- You need to find every card of the 81 that has a flag as its first symbol. There could be anywhere from 1-81 of these (in actuality there are no more than 4)
- If you find cards of different colors, order them red, blue green.
- If you have 2 reds and a blue, then to get the reds in the right order, you look up the card number and collate by card number for the reds (order by number), then add the blue card
- If you have 3 red cards, then order from lowest to highest card number.
Once you have the flag symbol cards in order, then once again use your "L" Square location to find the appropriate letter on each card.
Repeat this process with each of the 27 symbols on Neshek's card. Again there are anywhere from 1-4 cards that will match that symbol
IMPORTANT: Some cards can be used more than once...meaning that maybe the 2nd and 14th symbol match up.
Once you have all of the symbols and its respective cards in the proper order, and have pulled the proper letter from each card, you should receive this message...
To win email a photo of you holding the odd man out card with big thumbs up. Well done codebreaker!
There you have it!
Mike: So there you have it. Just a wild 72 hour ride from start to finish to solve this year's Ginter code. I have seen some posting chastising Topps, who had promised to make this years code tougher than last year. This solution should demostrate that the code was indeed very challenging with several layers of puzzles. Some day I would like to have a beer with the guy who wrote it, because it really is pretty brilliant!
Both Nick and I were excited to share the news, but were met with a lot of skepticism (rightly so, since Topps auto-reply did not immediately change to say that the code had been solved). We were left to sit on our hands and wait it out for the rest of the work week until Topps finally confirmed that the code has officially been cracked. Then of course all hell broke loose and we have dedicated most of the weekend to preparing the solution for everybody to see. First, I hope it makes sense! Secondly, I just wanted to say thanks to all of those who wrote to congratulate us on our achievement. I never started this puzzle fully believing that we would ACTUALLY WIN, but our teamwork was just flawless, and I guess sometimes good things just happen! Thanks everybody!
Nick: What a weekend it was trying to solve the code. I actually called my hobby shop when I got the confirmation email from Topps and I swear he almost hung up on me because he thought I was full of crap! I've talked to several different collectors across the country who have asked me for hints, or to see if they were on the right track, and I've seen some funny stuff. One guy swore to me that the playing cards on the left side of the box were part of the code and represented certain players in the set (may be true, who knows!). A poster on Freedom Cardboard's forum (schmidtfan20) sent me a private message saying he got stuck after "Unravel it". He was sooo close to being on the right track!
I haven't heard from Topps yet, other than to tell me that I was the first and only person to solve it so far, and that someone would contact me regarding the code and the prize. I'm hoping they will let us make our way on to a card for next year's set (even though they aren't advertising that as a prize), and give both me and Mike a set of the autographs!
It was a great ride, thanks for reading, and remember feel free to comment and ask us questions if our directions aren't clear or you get stuck! Most of the scans should be found on eBay, but if there is one you can't find let me know and I can get it to you.
Bring on the 2010 Ginter Code!
Mike: I retire!