Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tim Hortons 2007 Gift Cards

2007 Tim Cards/Envelope Covers 

As of December 30, 2007, Tim Hortons had 3221 system-wide restaurants, including 2,823 in Canada and 398 in the United States.
October 25, 2007 - Tim Hortons officially launched "Tim Card" across Canada
USA Original Tim Cards Not "Officially" Released Til Early 2008
Gift Certificates Still Available
CDN and USA Monetary Value on cards are Denoted by a "C" at the End of Canadian VL numbers and a "U" at the end of USA VL Numbers
All Cards and Envelope Covers in 2007 have a dash between VL and Numbers i.e. VL-0000 and DO NOT have a Bar Code

2007 Series
VL- Allocation Notes
Tim Hortons
USA VL-4414U Only
Tim Hortons
VL-4372C VL-4373C VL-4414U

2007 English Introduction How To Get Started New QuickPay Tim Card Instructions
2007 French Introduction How To Get Started New QuickPay Tim Card Instructions

2007 USA  Introduction How To Get Started New QuickPay Tim Card Instructions -English Version was used in Both Canada and the USA

No Release
NO ROLL UP The Rim Prize CARDS RELEASED IN 2007! - Cash Prizes Only!
Roll UP The Rim Contest Ran February 26th, 2007 Before First Tim Cards Were Released in October of this year
2007 Original Brown Cup Tim Card Notes

The Very First "Core" or "Flag" Tim Card!
Only One Type of Card Was Released in 2007 and is Referred to as the Original Brown Cup Card By Collectors   

Core Cards are specific integral branding company gift cards that are utilized to promote the company logo, brand 
and/or its products and are easily identifiable to their customers

Canadian English VL4372C           French Canadian VL4373C             USA VL4414U

 All Cards and Envelope Covers in 2007 HAVE a Dash In VL i.e. VL-0000 and DO NOT HAVE a Bar Code
 CDN and USA Monetary Value on cards are Denoted by a "C" at the End of Canadian VL numbers and a "U" at the end of USA VL Numbers
Two Colour Variations have been found for the 2007 Original Brown Cup Card 
Brown and a Reddish Brown
Series 6040 Notes
Two Seres Numbers Exist for the USA Brown Cup Card Only! 6040 Series and 6041 Series                                                                                                                                                                
Two Different Pin Box Types have been found for the 6040 Series USA CARD                                                                                                                                        
1) Squiggly Pin Box    2)  Skinny Rippled Pin Box

One Kandahar Airfield Card has been identified as Released in 2007
The Tim Hortons Kandahar Deployment Ran from 2006 to December 31, 2011


6040 Series 2007 Release 1 USA Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly Pin Box Series Run 6040 993

6040 Series 2007 Release 1 USA Kandahar Airfield Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Rippled Pin Box Series Run 6040 9951


6040 Series 2007 Release 2 USA Brown Coffee Cup Type 2  Rippled Pin Box Series Run 6040 9959
Series 6041 Note
Only one pin box was found on the USA 6041 Series Tim Cards

6041 Series 2007 Release 3 USA Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly pin box Series Run 6041 001 

6041 Series 2007 Release 3 USA Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly pin box Series Run 6041 002

Canadian English Card Notes
NO CDN English or French 2007 Brown Cup Cards were ever Found with the 6040 Series                                                                                                                      3 Different Pin Box Types Exist for the CDN English 2007 Tim Card
Type 1) Squiggly Pin Box 
Type 2) Rippled Pin Box Series - 4 Variations of this pin box type have been found
Type 3) Wavy Pin box Series

Type 2 Pin Box Notes
4 Variations of the CDN English Type 2 Rippled Pin box Have Been Found
1) Rounded Rippled Pin Box light lines 
2} Rounded Rippled Pin Box Dark Lines
3} Squared Rippled Pin Box 
4) Long Rippled Pin Box

6041 Series 2007 Release 1 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variation 4 Long Rippled  Pin box Series 6041 01

6041 Series 2007 Release 2 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 3 Wavy Pin box Series 6041 02



6041 Series 2007  Release 3 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variaition 1 Rounded Rippled Pin Box light lines Series 6041 04

6041 Series 2007  Release 3  CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variaition 1 Rounded Rippled Pin Box light lines Series 6041 05

6041 Series 2007  Release 3  CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variation 1 Rounded Rippled Pin Box light lines  Series 6041 06

6041 Series 2007 Release 4  CDN EN  Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly pin box Series Run 6041 074

6041 Series 2007  Release 5  CDN EN Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly Pin Box  *Longer Squiggly Pin Box  Series Run 6041 077 

