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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.


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Topps expands wrapper redemption to retail

Posted Jun 1, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 05:56 PM

If you have participated in Topps’ Gold Rush Wrapper redemption program before, you know that it only applied to hobby and jumbo wrappers.

For Series 2 baseball, Topps is expanding the program to include retail wrappers. And that is good news for those collectors who buy solo packs or blaster boxes.

But you have to follow directions carefully if you want to receive a five-card cellophane pack of Gold Rush cards. The five cards will be part of a set that includes 50 new subjects and selected autographs from players like Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and Ken Griffey Jr., to name a few.

Here’s what you do. To get the five-card pack, send in 50 hobby wrappers, or 14 HTA jumbo wrappers, or 50 retail wrappers (from 12-card packs only) from Topps Series 2. There will be 10,000 five-card packs available for retail in addition to the 10,000 hobby packs.

All packages most be postmarked no earlier than June 6, 2012.

Hobby and retail packages must be packaged and sent to Topps separately —  you can’t mix and match (you can’t send 25 hobby wrappers with 25 retail wrappers, for example. They will be rejected.). Make sure you write “hobby” or “retail” on the outside of the package.

There is a limit of 10 five-card packs per household. And of course, the program is valid while supplies last.

Packages should be sent to this address:

Gold Rush
P.O. Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642

It’s a perfect incentive to pick up some extra cards at relatively little cost.

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