Recently David Anton of Upper Deck was on the "That Sports Card Show" podcast talking about social media and a bit of ePack. They gave away a few (ten, I believe) #UDRAK maildays and I was fortunate enough to be selected. I saw tweets over the weekend that people had received them and I figured today was my day.
Sure enough, when I returned to my desk from my Monday meeting, two envelopes (I will post the other tomorrow) were on it. It doesn't matter if I'm at work, I always open bubble envelopes immediately.
The winners were contacted on ePack (you had to have an ID to win) and asked what we collect. I'm a Blackhawks guy and Upper Deck didn't disappoint. I don't know all the details of the distribution, but a signed Tyler Motte oversized Young Guns is a very cool piece to add to my collection. With the NHL Draft logo on it, I believe it was likely signed at the draft in Chicago this year.
I'm not sure exactly what the Marvel piece is. I will definitely give it to a friend for his son that's into the comic thing. A highly underappreciated item that companies send sometimes are pens. I work an office job and use them all the time. I also keep track of mine and there's no doubt that I will use this one until it's out of ink.
Finally, two packs of Series 1 were included. So far I've only purchased two blasters but I do want to complete the set. Hopefully inside is a handful of cards that I can use for my set.
YOUNG GUNS! They are 1:6 packs and I beat the odds here. While I really wanted to pull an Alex DeBrincat, I need this one for my set, making it a win. I also needed the Jakob Chychrun for my set. I can't complain at 25% cards I needed in a pack that I paid nothing for!
Not only did I beat the odds in pack one with the Young Guns, there was a Paul Martin Clear Cut Parallel in my second pack. Those are 1:72 packs and it's only the second one I've pulled from a pack. I opened three boxes last season and got one, falling right at the odds. In other good news, I needed the other seven cards for my set.
Thank you for the contest and the cards, The Sports Card Show, David and Upper Deck. While I may have some gripes time to time, I truly believe that none of the other card manufacturers comes anywhere close to taking care of their customers. Upper Deck's social media presence has a lot to do with it. You can disagree, it's just what I see. The others could, and should, learn from Upper Deck.
If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out. I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there. Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week). FREE CARDS! If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow. Happy collecting!