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?

By 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 replies on “We Were Cheating In 1992”

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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