6041 Series 2007  Release 6 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variation 1 Rounded Rippled Pin Box light lines  Series 6041 08

6041 Series 2007  Release 7  CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 3 Wavy Pin box Series 6041 09

6041 Series 2007  Release 8  CDN EN Brown Coffee Cup Type 1 Squiggly Pin Box    Series Run 6041 102 to 6041 103

6041 Series 2007 Release 9 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variation 2  Rounded Rippled Pin Box Dark Lines  Series 6041 1096

6041 Series 2007  Release 10  CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2  Variation 3 Squared Rippled Pin Box Series  6041 1099

6041 Series 2007 Release 11 CDN EN Brown  Cup Type 2 Variation 2  Rounded Rippled Pin Box Dark Lines  Series Series 6041 11
French Card Notes
Only one Type of Pin Box has been found on the  CDN Carte Tims Cards However, Variations in Pin Box Size and Two Tim Card Series Runs have been identified on this card 

6041 Series 2007 Release 1 Can FR Brown Coffee Cup Carte Tim Type 1 Squiggly pin box *Slightly Thicker Squiggly Pin box Series Run 6041 114 

6041 Series 2007 Release 2 Can FR Brown Coffee Cup  Carte Tim Type 1 Squiggly pin box Series Run 6041 116 to 6041 119

6041 Series 2007 Release 2 Can FR Brown Coffee Cup Carte Tim Type 1 Squiggly pin box Series Run 6041 12

True Set 1
The English Long Squiggly Pin Box Series 6041 matches with the French Long Squiggly Pin Box Series 6041 creating a true matching Canadian Set

True Set 2
The USA Long Squiggly Pin Box Series 6040 matches with the second USA Release Pm Box Series 6041 Long Squiggly Pin Box creating a true matching USA Set

The Canadian and USA True Sets Match Each Other To Create a 4 Card True Set!
True Set 1 and True Set 2 all have the same Pin Boxes Creating a 4 card True Set
6040 Series 2007 USA Brown Cup With Tim card Logo Top Left - 1) squiggly Pin Box Series 6040 993 No bar code     
6041 Series 2007 USA Brown Cup With Tim card Logo Top Left - Squiggly pin box - No bar code                                    
6041 Series 2007 Can En  Brown  Cup With Tim card Logo Top Left Type 1) squiggly Pin Box Series 6041 07  No bar code   
6041 Series 2007 Can FR Brown Coffee Cup With Tim card Logo Top Left - Squiggly pin box- No barcode

Why Don't all the Pin Boxes Have Matching True Sets?
In the Early Years there were not as many French Canadian Stores or USA Stores as there were Canadian English Stores. So the ratio of Canadian English Tim Cards vs French Carte Tims or USA Cards will always be significantly higher and Releases more frequent.  It is speculated the Different Circulation Runs Used Different Pin Tape Rolls
Generally there is at least one True Matching Set when a New Card is Released and where there is a Canadian English, Canadian French and USA Version Card where the Pin boxes Do Match Each other for Each New Card Set Released. This has been proven constant to current date

Break in VL Numbers

Envelope Notes
Annual Companion Gift Card Covers
Gift Card envelopes that match or accompany the gift cards released create a mini sub set when combined together. Just like gift cards some envelope covers are rarer than others and were only released for a very short time to accompany the gift card and because of that are well sought after by many collectors

Recording Matching Companion Items on the VL/FD List
In the earlier years gift card envelope covers have a VL/FD number just like the gift cards and are recognized and recorded for tracking purposes by collectors whether they collect them or not to fill in blank holes within the full VL/FD Listing to verify a Tim Card was not released in this opening

Two Different Envelope Covers were Released in 2007


2007 CA EN Brown Coffee Can Logo Gift Card Cover
2007 CA FR Brown Coffee Can Logo Gift Card Cover

2007 USA Brown Coffee Can  Logo Gift Card Cover  - Not Found Should Exist It is Unclear if CDN EN Was used in USA
Break in VL Numbers


2007 CDN EN Red with Gold Snowflakes Cover
2007  CDN FR  Red with Gold Snowflakes Cove - Not Found Should Exist

2007  USA  Red with Gold Snowflakes Cover - Not Found It is Unclear if this USA Envelope Exists as the Tim Card Program Did Not Launch until early 2008 in USA

2007 Christmas Tobogan Cup!
This particular cup caused quite a stir as Tim Hortons chose to put a helmet on the Toboganer
The Gold Snow Flakes on the Top of cup Matches the gold Snow Flakes on the Envelope Cover!

