August 1, 2015

The Winner Of My 800,000 Readers Contest Is...

Before announcing the winner of my 800,000 readers contest, here's a complete look at what I gave away. Some of these are certainly "junk" but some are some nice hits. We begin with the non-baseball cards.

And here are the pitcher relics and autographs.

Here are the non-pitcher autos and relics that could actually have career home-run stats.

Here are some of the best cards including the Hall of Fame relic I promised, a Roberto Alomar relic from his time with the Cleveland Indians. 

Here are all the entries we for the contest with guesses ranging from 1 to 4,468 career home runs listed on the back of these cards.

It turned out that only three of the relic cards had career home run stats..and here they are .

So in total with have

61 + 27 + 69 = 157 total career home runs listed. 

This puts The Junior Junkie with his Price Is Right style guess of 1 off by 156 home runs and dominicfdny's guess of 362 off by 205 home runs. This makes The Junior Junkie the winner of these big stacks of cards! Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!

July 26, 2015

Reminder! My 800,000 Readers Contest Ends Tonight!

Enter to win a big stack of relics and autographs. Read THIS POST for the rules and answer the question in the comments for a chance to win.  

July 24, 2015

Finding A Toploader For My Andy Pafko Cigarette Advertisement

This past weekend at my local card show I stumbled upon a seller who was selling the largest toploader I had ever seen. Toploaders are, of course, usually slightly larger than the dimension of a standard baseball cards [4" x 3" to hold 3" x 2" cards] but this bad boy is 20" x 16.5" and comfortably holds my issue of The Sporting News from 1950 that features a full-page advertisement of my favorite player, Andy Pafko, endorsing Chesterfields Cigarettes. I was so happy to find this as I was struggling to find a good storage solution for this that didn't involve framing. 

Although I have looked at the ad many times I only just noticed that Andy is subtly flicking you off as he holds the Chesterfields box. This will certainly be my avatar for the foreseeable future!

I think Alec Baldwin and Glengarry Glenn Ross need to apologize to Chesterfield for stealing their A-B-C slogans! Although it did give us one of the best SNL Christmas skits that would have been perfect with a better performance.

July 22, 2015

800K Readers Contest - Win Some Autographs And Relics!

It's been quite some time since I had a proper contest on the blog and with the blog passing 800,000 visitors on Tuesday I figured let's find a new home for some of my relics and autographs that I don't want anymore. And it's not all crap, there are many cards of All-Stars and one relic is for a Hall of Famer. Plus the rest could make some nice trade bait or a mixed lot for eBay if you are so inclined.

In total the winner will receive 40 cards...the only non-autograph/jersey/bat relic in the group is the red bordered Peterson /199 which is a $5 card all day long [as they say on Pawn Stars]...that is if you can find a sucker to buy it.

To win this stack, leave a comment below with the total number of career home runs listed on the backs of all the cards. The person coming the closest to the correct number will win the stack. 

Here are a few points to help you in making your estimates:

  • In adding up the totals I will use the career total number of home runs on each of the cards that include hitting stats. 
  • Along with the Peterson card there is one basketball autograph and one non-sport relic so only 37 cards could possibly have home run stats listed. Furthermore, of those 37 cards, 13 are relics/autographs for pitchers. 
  • Typically relic cards don't have stats on the back but a few do. Maybe take a random sampling of your relic cards to see how often this sort of thing happens. 

The contest will run through the rest of the week, ending on Sunday, July 26th at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced Monday, July 27th. 

July 21, 2015

#ShowYourHits From This Past Weekend's Card Show

This past weekend's card show found Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I playing the $10 Challenge [and recording a podcast] but those weren't the only cards I came away let me #showyoumyhits.  These cards turned out to be a little Braves and Twins heavy with a Senator thrown in there for good measure. 

2012 Topps Five Star #FSA-DU Dan Uggla Autograph #007/150
I love the fonts used in the Prime Cuts series. I love a busy card.

2012 Playoff Prime Cuts #10 Frank Howard Jersey Relic #23/49

2012 Playoff Prime Cuts #20 Paul Molitor Bat Relic #73/99
I collect the commemorative patches but somehow I missed that they did hat logo patches as well.

2010 Topps #MHR-105 Warren Spahn Hat Logo #83/99

2015 Panini Gypsy Queen #GQR-JM Joe Mauer Jersey Relic
I once saw Josh Willingham hit a game winning homer in the bottom of the 9th when he played for the Twins so I'm pretty much have to a fan for life. Here's an article about the game.

2013 Panini Prizm Baseball #JW Josh Willingham Autograph  

These hits are pretty decent but my collection does have some duds and so in honor of my blog passing 800,000 visitors I'm going to be giving away a bunch of relics and autographs. The contest rules will be in my next post so check back often. Here's what's up for grabs...on the right are autographs and on the left bats/jersey relics.

July 20, 2015

My Ghostbusters 2 Sketch Card From @TwitchWasHere

This card looks like a standard Ghostbusters 2 card featuring the ghost of Tony Scoleri from the courtroom scene. The sentence the judges gives activates the Mood Slime and brings back the Scoleri if I need to remind you of the story line of Ghostbusters 2!

Turn that card over and you'll find a secret sketch card of Peter Venkman drawn by everyone's favorite late night tweeter Lonestarr/@TwitchWasHere. He was selling some sketch cards on eBay a little while ago and I took a liking to this one as the red bar around the ghost in the Ghostbusters logo makes Venkman look slightly like a circus clown with a bright red nose.

The Trading Card Preservation Society Takes The $10 Card Show Challenge

In the latest episode of the Trading Card Preservation Society, Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I both took part $10 Card Show Challenge in which we both tried to find the best possible cards for just $10. We talked about each card on the podcast but we thought it would be best to show them on the blog so you can really compare our cards. 

We'll begin with Dave's cards which were made up of four items. 

1. A couple Yaz 3D Kellogg's minis

2. A Wacky Packages unmarked checklist.

3. A Wilt Chamberlain 1971-72 Topps

4. A complete Superman III set...with Richard Pryor rookie cards!

How could I even try to compete with all that for $10?!? That's a good question. Here are my three cards.

1 A 1966 Topps Bob Uecker [with traded sentence on the back]

These last two were 50% off the list price so I' was still under the $10 limit. 

2. Fred Lynn bat relic. 

3. Bill Lee Fan Favorites autograph.

So who got the better deal? Leave a comment below with your winner!

Find the Trading Card Preservation Society on iTunes HERE

July 19, 2015

Tangential Pack Searching

The last time I went to the East Cobb County card show in North Atlanta I decided to dip my toe into the world of pack searching. One of the sellers had guaranteed hit packs that if you opened them there you could actually get some of your money back if it didn't have the hit.

I picked this 2015 Donruss Value Pack for $8. These are $5.00 by themselves and so you are essentially paying $3.00 for a lottery scratcher ticket in the form of  a relic card. So let's see what I got!

It's a bat relic from the Best Beard In Baseball [BBIB] Evan Gattis. He's having another solid year this time with the Astros who got him in a trade with the Braves in the off season.

2015 Panini Donruss Bat Kings #3 Evan Gattis Bat Relic