I like leading off posts with links, so it's unfortunate that Topps has just about torn down the Million Card Giveaway site. You can click that link, but it won't show much except a link to the Diamond Giveaway site. The deadline to enter codes was February 1st, and the deadline to request delivery was March 1. I was wheeling and dealing all the way up until the deadline, and requested delivery on March 1. I'll give Topps the benefit of the doubt that legions of other collectors also requested delivery that day, because I just today (April 15!) received a confirmation email with shipping information.
Here's my haul:
First, I've had an Ozzie collection for years, but didn't have the All-star cards for some reason, most likely economic as I would have been 16 or so and jobless the last time I really bought anything before late 2010. I traded for his All-Star and Record Breaker cards.
1981-BB-TS1-207-NA Ozzie Smith RB
1984-BB-TS1-389-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1985-BB-TS1-715-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1986-BB-TS1-704-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1987-BB-TS1-598-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1988-BB-TS1-400-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1989-BB-TS1-389-NA Ozzie Smith AS
1990-BB-TS1-400-NA Ozzie Smith AS
I overpaid (overtraded?) for the LaRussa rookie, but it's one I've wanted since even before he came to manage my beloved Cardinals. I offered a few commons for Dave McKay and Dave Duncan, which almost complete the LaRussa Coaching Cabal. Apologies to Jose Oquendo.
1964-BB-TS1-244-NA Tony LaRussa RC
1981-BB-TS1-461-NA Dave McKay RC
1968-BB-TS1-261-NA Dave Duncan
Gary Carter, Ray Knight, and John Orsino were 3 cards that I actually landed by code redemption, and I just never could complete a trade I felt was worthy of any of the cards.
1963-BB-TS1-418-NA John Orsino
1980-BB-TS1-174-NA Ray Knight
1982-BB-TS1-344-NA Gary Carter AS
All in all, I think I did pretty well. Hopefully when the cards come I'll find they're in great condition. And sorry to everyone I kept offering all my cards to for a 1952 Mantle.