In 2007 Everyone at Corporate Head Office Received One Customized Tim Hortons Timopoly At Christmas!

2007 Coffee Mug!

2008 Coffee Card Blog:

2007 Tim Cards and Envelope Covers

No Release
No Release
2007 Roll Up The Rim Tim Cards -Contest Ran Before Tim Cards Introduced
No Series Number
2007 English How To Get Started Tim Card Instructions 
No Series Number
2007 French How to Get Started Tim Card Instructions
No Series Number
2007 USA How To Get Started Tim Card Instructions -Same as CDN English
Series 6040 - Only USA cards released with this Series Number
Series 6040 993
2007 USA Brown Cup Squiggly Pin
Series 6040 9951
2007 USA Kandahar Airfield Brown Cup Rippled Pin
Series 6040 9959
2007 USA Brown Cup Rippled Pin
Series 6041
Series 6041 001
2007 USA Brown Cup Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 002
2007 USA Brown Cup Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 01
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Long Rippled Pin
Series 6041 02
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Wavy Pin
Series 6041 03
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup -Pin Type Not Known -Check Your Cards To Update -This Is The ONLY Series Run and Pin Type Not Known In 2007
Series 6041 04
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin
Series 6041 05
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin
Series 6041 06
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin
Series 6041 074
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Squiggly Pin

Series 6041 077
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Longer Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 08
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin Light Lines
Series 6041 09
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Wavy Pin
Series 6041 102 to
Series 6041 103
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 1096
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin -Dark Lines
Series 6041 1099
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup - Squared Rippled Pin
Series 6041 11 
2007 CDN EN Brown Cup Rounded Rippled Pin -Dark Lines
Series 6041 114
2007 CDN FR 2007 Brown Cup *Slightly Thicker Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 119
2007 CDN FR 2007 Brown Cup Squiggly Pin
Series 6041 12
2007 CDN FR 2007 Brown Cup Carte Tim Squiggly Pin
2007 Envelopes
No Series Number
 2007 CA EN Brown Logo Gift Card Envelope Cover
No Series Number
 2007 CA FR Brown Logo Gift Card Envelope Cover
2007 USA Brown Logo Gift Card Envelope Cover
No Series Number
2007 CDN EN Red/Gold Snowflakes Christmas Gift Card Envelope Cover
 2007 CDN FR Red/Gold Snowflakes Gift Card Envelope Cover -–VL Unknown But Should Exist
2007 USA Red/Gold Snowflakes Gift Card Envelope Cover

Tim Card Collecting 101
Gift Card Collecting, similar to Sport Card, Stamp or Coin Collecting Started with Phone cards and has progessed into Gift Card Collecting and is for sheer enjoyment and entertainment purposes to collect and catalog the Tim Cards and Collectible Companion Merchandise Released by Tim Hortons

 Definition of Terms
Tim Cards
What are they?
Tim Cards are Tim Hortons name for their company branding gift cards

Collectibles: an item valued and sought by collectors. 

Limited Edition: limited to a specific number of copies of the gift card Released 

Special Edition: an edition of a Gift Card that differs from the usual format, especially in concentrating on one particularly important Promotion 

Exclusive Edition:  Limited to Area Concerned

Commemorative: The gift card commemorates a specific event 

Seasonal: A gift card that is released at specific times of the calendar year ie. Spring Summer Fall winter Christmas 

Annual: Carefully selected subjects pertinent to company programs and directives Ie. Timbits hockey, timbits soccer, Childrens foundation 

Annual Editions: Updated on a regular ongoing basis during and through a continuous amount of time 

Sports Team Cards Sponsorship Cards: To show partnership and sponsorship support for a specific team with a co-branding leading to a specific fan/customer base while co-branding and advertising 

Hanger or “Break Away” Cards: Card hangers conveniently hang on display near a cash or check out area and are used widely in Grocery and Drug stores simplifying merchandising and providing added promotional sales for the supplier Just like a regular stand-alone in-store cards, the card portion of the hanger is scored to easily detach or snap the card from and can include a bar code or magnetic stripe Hanger cards come in different forms including Plastic Snap hangers, paper backed hangers, snap key chain cards and schedules 

Fast Cards Starting 2016 Tim Hortons officially changed the name of Hanger Cards to Fast Cards in direct planning to their Omni Channel Marketing for online tim cards

Error Cards: Typeset Flaws, inadvertently made by manufacturer during the production run process often limited cards released as it is corrected when found 

