So you are asking yourself what the heck does NPN mean?? Basically “no purchase necessary” It is a way card companies get away with offering cards at an extreme ratio. So say autographs are listed 1 out of every 3400 pack of cards.  That is a form of lottery and and they must follow the “lottery law” They must offer a way where no purchase is necessary so they usually give you an address to mail and you fill out a 3×5 index card (along with a stamp of course)  with your address for a chance at a card at no charge outside of postage.   Also due to Canadian laws residents of Canada are also required to answer a math question also included.  ( unsure if you really have to get the math question right just a way to make it legal)

One thing though Upper Deck has gone one step ahead and listed their NPN’s online so you don’t have to mail in.  You still have debate how many times you can enter either one a day or one period.  I have heard people entered once a day and still got something one thing is for sure I would make sure not to enter more than once in the same day just to make sure that doesn’t automatically disqualify yourself.


What kinda card can you get?  Pretty much anything related to that collection of cards you sent the NPN in.   Really no guarantee at all it’s a crap shoot really.

Panini has told me first hand that they do not offer NPNs for products that are guaranteed hits guessing they are talking about products like National Treasures or Flawless as an example.

Also unsure if sending to hobby and retail of the same product disqualifies you or not.  I have personally had results saying you can but maybe other times you get disqualified?  Maybe the book keeping they do or don’t do helps you sneak by and other times you get busted? Again I don’t know for sure.  All depends if you think it is worth gambling even more or not.