Saturday, November 5, 2016

No Purchase Necessary

I've been sick since Thursday and I'm starting to feel better now that I've had plenty of rest but I wanted to highlight today's today mail day.  Today I received my first ever "No Purchase Necessary" card.

If you aren't aware, on every package of cards is a list of insert/parallel cards and for Topps products, the odds of receiving those cards.  By law, the trading card companies are required to offer the purchaser a chance to win those cards.  The same rules apply to other products that give you the chance to win something by buying a certain product.

To date, I've submitted 17 entries for NPN cards.  I do not keep track of when the drawings occur because I'd rather be surprised instead of checking my mail after the drawing occurs.  So it's possible that out of the 17 entries  not all of them have had their drawings.

With all that said, what did I win??

A base card of 2016 Bowman.  Even though it is just a base card, at least Topps protected the card well.  A toploader, penny sleeve, and sticker are likely worth more than the card itself.  This was a base card I needed so I can't be too disappointed.  Rather than breaking out the card, I think I'll keep it secured as a memento for my first NPN win.

I wanted to add that even if you don't buy new packs of cards there is a great website that tracks most of the NPN entries.  Head over to NPN Cards to find out all the details for how to enter.


  1. Can't say I have ever bothered with entering the "No Purchase Necessary" draws...but might be worth a second look...congrats, even if it was a base, nice it filled a need.

    1. For the price of a postage stamp, it's worth a shot!

  2. Upper Deck has the best ones. They are all done online. No postage!I used to have great success but no more

  3. I sent off roughly 18 NPNs earlier this year for everything from Bowman to Topps to Panini, nothing yet, but IIRC a bunch of the drawings weren't taking place until about this time of the year.