Tim Card Variations: A gift Card variation is a different or distinct form or version of something. of the same kind. In Tim Hortons Tim Cards this can be found in gift card colours, Series numbers and Pin Boxes utilised within the same VL/FD code of the same card 

Pin Box Variants -Pin Box Variants Like Series Numbers are a way to identify different types of pin boxes utilising runs of the same card within a specific VL/FD Number and Series run

True Sets Often the same Pin box can be found for each card type (Canadian English, Canadian French, USA) to create True Collectors Sets 

Colour Variations made during the production run during the manufacturer’s production run process where set colour guidelines are used within a specific of what is considered the norm 

Series Numbers: The first four digits of the Tim Card Code 

Series Runs: Any cards numbered beyond the first four digits of the Series numbers on the Tim cards utilised to locate a specific card ie. Pin Box, Type, errors or colour variants within card runs 

Identifying Series and Series Runs on Specific Cards is a standard practise in the gift card collecting hobby By Using this practice Tim cards and can be utilised in several ways 
1) Filling in questionable gaps in the VL/FD list 
2) Verifying and ensuring we have not missed a card released during the year 
3) Expanding an existing collection by series variants 
4) Identifying Specific Cards in a specific Series Run Release 

Filling in Questionable Gaps in the VL/FD List Generally in the early years from 2007 to 2015 Tim Hortons would release a Canadian English, a Canadian French and USA version of the same card 
Each card would have a specific VL/FD number attached to it to identify these particular specifications specifically 
Often there were holes in the VL/FD list that left collectors wondering -have we missed a card? 

Verifying and Ensuring we have not missed a card released during the year To verify with no uncertainty we have missed a card released to be collected and to fill in gaps on the VL/FD list we also follow the tim card numbers by the first four digits and call them Series Numbers 
So each time the first four digits on the tim card number on the top of the card increases a digit it is deemed a new series variant of the same card with the same VL/FD number for tracking purposes - in essence filling in the gaps to verify that indeed we did not miss a card released! 

Expanding an Existing Collection by Series Variants Collectors often collect the different Series Numbers on the Same Cards Released in their Collections as Place marks to follow the VL/FD list and in doing so they expand their collections past the original VL/FD number of one specific type of card creating sub-collections with the variant Series Numbers 
This has been utilised very highly in the White Cup - Brown Cup Categories of different Annual Store "Flag" or "Core" Cards re-released over and over every year   So in essence by collecting the same cards by series numbers with the same VL/FD numbers you can collect all the Series Numbered cards in this category increasing the amount of cards in your collection while filling in questionable gaps of actual cards released by VL/FD Number 

Identifying Specific Cards in a Specific Series Run Release Identifying Specific Cards in a Specific Series Run Release is a very efficient and effective way to locate and find with uncertainty a specific type or variation of card by identifying the First 6 Digits of the Tim Card Series Run Number 
By tracking a card by the first 6 digits of the tim card number you can locate specific variant pin boxes, error cards or even specific runs of cards to locate a specific colour of tim cards released

Gift Card Companion Items
Collecting Gift Cards is much like collecting anything. When you specialise in one company’s gift cards You'll find many easy to find common gift cards or items that everyone seems to have and then there are those really rare obscure hard to find cards and items that everyone is after and searching for that actually add interest or have some form of significance or add value to overall collections when combined These unusual hard-to-find gift cards and accompanying items like matching Envelope Covers, Cup Sleeves  and Cups that all match for a specific release create sub sets or mini collections within an existing overall collection

Companion Collectibles are Recognised as an Individual Set
If there is an item that matches or co-ordinates with a gift card and can be combined into a set this creates a sub collectible category within your existing .collection.  So If you just collect gift cards it should be noted if a matching or accompanying envelope, cup sleeve or cup matches the gift card.  Attaining the matching gift card cover or other matching items "may" add value or significance to your overall collection as they are recognised as an individual set to collectors   Taken out of an existing Collection they stand alone and are recognised as an existing set or mini collection upon themselves

Other Notable Companion and Co-Related Collectibles Recognised and Sought After by Tim Card and Tims Collectors!
Often as a supplemental to a collection small Companion Tims items or Co-related non Tims items will be added if they are relevant to a collector and the collection as a whole Often overlapping and combining into different collectible categories
Very Often Companion Items help explain or define WHY WHEN or WHERE and For WHAT Purpose a SPECIFIC Gift Card was Released and allows you to get the basic/necessary information to provide the complete story for its purpose