The new 2015 Bunt Update is here along with some absolutely amazing looking base cards! Packs are limited right now to White, Green and Red. If you purchase a coin bundle, you will receive access to higher level cards, special inserts and early access packs.
Along with the release of a new version of the App and the new cards, they’ve released several new features and tips:
How PTS work
TIPS columns are daily posts to inform you about the many functions and features in Topps Bunt. Check the news feed daily, or tap TIPS on the news feed to see past stories like this.
First off, why earn points, or PTS? In addition to the collecting and trading cards to complete sets, Bunt allows you to “play” your cards. If you play a card, and the player on the card performs well on the diamond, you will earn PTS. Earning PTS gives you bragging rights, it allows you to move up on the Leaderboard, and occasionally, earning PTS unlocks big reward payouts, like Awards and even Coins!
Player cards will earn points based on the scoring system in Bunt. Scoring will only be applied to MLB games.
Scoring Stats For Hitters:
Fly out: -15 pts
Ground out: -15 pts
Ground into Double Play (GIDP): additional -30 pts
Strikeout (K): -20 pts
Fielder’s Choice: -10 pts
Run: +20 pts
Walk (BB): +15 pts
Hit by Pitch (HBP): +10 pts
Sacrifice Fly: +20 pts
Sacrifice Bunt: +20 pts
Single (1B): +15 pts
Double (2B): +30 pts
Triple (3B): +45 pts
Home Run (HR): +150 pts
Run batted in (RBI): +30 pts
Stolen Base (SB): +35 pts
Caught Stealing (CS): -35 pts
Scoring Stats For Pitchers:
Out: +10 pts
Strikeout: +5 (added to the +10 for an out for total of +15)
Walk Allowed (BB): -10 pts
Single Allowed (1B): -10 pts
Double Allowed (2B): -20 pts
Triple Allowed (3B): -30 pts
Home Run Allowed (HR): -50 pts
Runs Allowed: -10 pts
Wild Pitch: -20 pts
Balk: -50 pts
Scoring Stats For Fielders:
Putouts: +1 pts
Assist: +1 pts
Double play turned (all players involved): +10 pts
Triple play turned (all players involved): +50 pts
Caught Stealing: +30 pts
Passed Ball: -5
Scoring Boots by Position:
– OF/CF/LF/RF: +50 pts
– 1B: +5 pts
– 2B/SS: +10 pts
– 3B: +15 pts
– OF/CF/LF/RF: +15 pts
– P: -10 pts
– 1B: -10 pts
– OF/CF/LF/RF: -15 pts
Batter Display Stats:
AB – At Bats
H – Hits
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SB – Stolen Bases
OPS – On-base Plus Slugging
Pitchers display stats:
IP – Innings Pitched
W – Wings
L – Losses
SV – Saves
SO – Strike Outs
ERA – Earned Run Average
How the News Feed Works:
Every day is different. Get a fresh perspective on what’s going on both on the field and around Bunt. Chase, collect, and rule the trading market with special, limited-edition cards. Unlock awards and unlock bragging rights. But don’t forget game day. Set your lineups, take chances on young players, and cheer on your starting nine Bunt cards as they do battle on the diamond.
From recaps of and scoring big points to others being relegated to the bench, the NEWS is your source for player tips, game updates, and team information. The news is also your home for finding out what is going on in Bunt. You’ll need to know when your favorite player is going to be available in packs or what awards are set to be chased down. Everyday you should log in to find out if a new contest, player or award has been added to Bunt.
The NEWS is set up in reverse chronological order like your favorite sport blogs with the most recent news right up at the top.
If a new item is really important, we will pin it to the top of the news feed. Pinned stories are MUST-reads for any fan playing Bunt. Throughout the day several news stories will be pinned to the top of the news and you should check back for the latest goings on in Bunt.
To get the full scoop on a news item tap anywhere on the article photo for the full story view. From the full story view you can share your thoughts on the news item and with other fans in Bunt. Please keep it cordial and follow our community guidelines for making posts or you will receive a time out. Three time outs will result in an indefinite suspension. When commenting you can click “Read the Rules” to review the community policy.
