Monday, January 14, 2019

9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Division Round Wrap Up



Well I'd say we had a great weekend of football, but most of those games were one sided and mostly finished in the first half.  Although the Saints - Eagles game sure did a 180.

We only lost 4 this round and most of the picks still have a viable Super Bowl match up.  Alright good luck everybody and thanks for playing.  I'll have another update after the Conference Championships.

John Sharp - Patriots over the Eagles, 50 points 5 FGs.

Greg Zakwin - Chargers over Rams, 55 points, 3 field goals

Brett Alan -Chiefs over Rams, 61 points, 4 FGs.

GCA - Patriots over Saints, 48 points, 4 FGs.

The Angels In Order - Rams over Pats, 63 points, 5 FG.

Adam KaningherJ - Chiefs over Saints, 44 points, 3 FGs

Fuji - Cowboys over Chiefs, 50 Points, 5 FGs

John Miller - Saints over Chiefs. 87 points, 1 field goal.

ketchupman36 - Pats over Saints, 64 points, 3 FGs

bbcardz - Rams over Patriots, 48 points, 4 field goals PIMP

Nachos Grande - Patriots over Saints, 55 points, 2 field goals

KMack - Saints over Patriots, 54 points, 4 FG's

Unknown - Chargers over the Cowboys 38 points, 1 field goal (who is this??)

Vrooomed - Chiefs over Rams, 65 points, 3 FGs.

Matt Stupienski - Saints over Patriots, 62 points, 3 FG's

CaptKirk42 - Rams over Chargers,  48 points 6 FGs

Jeff S - Rams over Chiefs - 61 pts - 4 FGs

PapaG321 - Chiefs over Saints , 59 points , 5 FG's

Trevor P - Saints over Chargers, 54 points, 4 FG

Jafronius - Patriots over Saints, 58 points, 5 FGs.

TSHenson - Rams over Chiefs, 103 points, 4 field goals

Sportzcommish - Cowboys over Brady, I mean, the Patsies, aka Patriots; 58 points; 3 FGs.

night owl - Saints beat the Pats. 66 points. 5 field goals.

Dion's IP Autos only - Chiefs over Rams 58 points 3 field goals

Sunday, January 13, 2019

9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Official Entries



Sorry for the delay.  We had 23 entries into this year's contest.  I'm still working on finding something other than a stack of cards for the winner, I'll find something, maybe.  Regardless the winner will recieve a nice stack of cards (base, inserts, maybe even some relics and autos) of the team of their choice (as long as it's not the Packers.) 

If you promoted the contest via your blog or social media you'll see a PIMP by your entry.  Right now I have only one PIMP out there, but if you promoted the contest and I missed you please leave a comment and a link to the promotion please and I'll make sure you get an extra entry into the door prize drawing.

Also someone submitted a pick as UNKNOWN,  you'll see the pick highlighted in bold red below, if that was you please let me know who I should attribute that pick to, but as I right this it doesn't look good for the Chargers anyways.

Alright here are our 23 official picks, let me know if you see any mistakes and I'll have an update later today or tomorrow morning with this weekends results.


John Sharp - Patriots over the Eagles, 50 points 5 FGs.

Greg Zakwin - Chargers over Rams, 55 points, 3 field goals

Brett Alan -Chiefs over Rams, 61 points, 4 FGs.

GCA - Patriots over Saints, 48 points, 4 FGs.

The Angels In Order - Rams over Pats, 63 points, 5 FG.

Adam KaningherJ - Chiefs over Saints, 44 points, 3 FGs

Fuji - Cowboys over Chiefs, 50 Points, 5 FGs

John Miller - Saints over Chiefs. 87 points, 1 field goal.

ketchupman36 - Pats over Saints, 64 points, 3 FGs

bbcardz - Rams over Patriots, 48 points, 4 field goals PIMP

Nachos Grande - Patriots over Saints, 55 points, 2 field goals

KMack - Saints over Patriots, 54 points, 4 FG's

Unknown - Chargers over the Cowboys 38 points, 1 field goal (who is this??)

