I saw these infocards at Don's when I stopped by this afternoon. I wanted to grab a couple packs of Heritage and see if there was anything cool on the drop board.
If you remember from last year Topps inserted Spring Fever redemption cards into Series 1 packs and you could go down to your participating sports card shop and turn it in for a pack of exclusive Spring Fever cards. Well this year Topps was going to do the same thing, if you look at the sell sheets it even says so there, but somewhere along the way that changed and the redemption cards were not put into packs.
Fast forward to now and Topps saying that all you have to do is go to your local card shop and buy 18 packs of cards to get a free pack. Series 1 has already been out for a couple months. How many of us really want to have to go buy half a box of hobby packs to get one free pack of these cards? No word if Jumbo packs count more. Something tells me that these might be pretty rare as I doubt most collectors who have already moved on to Heritage or Opening Day and are waiting for Series 2 and Gypsy Queen are really going to want to shell out more money for this promotion. I can't decide if this is just a major screw up on Topps' part or something more nefarious with them trying to sell more Series 1. Either way this is pretty piss poor Topps. I will probably end up getting some of these packs anyways, as my LCS's probably will have to eventually just give them away or a lot of shop owners will probably just open them and sell the singles and autos.
I haven't seen a checklist for the promotion either, but from the preview images \ the cards look very similar to last years.
Here's what the infocards look like.
What do you guys think, screw up or devious plot to sell overstock?