When I was researching citi cards in February, I found two threads where members described applying for a card blind, getting declined, getting an offer by mail, reapplying using the code and getting approved with essentially the same profile. Of course, there were the usual "pre approvals mean nothing" responses, but there you go.
In wallet: Ink Plus 10k, AMEX TE 25k. In bag: CSP 16k, USAA WMC 15k, Hyatt 13k, United MPE 12k, AMEX HHonors 3k. In SD: Cap 1 QS 5k, Discover IT 7k. FICO 08 says my EQ is now 844, was 510 in 2010.