There is also a TIPS button on the top left of the black navigation bar. In tips you get all the inside information and explanations on how Bunt works as we progress through the season.
Unlock awards, earn coins, and get bragging rights. Awards are digital badges that are difficult to unlock, but important to your overall standing in the Bunt community. Collecting complete team sets, finding super-rare limited-edition cards, and owning cards whose players do amazing things on the gridiron earn awards.
Some Awards are persistent and can always be unlocked. But be on the lookout, some Awards are only available for the limited time.
Awards are unlocked and earned in numerous ways. The most common way to unlock Awards is to complete a team set. For instance, the 2015 Base Series 1 White award is earned by collecting all 2015 Base Series 1 White parallel cards. For collecting all White and Green parallel cards in the 2015 Base Series 1, you’ll earn the 2015 Base Series 1 Green award.
Other Awards require you to collect and own special super-rare cards at the right time. To learn more about how to earn a specific Award, go to HOME, tap AWARDS, and tap any AWARD on the sheet.
Awards allow you to show off your Bunt skills. Become the first fan of your team to unlock all currently available Awards. Share it and brag about it on Facebook and Twitter. And generally demonstrate to the world your unique knowledge of the sport and your trading savvy.
Some Awards also earn you coins. The more coins you earn, the more packs you can rip open, and the more cards you can collect, play and trade.
Awards are unlocked and earned in numerous ways. The most common way to unlock Awards is to complete a team set. For instance, the Detroit Award is unlocked only if you collect and own all Detroit cards currently available in Bunt. There are a ton of Awards to chase for all sorts of fans, avid collectors and PTS chasers alike.
How to Get Coins
Coins are the primary currency in Bunt. Coins can be earned as well as purchased. Coins can then be used to purchase card packets to acquire new cards.
Coins to your account in a few ways. First, you can earn Coins with Bunt activity.
Here are some ways to earn Coins:
– Open the app and login each day for a daily bonus
– Sign up with Facebook
– Finish in the top 25 of a Contest
– Watch TapJoy advertisements
– Share an article or an Award to Facebook or Twitter
– Share an article or an Award through Email or SMS
– Have your friends join by using your FAN NAME as a referral code
– Many, many more activities to earn Coins each day!
The most common and effective way to earn Coins is to visit the app each day. Each day you will earn a Daily Login Bonus of 10,000 Coins. If you login seven consecutive days, you’ll earn 10,000 Coins for each day AND you’ll earn an additional 15,000 Coin bonus on the seventh day!
You can also earn Coins using TapJoy offers. Simply visit STORE, tap GET COINS, scroll to the bottom, and tap GET FREE COINS NOW!
Finally, you can purchase Coins. To purchase Coins, visit HOME, tap STORE, and tap GET COINS. There are often special offers on Coins, including discounts and extra coins per bundle, so check back daily. You must have an Apple App Store account to purchase coins packs via the Apple App Store.
Coins packs come in the following denominations:
125,000 (+10% bonus) $24.99
How to Buy Cards
Cards and coin packs are available via the STORE in Bunt. Card packs are available in pack denominations of 1, 3 and 5 cards for base cards. There will also be special packs available in the store for super rare and super cool items in Bunt.
Packs are purchased using coins. Spending time in Bunt, committing certain actions or participating in contests will help a fan earn coins. Coins may also be purchased via Apple’s App Store. In-app purchases are handled via Apple’s App Store. Fans will need Apple app store ID’s to make a purchase. Here are some tips for buying cards.
Know Your Series
Each pack of cards draws from a particular pool of player cards. These cards are released in series, like Series 1, Series 2, etc. Each pack will list which series of cards that it draws from.
Know Your NFS
Certain cards are “NFS,” or Not For Sale. This means the cards have yet to be released. This means that NFS can only be obtained by waiting for it to be put on sale (for cards yet to be released) or through trading (for cards already released and sold out). You will not be able to obtain NFS cards from card packs in the STORE. This also applies for cards that are listed as LIMITED.
