Monday, January 30, 2017

Contest reminder!

Just a quick reminder that there's a contest going on, with some pre-war cardboard up for grabs!

Check it out --



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy New Blog ... the contest

Well folks, Happy New Year!

You'd never know it from this blog, but I am still actively collecting. I still read your blogs, and very much consider myself in the hobby. Through the second half of last year, I drifted away from Blue Jays and Joe Carter collecting. I grew my 1994 Collector's Choice set, but what I really focused on was my pre-war player collection. I've mentioned it a few times in the blog, but never really felt that this blog was the place to talk about pre-war baseball or my player collection.

But now there is a place to talk about it.
"It" really being Canadian baseball great, George 'Moon' Gibson.

London, Ontario born, Gibson starred with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1905-16. He was among the best of the best of Major League catchers from 1908-12 and starred in the 1909 World Series. In helping defeat the Detroit Tigers, he caught every inning for Pittsburgh. When the Pirates released him in 1916, John McGraw picked him up to play/coach with the New York Giants. After spending parts of two seasons with the Giants, Gibson would go on to manage and coach with stops in Toronto (IL), Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago and back to Pittsburgh. During his career, Gibson played with, and against, the who's who of pre-war baseball. Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Moredecai Brown, Tinkers, Evers and Chance, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and on and on. Put simply, he lived an incredible baseball life. It's for that reason I collect him, and for that reason, a blog dedicated to him was born. The blog won't focus only on baseball cards, but baseball in general -- all centred around Mr. Gibson. My hope is that with such a wide array of subjects to cover, I can maintain a simple one-post-per-week pace and keep the blog active and interesting for all to read.

If you want to check out what I've got so far, visit

Now if you're still with me, let's talk about the contest.
I don't have much content on the new blog yet, but it'll come.
And I'd like to start getting some followers.

So the goal of the contest is to do just that. The rules to entering are simple:

a.) Check out the new blog, and if you think you like what you see, follow the blog. I'm pretty sure the blogger dashboard will show me that you've entered, but a comment on this blog to make sure, would be appreciated.

b.) To gain an additional entry into the contest, blog about the new blog on your blog, including a link to this contest. Confirm you've done that by posting a link in the comments of this blog to your post.

c.) On February 5th, 2017 at 11:59:59.999999 Eastern, the contest will close.

d.) On February 6th, I will post the official list of entrants, accounting for each entry you've gained.

e.) On February 7th, I will enter all of the names into, randomize 7 times (once for each game of the 1909 WS), and the name occupying the number 1 spot on the list after those 7 times, will be declared the winner.

f.) One special note. If the new blog manages to attract 25 new followers through this contest, then I will add a second, also Gibson-related, prize, tbd. If a second prize is added, the first place winner (entrant at the top of the list) will get to choose which prize they'd prefer. The second prize will then be awarded to the entrant at the bottom of the random list, provided it's not the same as the entrant on the top. If the entrant on the bottom matches the entrant on the top, I'll go to the second-last, third-last, etc. until I find a different winner than the first place entrant.

It's that easy.

Wanna know what you're playing for?

This. It's a 1911 T205 Gold Border of none other than George Gibson. If you're not familiar with the set, you can learn about it over at Old Cardboard. To be honest, I'm pretty sure the card is slightly trimmed. However, I'm quite sure it's authentic, and still presents very well for being over 100 years old.

So what'ya say? Interested in a contest?