Friday, April 29, 2011

Fun while it lasted

I might have given the impression that the Topps value boxes are instant gold. I had purchased two of them, and they had yielded two diamond diecut cards, a few other decent Diamond Giveaway redemptions, a 1-in-50 packs short-print, and a relic.

But then I bought box three and it was a dud. I don't want anyone thinking that I'm doing free advertising for the boys downtown, so I'm documenting the ugliness here.

First of all, almost half my inserts were dupes, including the David Price Kimball here. Secondly, the Heritage hobby packs produced a single short-print that I probably won't keep.

Then we get to the ugliness of the code cards, the portion of the box that had delivered definite value two times already.

The first code card uncover this:

Andre, forgive me, but I don't like the '87 set, it's more plentiful than dirt, and there's no way I'm ever going to be able to trade you.

The second code uncovered this:

Annnnnnnd slowly backing away from the Giveaway site.

Oh, well, this bit of a wake-up call will allow me to focus on more useful places for my card dollars -- and no I do not mean a blaster of Gypsy Queen.

But at least one good thing came out of Value Box #3.

Third time's the charm. Three boxes, and I've got all three value box refractors. I will be keeping only one.

And now I'm done.

(P.S.: If I had an unlimited budget I would not be done. But then, if I had an unlimited budget, you would be addressing me as The Sandy Koufax Super Collector and value boxes would have no meaning).

(P.P.S: I forgot that there is always a way to get rid of you 1987 junk on the Million/Diamond Giveaway site -- if you have something with which to package your junk. And I did.


All miney mine).


  1. I bought three of the value boxes and I wasn't that impressed. I didn't get anything worthwhile out of the hobby packs, but I did get two diecut cards in the process.

  2. So, I guess you don't still need the Jackie Refractor?

  3. I guess not. But still would like the other card.

  4. I bought my first value pack the other day and I didn't get much of anything I needed. I might try one more time as I would like to get that Robinson refractor.