You may see cards that are listed as COMING SOON as well. That may be a sneak peek we’re giving you at something we’re planning on releasing shortly, or something that was previously in packs or used as an award that will return at a later date.
Know Your Inserts
Certain card packs come with special insert cards. These can be super-rare cards released in the Series. For instance, Series 2 contains Derek Jeter No. 400, which is SUPER-RARE. Most packs will list the special inserts that are included in the packs.
Know Your Odds
Certain packs might be more expensive than others. Usually, these packs are more expensive because they contain more cards, or odds for special inserts are better, or both. For example, a pack containing 3 cards will be more expensive than a pack containing 1 card. Additionally, a pack where a special insert card has a 1 in 10 chance of pulling it will typically be more expensive than a pack with a 1 in 100 chance of pulling that same insert card.
Know The Boards
Read up on TRADE TALK or in the article comments to understand what others are pulling. Some packs might feel luckier than others.
Cards in Bunt are primarily used to earn PTS and help you climb the leader boards. Cards are also part of different collections of cards that help you earn awards. Awards allow a fan to earn coins and add items to their awards case.
How Player PTS Work
The player profile tells fan everything they need to know about that player in Bunt. You’ll notice some cards score differently than others. Each player has five base cards, each with a different color frame. The five levels represent a different multiplier. Base cards with a white frame do not have any added scoring to them.
Listed on a player profile is:
Parallel – Parallel lets a fan know how rare or special a player card is in Bunt. The more rare a card is the more valuable it is for a trade.
There are five parallels in Bunt:
Gold – most difficult to pull in card packs. Score at 2.0x rate.
Blue – second most difficult to pull in cards packs but easier that Super Rare. Score at 1.7x rate
Red – third most difficult to pull in card packs but easier than Super Rare or Scarce. Score at 1.5x rate.
Green – second easiest to pull in card packs but harder than common. Score at 1.2x rate.
White – easiest and most common cards to pull in card packs.
Card number – each card in Bunt will have unique card number.
Player performance and games chart – Players recent form and team games will be displayed via the player form chart. Fans can scroll their finger across the chart to view a player’s recent performances and PTS scored.
Avg game PTS – How many PTS a player scores per game this season, and how that ranks amongst all other players.
Season PTS – How many PTS a player has accumulated this season, and how that ranks amongst all other players.
How it work: A heat index algorithm is run on each player. It is based on the last 3 games that their team played. The points that the player earned in the most recent game is weighted 50%, the middle game 30%, and the oldest game, 20%. This weighted average of daily points earned is their heat index number.
Refer to the How to Play cards you received in your first Topps Bunt pack for a quick reminder!
Who’s Who in Topps Bunt?
While you’ll undoubtedly see a number of fan names frequently popping up in comment threads somewhat frequently, there are also a handful of Topps employees who enjoy chatting with the fans, getting their feedback and ideas or stopping by just to talk baseball.
These friendly folks are the people behind Bunt and should be considered the best source for answers to any pressing inquiries you may have. So you can familiarize yourself, we’ve listed them below. If you see them chatting up some fans, be sure to say hi!
TOPPSMIKE – Mike is the Bunt App Producer, and happily presides over Bunt Nation. A big Yankees fan with a big hear, Mike loves hosting mini-events in Bunt, such as trivia, live-chats and Q&A sessions that help the fans get a better understanding of the game.
TOPPSHANFORD – Hanford joins Mike in 2015 as our newest App Producer. A Mariners/Yankees/Mets fan, he is an equalizer of team allegiances amongst the Topps Digital department. Hanford’s greatest passions in baseball consist of top prospects, knuckleballs, and all aspects of the game’s history.
TOPPSCHRIS – The genius behind the curtain, TOPPSCHRIS works as the general of the Topps Digital staff. A Mets fan through and through, Chris lets Mike handle the chatter more often than not as he’s busy at work coming up with the next big thing in BUNT and HUDDLE.
