I finally got around to redeeming the five Diamond Giveaway cards I got in various rack packs and looseys. My loot from Topps' first giveaway experiment is on its way, so I should be able to show off some of that soon. I didn't have any major luck the first time around, my oldest card was a '68 I believe, and I redeemed like 20 or so codes. I did manage to trade for some stuff I really wanted, so it was worth it in the end. I hadn't seen anyone pull anything older than early '70s by the time I entered my first diamond codes (though I have seen a few '60s posted now). My first 5 cards:
1986 Buddy Biancalana
1993 Mitch Williams
2006 Brandon Claussen
1988 Rafael Belliard
1995 Kevin Seitzer
This time around, once you get up to 5, you get a bonus card and dig. If you notice the pattern above ('86-'93 is 7 years, '93-'06 is 13 years, and '88-'95 is 7 years), I would guess that my bonus 6th card is going to be something from 1995+13=2008. Let's see:
1967 Joel Horlen
One of the few times in life where I was way wrong and happy about it. It's not a huge hit by any means, but based on what I've seen so far, I'm ecstatic to pull a '67.
As for the dig feature, it's a neat bonus and adds a little depth to the whole concept, but I'm not sure I really get it. My six rings:
Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Redlegs (x2), Washington Senators.
Not bad; four of the six were old school teams. Once the trading is available, I'll hopefully be able to trade my virtual Redlegs double for something else that has no meaning other than I can look at it on the internet. Like I said, I don't fully get it.