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Interesting Baseball Card Promotion

February 18, 2010
I was going through the sports stations on the AM dial, and heard baseball legend Cal Ripken talking about his rookie baseball card. Any time an athlete talks about autographs or cards, I’m all in.

I was more interested when he talked about how Topps spend so much money buying old baseball cards to insert into current 2010 packs of baseball cards. They mentioned some Mickey Mantle rookie cards that were worth thousands and thousands of dollars. Of course, they mentioned the Ripken rookie. He laughed when he said that was only worth a few hundred.

I started thinking this was like Willy Wonka and that buying packs of cards would be like trying to get that golden ticket.

I checked the Topps website and got more interested when it said something about 1 in every 6 packs has a card with a code. When I saw the word “code” I have to admit, I cringed.

You see, I’ve long hated any contest products have that require you to log on to websites. Come on, people. But something in we can scratch with a quarter to see if we win.

And, putting those old baseball cards into packs, just seemed so exciting.

The website showed that an 87 Fernando Valenzuela card went.  A ’72 Ferguson Jenkens, and a few other players I wasn’t familiar with.