Saturday, July 19, 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 92: Dunn at Last


I think I mentioned this a few times before, but I have been working on the Power Players Code partial parallel set for 2014 Topps. It's a 220-card set, with 110 cards from each series. The cards have codes on the backs which can be registered at the Power Players website and activated for a chance to win various prizes.

Out of the 110 cards in each series, there are 55 cards found only in Hobby packs and 55 cards found only in retail packs. The Hobby cards were relatively easy to get as the case breakers would offer them on eBay as a set within a few days of the product release. No one breaks Retail in bulk, though, so that portion of each series had to be put together piecemeal. Adam Dunn and Alex Wood were the last couple of holdouts for me in completing the set. I finally got the Alex Wood card when a handful of them were put up on eBay at around the same time. The Dunn card proved scarce, but I got it as part of a lot, as that was the only copy to show up on eBay for about a week. It wasn't available on Sportlots or JustCommons, either. Believe me, I was checking.

Anyone who completes the full set will be entered in a drawing to win one of five sets of autographed Power Player cards. I don't know how many cards are in the set or who the signers are, which I suppose is a little concerning. But hopefully it is an awesome prize. The leaderboard on the Power Players website leads me to believe that 20-30 people have completed the set or are within a few cards of completing it. I figure a 5 in 30 chance at a set of autographed cards is a pretty good shot. I have won 3 Gold parallel cards through entering my codes on the website, but I haven't ordered them in yet. There are a few up on eBay now. It looks like they have a Refractor-style gold finish, sort of like the Gold parallels in the 2014 Topps Archives set. They are also numbered out of 75, which is actually better than I was expecting out of that prize.

Now that I have the set completed, I just have to sit and wait until October 1st to see if I won any big prizes. I hate waiting.

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