In 2011, Topps celebrated 60 years of making baseball cards by hosting a huge Diamond Giveaway Promotion that involved collectors pulling code cards out of packs, redeeming them online, and collecting/trading virtual cards with other collectors. At least... that's what I took from reading this article at the Cardboard Connection: Topps Diamond Giveaway Goes Live.
I wish I could share my personal experience from this program, but the problem is... I rarely bust any new products. I'm sure I've opened a few packs of 2011 Topps baseball, but it most likely after this program had expired.
However... I do remember all of the hype surrounding the 2011 Topps Black Diamond Diecuts which were serial numbered to 60. They were very popular and prices were so outrageous that I didn't bother trying to obtain singles for my collection.
Fast forward six years to a few weeks ago. That's when Jason over at Clyde's Stale Cards reached out to me and asked me if I was interested in the Tony Gwynn from this set. After a few emails... it finally arrived in all of its glory:
2011 Topps Black Diamond Diecut #DDC75 (#'d 58/60)
This is one of those cards that doesn't scan very well. At least not on my scanner. You truly cannot appreciate this card's beauty unless you're holding it in your hands. This card is thick, shiny, beautiful, and fairly scarce depending on your point of view.
Historically prices of diamonds have held their value over the years, so I'm very excited to finally get my hands on this card. Although this card's value doesn't really matter to me... because like Shirley Bassey says... diamonds are forever... which means this card will be part of my collection for the long run.
In addition to this sweet addition to my Tony Gwynn PC... Jason also generously sent me these three unopened packs:
I've never seen these before, but they're 2012 and 2013 Bandai Owner's League packs. Normally, I'd tear into these... but I decided to keep them sealed and add them to my Japanese Baseball Card Pack Collection.
Thank you so much Jason for these awesome additions to my collection! You never responded back with your Paypal account, so I went out and picked up a few nice cards for your Matt Williams collection.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!