Vrooomed - Chiefs over Rams, 65 points, 3 FGs.

Matt Stupienski - Saints over Patriots, 62 points, 3 FG's

CaptKirk42 - Rams over Chargers,  48 points 6 FGs

Jeff S - Rams over Chiefs - 61 pts - 4 FGs

PapaG321 - Chiefs over Saints , 59 points , 5 FG's

Trevor P - Saints over Chargers, 54 points, 4 FG

Jafronius - Patriots over Saints, 58 points, 5 FGs.

TSHenson - Rams over Chiefs, 103 points, 4 field goals

Sportzcommish - Cowboys over Brady, I mean, the Patsies, aka Patriots; 58 points; 3 FGs.

night owl - Saints beat the Pats. 66 points. 5 field goals.

Dion's IP Autos only - Chiefs over Rams 58 points 3 field goals


Friday, January 11, 2019

9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - 2 Minute Warning

Just one last reminder if you've been waiting to see the injury reports or any other final analysis of the games you have until noon Alaska time tomorrow, or 4EST, to get your pick in for the contest. 

If you haven't submitted a pick go here to the official sign up post.

Good luck everybody and I'll have an official entry post and hopefully announce the prizes sometime on Saturday.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Friendly Reminder

Just a reminder that I've got my annual Super Bowl contest open right now.  Like usual pick the winning team win some cards and stuff. 

Don't comment here!  Go HERE to the official sign up post.

And don't forget if you promote this contest you get an extra entry into the door prize drawing!!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Official Sign Up Post



Well we've made it through the end of the season and already finished the Wild Card Round.  I apologize for not getting this up sooner.  I just got back from 2 weeks in Hawaii and there were still some wildcard spots open when I left.  That being said it'll be a little bit easier to pick the winning team this year since we just eliminated 4 of the playoff teams, but I think it'll still be fun and I didn't want to miss putting the contest out there.  As usual all I want you to do is tell me who's going to win the big game.  And of course I'm sure more than one of you will pick the right team so we'll do the usual tie breakers as well. 

I literally just got back early this morning so I'll dig out a prize for the winner and the door prize winner a little later.  Remember if you promote the contest you'll get an extra entry into the door prize drawing.

The winner and door prize winner will also get a nice selection of cards from their favorite team, maybe even an auto and/or relic included.

So how do you enter?  Simple tell me who's going to be this year's Super Bowl winner.  For tie breakers tell me who the opponent will be, total points scored in the game, and number of total field goals scored during the game.

In the end you entry should look something like this.

Chiefs over Saints, 54 Points, 3 FGs. 

In the event that the tie breakers do not decided the winner the winner will be randomly chosen.

Your choices:

AFC
Colts
Chiefs
Patriots
Chargers

NFC
Cowboys
Rams
Eagles
Saints

You have until Saturday, Janurary 12th, at 8:00am Alaska Time, Noon EST to enter.  Remember to leave a comment and a link to your contest plug for your extra entry into the contest.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Blackest of Fridays - 2018

It's been my tradition now for almost a decade to take the day after Thanksgiving off from work and do my only Black Friday shopping over at COMC.com.  As is also my tradition I've been slowly stockpiling cards over at the site and take advantage of the free shipping during COMC's event.

First a shout out to the guys and gals over at COMC they did a great job packaging my order. It's the first time I've ever warranted a box for my goodies.



I did get a couple great oddballs this year.  My most expensive item was by and far the 2013 Panini Cooperstown Robin Yount Red Pennant.  I've been looking for one of these since the product came out and while not numbered they seem to be pretty rare and hard to find.  I can probably count on one hand the number I've actually seen for sale and while it was my most expensive item in the lot it still didn't break the bank.  I also finally picked up Robin's 1991 Topps Stand up candy dispenser.

I didn't pick this rainbow of Yelichs this Black Friday.  I preemptively bought the lot of them well before he was named the NL MVP this year. But it's nice to get their shiny goodness in hand. 
I also picked up a bunch of great auto and relic brewers cards. I had a Lyle Overbay auto featuring him as a Diamondback it's nice to have one featuring him as a Brewer.  It's also nice to be able to cross off that Braun Marketside off the need list.

