The National: Day 3.5

For those not in the know, or for those that haven’t been to the National, every full day, Blowout Cards hosted a raffle based giveaway for various prizes ranging from unopened boxes, to ping-pong balls redeemable for various cases, and finally on Saturday the grand giveaway for a ticket to Panini’s VIP party. Anybody could ask for a raffle before the giveaways, and the tickets counted every day – so hold onto your tickets all weekend next year!

…that being said, on Saturday we joined up with Mel, Rich, and eventually Kevin before the final raffle of this year’s Nationals. Just prior to the giveaway Blowout tweeted that anybody who came up to their booth and showed the tweet would receive a VIP raffle ticket good for Panini’s black tie event. We both got their in time for one, which was sweet.

Finally, 3 P.M. rolls around and they start pulling numbers, and adding to the prizes when tickets went unclaimed. The first prize gets called several times, and finally someone walked away with the box of gold fish crackers, and a box or two of NFL products. They called the next number and someone walked away with Topps products, including a t-shirt.  The final non-ping pong ball giveaway, I sat down near JWT to take a load off my feet, and as if by fluke our number got called! He said I nearly blew his ear drum out screaming “BINGO!”. Here’s a little of what we won:

    • 2015/16 Panini Clear Vision box. Not too much here, but a lower #/d Drew Brees relic. This did qualify for their pack redemption program. More on that later.
    • Uncut National special sheets of a Civil War set, and one dedicated to captured mobsters. Very cool – but could have came with a Ultra-pro holder..


    • A box of Bazooka gum that we gifted to a kid in the crowd.
    • A handful Onyx prospects each numbered to #/10. Brendan Rodgers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Dansby Swanson are the clear leaders so far. No Twins. :(.

    • “Some wrestling auto thing” – their quote not ours. Nobody special here.
    • Tristar authenticated random NFL signature – we ended up with Vikings’ Chuck Foreman signed photo. Perfect.

After the final ping-pong ball drawing we stuck around to hear if one of us won the grand Panini VIP prize, but quickly were disqualified as they called a low 100s number – ours were in the high 200s. Of course the person was on site, and naturally super excited. We didn’t want to have to fight over which one of us went anyway – though it would have been an awesome honeymoon present. No dice.

So we took our Clear Vision to the Panini booth for the wrapper redemption and after quite a wait were handed our three packs. We may have complained about the non-moving line, but it was well worth the wait:

Even if we’re not much of bouncy-ball fans, this was a great pull! Day four, and some stuffs we broke over the past two months soon!

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