I waited very impatiently today for UPS to show up at my door, and finally, at about 3:15 p.m., the brown truck arrived with my haul from the Topps Diamond Giveaway. Here's what I was pleased to find:
After a LARGE number of trades, I managed to get my hands on a Cubs team set from the die cut set, which I was very proud of. The cards you would expect to be easy to get were easy to get, but the Castro, Banks, and Sandberg cards took quite a bit of effort. Like everyone who has seen these has said, they look good on the computer, but FANTASTIC in person. WELL worth all the effort it took to trade for these.
I knew the Robinson and Maris cards would be a challenge, and they were, but I did not expect for the Hamilton to be as hard as it was. I actually had one early on, but traded it for my Sandberg, and had the worst time trying to get one back. Hamilton RARELY has a bad looking card, and the full view of the name and number on the back of his jersey was a great looking shot.
(Note: these things are NOT easy to get back into the penny sleeves after taking them out to scan)
I also got a few cards from the early '80s of players I like, as well as some Cubs from the '60s and '70s.
My free pack was from 1980. I was expecting '87 or '88, so something from earlier was a great find. I won't scan in all the commons, but here's the best of what was in my pack.
Three hall-of-famers. Not bad at all.
I also got the special "Diamond Edition" set, or whatever it's called. Not sure whether to open it, put it in a binder, or sell it on ebay.
I had a lot of fun with the Diamond Giveaway. With so fewer cards on the Golden Giveaway, it won't be quite the same, but as soon as I can actually unlock a few, we'll see how it goes.