vintage to the collection.  I was looking through my MCG portfolio the other day and somehow I missed a 1965 card and then traded up to another 1965.  I think the 65's are one of my favorite looking sets from the 60's.  So I'm probably going to get at least one more round of cards shipped, but the majority are high 70's and not worth very much.  I think I'll let Topps put them back in the vault.  Anyway... here's what I got last year from the code cards that was mostly pre 1970.

My oldest card is this 1956 Arnold Portocarrero.  It's a little rough.  This is my oldest Topps card that I own now.  And close to the oldest in my collection if you count the 2002 Topps T206 buyback I got years ago.

Next in line is this 1958 Paul Giel.  Terribly miss cut and a nice crease on the top portion.

1962 Don Hoak.  This card actually isn't too bad.  Not very well centered but in fairly good shape.  The original Topps woody.

1964 Diego Segui.  Another dogeared card.  If I'd have known what kind of condition some of these cards would be coming in I probably would have saved my money.

1965 Ty Cline.  WoHoo a Milwaukee Brave!!!!  I ended up trading for this bad boy and at least 3 of the 4 corners were in pretty good shape.

1966 Bill Rigney.  Nothing like a manager card to spice things up.  Also not the best shape.

1967 Boog Powell.  Probably one of my favorites that I pulled this year.  I just like saying his name. Boog.  Boooooooooooog.  How do you get the nickname Boog? And more why do you use it?

I got a trio of 1968 cards.

Dick Simpson

Jim Merritt
And Mel Queen, and all three were in pretty good shape.

Well that's all my pre 1970's here we have a 1970 Luis Tiant.

And my lone Brewer Mike Hegan from the 1977 set.  Which sadly I already had in better shape.

Over all not impressed.  If I didn't have a few 1960 left in the bin and a ton of 1972's I probably would just say screw it and leave them but I think I'll have a few more shipped to me.  I'm a glutton for punishment.  I also apologize.  As I started writing this post I wished I'd have scanned the backs.  The early Topps backs were great with cartoons and interesting use of colors.  Maybe I'll save that for a later post. 

Have a great humpday.


  1. I've got a bunch of cards sitting in my account over there that I have no idea what to do with. You are right, shipping is very expensive - I guess that is what is preventing me from having more cards shipped. I do have some 50's cards coming though.

  2. My lot of 28 cards ran me around $12, but then again, I made a conscious effort to trade for guys who threw no hitters in the '60s and early '70s. I was actually surprised (in a good way) by the condition of these cards. To me, it was well worth it.

  3. ilike the '77 card - i think it's one of the first sets that i remember as a kid...