I know, I’m late to the party on this one. But this is a new blog, so I’m allowed to play catch-up. If you don’t know what I’m talking about – click here first: www.toppsmillion.com. Say what you want, it’s a cool concept and a great thing for Topps to do in the first year of their exclusivity deal with Major League Baseball. Whether that turns out to be good or bad is a whole other issue… but we’re talking about the Million Card promotion here.
Some of my code cards have been brutal. But some haven’t been bad, and others were downright good. I got a 1966 Ted Abernathy, who was no star by any stretch, but he was coming off a 1965 season where he’d led the league in games pitched and saves – before leading the league in saves was cool. Speaking of that, was it Goose Gossage that made saves cool? Rollie Fingers? Comments welcome. In any case, getting a card for free from the 60’s is pretty groovy.
The part that has been the most fun for me has been the trading. I’m not trading for a lot of monetary value, but I’m trading for cards that I want to collect. For example, I was able to trade a 2006 Daniel Cabrera for a 1978 Rance Mulliniks rookie card. You see, this card means something to me because he was my grandfather’s favourite player when I was young and first getting hooked on baseball, watching and listening to the great Blue Jays teams from the late 80’s and early 90’s. My grandfather spent time every summer with family in the US, and a big part of it was traveling to places like Tiger Stadium and Wrigley Field to watch games. The man saw Babe Ruth play in person, so I respected the fact that he liked the way Mulliniks played the game.
I also managed to swap a 1981 Butch Hobson to someone for a 1978 Doug Ault card. 1977 had been Ault’s rookie card, but he had the great Topps All-Star Rookie trophy on that 1978 card after a solid rookie season with the Blue Jays. He is something of a Blue Jay legend for hitting two home runs in the first ever game the Jays played, on a snowy afternoon in April 1977. For every Doug Ault fan out there, there’s a Butch Hobson fan. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
I’m not sure what Topps could have done better with this promotion. I think they should be commended for helping us have some extra fun with the hobby and maybe relive a memory or two along the way. Where else can you make offbeat trades like this?
If you get a trade offer for some obscure Blue Jays legend from the 1980’s, it’s probably me trying to steal it from you.