TOPPSIAN – The wizard behind some of the wildest pack ideas any Topps App has ever seen, TOPPSIAN prides himself on bringing something new to the store in Bunt, Huddle, Kick and Star Wars Card Trader as much as humanly possible. Ian, like TOPPSCORMACK, is a massive White Sox fan and will trade you pretty much anything for a cool Alexei Ramirez or Chris Sale card.
TOPPSCORMACK – Similar to Chris, TOPPSCORMACK helps in the development of all three apps. Like TOPPSIAN, TOPPSCORMACK is an avid White Sox fan from the Second City. He likes to spend as much time as he can joking around with fans when he’s not busy building features. When TOPPSMIKE says he’s not sure about something, this is the first person he runs to for answers.
TOPPSLARRY – Though you’re more likely to find him going to great superstitious lengths to root on his precious Manchester City in Topps Kick, TOPPSLARRY’s zany antics have certainly rubbed off on the rest of the digital team. A wearer of many hats, TOPPSLARRY juggles his Topps Kick duties with helping TOPPSCORMACK develop new features.
TOPPSNEIL – Hailing from Detroit, TOPPSNEIL is the Art Director of the Topps Digital team. Neil is a huge Tigers fan and loves all things Miguel Cabrera.
You can make trades via the TRADES section and trade up to 9 cards in a single transaction. Trading with your fellow fans is the lifeblood of Bunt. Offering trades for your favorite players to other fans is the fun and free way to build up your card collection. All trades in Bunt are with real people inside Bunt.
Robots don’t play baseball, and they don’t trade cards either! Engage, chat, and trade with your friends or baseball foes, not with bots or simulators, using Trade Talk and Trades. Trades are where a fan makes their reputation. Made fair, good and helpful trades to other fans and you’ll have no trouble managing your team. Bunt fans should come into Bunt every day to find out if they have new trade offers or to make new trades.
For every trade either accepted or declined, you’ll be able to rate your fellow fan. These ratings will accumulate into your TRADER RATING, which will be displayed on your homepage, in any future trades and whenever you comment on an article.
You must be signed in and have a verified account to engage in trading in Bunt.
My Trades is where you can view all the trades you have offered to other fans and any trade offers that have been made to you. The MY TRADES section is designed to easily scroll through with your finger. If you would like to act on a trade in your MY TRADES view, tap on the trade and accept, decline or counter the trade.
Countering the trade allows you to create a new trade with the existing players still listed and gives you the opportunity to edit the trade more to your liking. Remember, every trade is a negotiation and its best to leave comments even when you are declining a trade. The more you participate and the better a trader you are, the more likely you are to have successful trades.
Accepted trades will add players to your collection immediately.
The MY TRADES view has lots of important information displayed about an individual trade.
GET – Listed are the players your team will receive in the trade. There may be up to three players offered.
NEED IT – If a player in a trade has a small yellow “NEED IT” flag on the player card image, that means that you do not own that card in the trade.
GIVE – Listed are the players your team will send to another team in the trade. There may be up to nine players offered.
There are multiple ways to access the TRADE screen in Bunt. To view outstanding offers, you’ll see TRADES in the middle of your home page. It’s sorted by “Pending” and “To Rate.” “Pending” is the amount of trades that are waiting your decision. “To rate” are completed offers, either accepted or declined, that require a decision that will affect your fellow fan’s TRADER RATING.
Immediately after opening a pack, you can choose “Trade” on the bottom of the screen. There, you will be asked if you want to trade that card away or try to acquire another copy of it. From there, Bunt will take you to the trade screen, and you will be able to drag and drop cards you are willing to give up to acquire another card.
Hit NEXT to advance to a screen full of fans who currently have that card. You can offer the trade to up to five fans, but once one is accepted, all others will automatically be cancelled.
You can view another fan’s cards and choose any of their cards you would like to try to make a deal for by viewing them on their fan home page. The first step is to choose the player cards you want to GET. You can create a trade for any available player card in BUNT.
