Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Golden Giveaway card arrives

I'm not going to harp on how boring the 2012 Topps Golden Giveaway. I think most of us have mentioned how we would have preferred the format from the two years prior. You know, when you redeemed codes and got actual cards that you could trade. In this past year's format, you either got a limited edition die cut, or a fake coin. I hear 2013 is different as well, and that's more of a fantasy type game. I would enjoy going back to the old way, personally.

I was lucky enough to redeem a code and actually get a card...and a good one, too. I got a Reggie Jackson Angels card, which I flipped for Robinson Cano. Then I disappeared from collecting, and in my online portfolio it sat. But then I made the dumb choice to buy a blaster of Update, and I got a code card. I went to redeem it and remembered that I had a card sitting there!

Fearing that I would never visit the site again, I decided to spend the few bucks to have the Cano shipped to me. It just arrived, and while it's nice, I'm not overly impressed. These really feel like a Bowman Chrome insert to me, especially the design. Last year's cards were beautifully designed and played into the diamond motif. While there are gold parallels to these, nothing about the standard version screams "gold".

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice, thick card. It just feels like something I could have pulled from a pack and not a special promotion.

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