I placed one of those barely serious bids on ebay a little while back on a lot of 10 redemptions from Topps Archives that could be traded in for foil-wrapped vintage cards. I did not look too carefully at them or I may not have done it. I did not realize you had to trade them in within a two week period. Luckily there is a card shop nearby that participated in the promotion so Monday morning I went over there. I was pretty disappointed that he was holding all of the foil-wrapped vintage cards for people who pulled the cards in his store, but he did let me trade one in.
Well, after opening the package, I found that I got the exact type of card I would have been looking for in the first place. I had one shot at getting something reasonable and BEHOLD:
1957 Topps Tom Brewer. What are the odds? I had one shot and I not only pulled a Red Sox card, but a card from 1957. It does not matter that I could not redeem all of those cards. This one card is well worth it.
I also bought the factory team set from 2012 while I was there. I figured I needed to spend something while there.
I was pretty happy.