You can select up to nine cards in the GET screen. Use the sort button to narrow down the player view so you can easily find your target player. The next step is to select the player you are willing to GIVE up in the trade. The player list displayed will be all the cards you already own.
You can select up to nine players to move along to another team. You may edit either side of your trade by tapping GIVE or GET and adding or removing players from your proposed deal.
Once you’ve got your partners lined up you have the option of adding a comment to your trade before sending. This is your chance to make your case for why a fan should accept your trade.
You may also initiate the trade screen from any player card profile view by tapping trade on the back of their card. TRADE TALK is where fans post the player cards they are looking for in a trade. Think of it like as a bazaar where everyone gathers to talk about what they have to sell or to just browse and see what is for sale. You can initiate a TRADE from the trade talk by tapping the fan profile image in their trade talk post and selected OFFER TRADE.
After tapping OFFER TRADE you will be in the TRADE screen where you can select the player you would like to trade for from another fan profile.
Remember to keep trade talk clean and abide by our community policy. Before your first post you must read and accept our community policy. Failure to comply with our rules inside Bunt will result in time out or lead to indefinite suspensions.
Trades may be in several states:
ACCEPTED – trades that have been accepted.
PENDING – when a trade is pending a timer displaying how long that trade is available will be displayed. All trades are PENDING for 24 hours.
DECLINED – the trade offer has been either declined by you or the fan the trade was offered to.
VOIDED – trades are voided when the player cards in that trade have been accepted in a separate trade. For instance… if you send out 5 trades trading Cazorla for Hazard and one fan accepts it, the four remaining trades will be voided.
OFFERED BY – Fan names with a yellow flag indicate that a trade was offered to you.
SORT – There are several sort options for trades to help fans see what trades are new, what trades are pending and trades from just friends. You can also sort by newest or last modified offers.
Entering a Contest
New for 2015, Contests are an extension of how you used to play for PTS. Now, you can join a specific Contest based on a number of variables, and compete against a segment of fans to win packs, coins and cards!
Here’s how it works:
Contest Name: This is the contest you will be joining. Tell your friends where you will be beating them!
Coin Price: If you are ready for some real-competitive action, there are pay-for-entry contests. If you don’t want to compete with the heavy-hitters, that’s okay! There will always be FREE contests to join as well.
Entries and Fans:
– Entries lets you know the total number of fans who have joined the contest listed.
– Fans per group lets you know how many fans will be competing for individual prizes in the contest. For example, if their are 150 entries with 10 fans per group, that would mean we’ll be creating 15 groups with 10 fans each. If their was just 1 prize for the winner of the group, that means there will be just fifteen winners.
Games: Lets you know how many total games will be scored in the contest.
Days: The number of days the contest will run for. The number of days is based on when the games played in the contest are scheduled.
Top Prize: Wanna know what you win if you finish first in your group? Top prize will let you know if it is a card or coins
Decks: Every contest a fan is in, needs its own deck. Decks are groups of cards a fan selects based on the eligible cards for a particular contest. But remember, a card may only be in ONE DECK AT A TIME and may not be traded if it is in a deck.
Rules: Every contest has rules. Rules govern what cards you can use to score PTS in a contest.
– The BOOST limit tells you the total value of BOOST you can have in your card deck. A gold card is 2x and counts a 2 against your boost limit – a white card is a 1 and counts as 1
– The DUPLICATE limit is the number of copies of a single card you can have in your contest deck
– The PLAY limit is the total number of plays allowed during the contest. PLAYS will not regenerate in Bunt 2015.
Games: This is the game center for your contest. All the games eligible to earn PTS in the contest are listed.
Fan Feed: Each contest has its own fan feed. Only fans in the contest will be eligible to chat in the contest fan feed.
Eligible Cards: Lets you know what cards in your collection are eligible to earn PTS based on the rules of the contest you are in.
Prizes: Lists all the rewards for the contest you are in. Contest rewards may be cards, coins or packs. Some contest may earn rewards based on total PTS.
Videos for Beginners
Here are some helpful videos from the 2014 season. Some are a bit outdated, but should still be helpful. I will update these as soon as I can!