Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It pays to Play

I'm not adverse to a little gambling here or there.  I do love to play poker, blackjack, and craps.  And lets be honest the way trading card products are made these days it might as well be a form of legalized gambling. But for my money, just under 50 cents to be exact, I like to dabble in the no purchase necessary, or NPN, offers that trading card companies are forced to provide, especially for the higher end products.  I have no idea how many index cards I've sent to Topps and Panini over the years, but it's usually send it and forget it and I don't win.  But every now and then I get a surprise package in the mail.  I've never been lucky enough to snag an auto or relic, but I have gotten a couple decent parallels and inserts over the years.

Well last Friday I was surprised to find an envelope from Topps in my mail box.  And inside was a  nice Museum Collection purple base parallel of Astros rookie phenom Yulieski Gurriel numbered to just 99.  Not too shabby way to end the week.


  1. Nice! I love entering in those NPNs

  2. The upper deck ones are so nice, easy and free since they are online. Even cheaper than the 50 cents.

  3. I don't consider myself a big gambler, but I hit the casinos a few times each year when I visit my parents. I'm more of a video game slot kind of guy, but the last time I was in Vegas, my brother and I did pretty well at the craps table. Congratulations on the NPN win.