We Were Cheating In 1992

We Were Cheating In 1992

1992 Topps was my last year exclusively collecting baseball, near the end of the year I had started taking a big interest in hockey and hockey cards. The 1992 Topps baseball set has a lot of nostalgia for me, especially the Topps Match The Status Game cards. Through a friend’s older brother, we discovered a way to cheat the game.

All of my old 1992 Topps base cards gone. I am sure they got donated in one of the many moves over the past 15 years. Over the summer I picked up a rak-pak box on eBay for less than $20. I spent the last week opening it up, sorting, and writing up a want list for the remaining missing cards.

Each rak-pak comes with three Topps Match The Stats Game cards. I immediately remembered how my friends and I used to cheat the game, send in the winning card and get a 1992 Topps Gold Winner cello pack in the mail.

These game cards were printed on very thin card stock. The silver scratch-off foil was also very thin. This thin combination would allow a decent flash light pressed to the back to expose the winning choices. I was able to use my phone’s flash light to cheat the game.

Hey, look– I won!

We did this for most of the summer of 1992; Buy packs. Cheat. Get cards in the mail.

Unfortunately, 1992 Topps Gold Winner cards didn’t retain much value. At one point I had almost two sets worth of winners. All that remains today is about 75% of a complete set.

It’s too bad these expired in 1993, I would love to send a few in to finish my set.

Did anyone else use this trick?

Author: BaseCardHero

Ryan is a baseball card dork and developer. He has been collecting cards since he was six starting with 1988 Score. Reigning from Minnesota, he is an avid Minnesota sports fan.

4 thoughts on “We Were Cheating In 1992”

  1. I’ve often heard about how they had to print billions more of the Winners cards because of this flaw. First time I’ve seen the actual game cards. Neato!

    1. I can see billions being printed… You can still easily get the cello packs on eBay for pretty cheap. If it wasn’t for the game cards, I probably wouldn’t have much of an attachment to 1992 Topps.

      Thanks for reading.

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