Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And the survey says...

Alright, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for.

Can you feel the excitement?
 
Is the anticipation too much to bear?
 
Should I show the prize again just to remind everyone what they're playing for?
 
Okay.


There it is. A 1911 T205 Gold Border George Gibson with a red Sweet Caporal Cigarettes back.

How about a drumroll?

Nah, I don't now how to type that.

Maybe I should make a speech?

Okay, well at the very least, I'd like to thank those of you that participated in the contest and are following the new blog. I'm really hoping to do a better job of posting to it regularly. I realize the content is a little older than what most baseball card blogs blog about, but I hope that's okay. With any luck, I'll develop some writing skills along the way and be able to keep folks engaged in the topics I'm writing about.

Anyway, who am I kidding? Nobody is reading all this crap, you're all just going to scroll past and look for a list of names, am I right?
 
Okay, so let's get to it.

As promised, the list was entered into random.org and randomized 7 times, one for each game of the 1909 World Series.

Here are the results:

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. NeedMoreCardboard
  2. Dave
  3. Mike Matson
  4. Kevin Papoy
  5. Matthew Scott
  6. Al
Timestamp: 2017-02-07 11:52:43 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

So there you have it! Congratulations Andrew!
Hit me up through the contact form on the blog and send me your mailing address and all that, so that I can get this card out into the mail.

Thanks again everyone!

Richard.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The show must go on!

This contest sure got off to a bumpy start. The new "dynamic" layout that I tried really wasn't conducive to "following". Thanks to Mike for pointing that out and helping me sort it out.

Then yesterday at some point, the new blog's domain went into "suspended" mode. I have no idea when that even happened, and it's still not fixed. I'm working with the dudes that I registered that domain with to get it resolved. What a pain.

Oh well, the show must go on!

So per my original "rules", today I'm posting the list of everyone that entered, and their number of entries. The new blog has 6 followers (5 who commented in the contest thread; one who commented on the new blog). In no particular order, each of the folks listed below gets one entry into the "draw", to be held tomorrow:

Dave
Matthew Scott
Al
Mike Matson
NeedMoreCardboard
Kevin Papoy

Stay tuned!

Richard.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Last call! And some cardboard.

So for starters, the contest ends tonight!
Is it a bad idea to do this on the night of Super Bowl? Probably.
But if you're not already too far into a plate of nachos, some wings and the beverage of your choice, then it's not too late to enter.
Actually, even if you're well into all of those things, but you haven't entered, it might not be too late.

Right now, entrants have a 1-in-6 chance of walking away with an authentic T205 of Canadian great George Gibson.

And now that you're here, and I'm writing a post anyway, how about some cardboard?

Admittedly, my Carter collection has slowed down lately. I haven't really had the desire to spend money on it, and have been busy with the project linked to above. Despite that, I do still have my saved search for Joe Carter, and every now and again something pops up on it that at least catches my attention.

Such was the case about mid-way through 2016. What caught my attention was this: 


For those that don't know about this set, it's 1994 Post Canadian.The cards were available in Post-branded cereal. It's an 18 card set, but also includes a "gold" parallel of card number 1 (Joe Carter), and an autographed version of the gold parallel as well, making the true complete set 20 cards.

Of course, there was a catch. The autographed Carter card was the "chase" card, limited to only 1,000 (minuscule by 1994 standards), and put in there to jointly taunt little kids and have them beg their parents to keep buying sugary Alpha-Bits and whatever else.

Anyway, there has been a version of this card on eBay off-and-on for years, listed for around $200. Like the 1994 version in cereal boxes, it's been out there taunting me, and likely other Carter collectors as well. There for the taking, but at a price point that's outside of most comfort zones (or so I assume based on the number of times it's been re-listed).

And then that day happened. This card was listed with a BIN of $14.95. I looked at it only long enough to see that it was still in the cellophane, didn't look at my shipping options, and BIN'd it immediately. The seller didn't ship to Canada, so I routed this to my COMC mailbox and kinda forgot about it until recently when I shipped a bunch of stuff from my COMC mailbox.

It's finds like these that keep me on the fence about what to do with my Carter collection.

Thanks for reading!

Richard.