April 28, 2016

Birthday Contest Winner!


In total we had 22 entries for my Birthday Contest, which was about half as many as we needed to activate the bonus prizes so instead of adding 20 1960's and earlier cards, I will add 10 cards 
to the prize pool!

We had a lot of great entries sharing stories of trading cards gifts that we have received in the past. Here are some of the entries:

Twitch
Happy birthday and thanks for the contest! My very first cards (as far as I can remember) were seven packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball from a kid named James on my seventh birthday (in 1992).
Sports Card Collectors
My first cards were 1994-1995 Topps hockey which my father and I.opened up in a grocery store parking lot (remember when cards were sold there) even though we didn't watch hockey. It was a fun bust and was one of many we did like that. All I remember was pulling some shiny ones. Forgot to mention these were memorable for my birthday being my first packs and something my father and I began to bond over. Have a great birthday.
Adam Sanders
Happy birthday! As far as gifts go, I spent about a week in children's hospital with a really bad illness in second grade and once I was released, my mom bought be a box of 1993 Donruss as a get well present.
Daniel Wilson
Happy birthday! I remember getting a box of 1991 Upper Deck baseball for Christmas one year from my parents. I pulled the Michael Jordan SP card and was super excited!
John Hazen
Happy Birthday. Wife bought me 2015 Bowman blasters for a pre-Birthday sure why not.
JediJeff
I tend to only get cards when I buy them myself. I believe the last time I got cards for any occasion not purchased by myself was a few Christmases ago in my stocking. A couple packs of whatever Topps product was still on the shelf - Update I think.
defgav
Thanks for the contest!I recall getting a small lot of 80s Reggie Jackson cards as a birthday gift when I was a kid. He was the first guy I really collected, so it was pretty cool.
The Lost Collector
Nice! So many to choose from. I got cards a lot for special occasions. I have to go with Christmas 1998 when my Grandma got me the set of Danbury Mint gold Yankee cards. I remember looking at her in disbelief saying "Nonna....." The set actually was only half complete, as the rest were delivered a few at a time over the next few months.
night owl
I always wanted cards in my Easter basket and never got them, so there's my gift disappointment.
For positive card-gift remembrances, I'll go with when I was 9 and I got sick and had to go to the doctor. Afterward my dad and I stopped at the drug store to fill the prescription and I got a pack of '75 Topps cards and a candy bar. I'm so old they don't make that kind of candy bar anymore, but I really liked it.
mike
I have three specific times, and briefly, they were:1) Christmas 1987 I got the Christmas version complete set of 1987 Topps from the Hook's Drugs down the street. I was the man in class when school came back because I not only had both McGwire and Canseco, but the Wally Joyner and Bo Jackson cards!2) For my birthday in 1992, my dad bought me a stack of Series I and Series II Fleer Ultra baseball. He gave them to me at a Red Lobster and I opened them right at the table. All 20-some packs of them! I got a Roger Clemens insert and couldn't have been happier.3) For Christmas in 1989, my uncle bought us all 1989 Donruss wax boxes, and more importantly, gave us autographs of some guy we had never heard of but was his son's roommate at Eastern Michigan University. I still have the card, a 1989 Fleer John Smoltz autographed card. He's still my all-time favorite non-Cub.
Captain Canuck
I could mention all of the fellow bloggers who I have received gifted cards from, but that would take too long. Same goes for the local collectors who meet up for trade night at one of the local shops. Too many again.That's the greatest thing about this hobby.
If you want specifics, then how about the box of Gypsy Queen I got last week for my birthday?
Corky
In 2003 I was going through a seizure study so I was in the hospital for a week and bed bound so my spirits were running very low and my wife (now ex wife) brought our 3 year old son to visit and she brought me a box of 2003 SP Game Used Edition football all to surprise me and my son sat in bed with me and we opened packs together.
Stealing Home
By coincidence I just received a gift of cards from a friend. They were some cheap repacks that were a massive disappointment as far as the cards went. But a nce gesture from a friend. Happy Birthdaaaayyyyyy!!!
deal
Favorite Card gift is from when my girlfriend (now wife) was working abroad for several months including my b-day. She picked up some packs of 2007 Heritage before she left and had a friend of hers mail them w/ a card when My birthday came up. In an era (not that long ago) by before decent phone coverage and Skype it was a fun gift to receive. 
AdamE
Two years ago I got cards for father's day. It was the first time I got cards as a gift since I was a kid.
Adam Kaningher
My dad got me a 1959 Topps Robin Roberts. I maybe 10 or 11, my little punk self complained about the centering. But it's still in my collection, and it remained my oldest card for a long, long time.
Wilson
A gift I got when I was probably 10 or 11, and still have, was a wooden trading card box with a hinged lid and my name on the top. It's just about the size of an 800-count box, so it can't hold a huge portion of my collection, but it's a nice box to reserve for special cards.
Jafronius
The Wifey included a repack tin amongst my birthday gifts one year. Target had it on clearance because the plastic wrapping was removed, but it was still sealed. It was the first time I had opened a repack and the first time I was given cards for an occasion. The big advertisement on the tin was that it included a Ken Griffey Jr gold insert. 
Happy birthday and thanks for the contest!
Mikejoepap
Happy Birthday -when I was 12, my grandfather gave me a stack of cards that he had sitting on his shelf. They sat there my whole life, but he would never let me touch them. Then he gave them to me and I took the rubber band off (yup, I know) and it was a stack of about 25 cards, all 1959 Topps including Mickey Mantle & Al Kaline. Since then, I started working in the set. Only 2 more cards to go! 
Cameron Towe
Every birthday i get a hobby box of cards. I love it and cant wait to rip it open!
Reader Unknown
When I was young I would the baseball cards (Topps). I would eat the gum and give the cards away. Didn't have a clue about collecting or saving my cards....but anyway Happy BirthdayšŸŽ¶šŸŽµšŸŽ¶♩šŸŽ¹šŸŽ¤ 2 u!!!
Robert Adams
When I was younger I would buy baseball cards, I would eat the gum and give the cards to my friends. I didn't have a clue about collecting baseball cards or that they would be collectibles, but anyway Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday šŸŽµšŸŽ¶šŸŽµšŸŽ¶šŸŽ¹šŸŽ¤ 2 U!!!!!
So here are the list of entries.



I went to random.org and generated random number between 2 and 23.

This makes Sports Card Collectors (who is @SportCardCollec on Twitter) the big winner! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered and shared their great stories!