Probably my favorite non-Yount pick up was this 2005 Sheets quad relic auto.  Man I really miss the variety they use to put into some of the products.
Only added a couple new Packers cards to the mix.  I was really bummed with Jonathan Franklin had to retire after his rookie season.  I saw lots of promise in the young running back.  And his cards even his sweet auto patch cards will set you back a little over a dollar.  
Of course I added 26 new Younts to the collection.  I'm always surprised when I don't have a card you'd think I'd have picked up already.  I picked up the 1989 Fleer Glossy and 1984 Topps Nestle to fill those holes.  And finally got my hands on Robin's 2018 Topps Archives Rookie History card.
I also finished my 1984 7-11 Slurpee coin set.  This one is the central region coin denoted on the back with an E.  I also picked up Robin 1993 Panini Sticker I didn't have, his base card from 2002 Topps Archives Reserve, his Ballpark Classics insert from 2002 Fleer Authenix, and 2006 SP Legendary Cuts - Baseball Chronology platinum parallel.
I also picked up the last 3 Topps Tiffany cards I need featuring Robin.
It was nice to get such a big amount of new Younts. Some of these I've been picking up advantageously as they pop up on the site, others I had been watching for quite awhile waiting to see if I could get them at a Black Friday discount.

Overall I'm pretty happy with my Black Friday pick ups.  All the Younts will eventually be featured over at the Yount Collector. 

Anyone else pick up some goodies?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Ala Twitter

Still digging out of the rubble up here in Alaska.  Just kidding we're doing just fine.  If you didn't hear we had a pretty big shaker a week ago and while the damage was surprisingly minimal and we had zero fatalities the city is still on edge as we've had almost 2900 aftershocks.  We lost a pot and a picture frame but other wise we didn't have a ton of damage or clean up and the man cave survived with almost no displacement.  But that's not an excuse for my lack of posting, no I have lots of other great excuses for that.  Anyway, while I haven't really felt like blogging in a while I do want to finish up a few trade posts.  This time it's a three in one post with a few mega trades that happened via Twitter.

I like to think there are couple different kinds of trades and trade styles.  There are those trades that are carefully crafted with a surgeon's precision.  One for one trades, a relic for relic, auto for auto, etc.  Sometimes those trades take a little back and forth before both parties are happy.  The other main type of trade is more of what I like to call the shotgun approach.  It's a bulk trade usually involving a team or player.  Here it's not so much quality, although it can be, but it's much more quantity.  I'm an unabashed Brewers fan.  I sometimes post new pick ups or an odd rant on the ole Twitter so it's not surprising I get a few trade requests. 

A few months back a fellow Mark @markdwilkns, contacted me if I'd be interested in a bulk trade.  He had a bunch of Brewers he was looking to get rid of and would take any and all Red Sox.  Mark ended up sending me his side first without reservation, which I'm glad, I've had a few bad experiences with blind trades on twitter.  What I got was pure awesomeness.  Three 400 count boxes full of Brewers from the 1980 all the way up to present.

I have a ritual when I when I get a lot like this.  I have over 9400 unique Brewers cards and most of the Topps and other brands base cards, but I sort through the lot looking for inserts and other more premium brands and separate those out to check against what I have logged at TCDB.
What I ended up with was this stack.
In the end I ended up adding almost 200 new cards or more, I didn't keep very good track.  Here were a couple of my favorites in the bunch.


Man I miss those late 90's early 2000s inserts.

But this trade actually caused my next to bulk trades.  After I posted a thank you to Mark, or was it he posted a thank you to me, Matt @jmswyo asked if I'd be interested in more Brewers.  How could I say no and Matt wanted my extra Royals cards.  Originally Matt thought he only had about 700 cards for me, but when it was all said and done it was closer to 1200.  Matt was honest it was mostly junk era stuff.
He wasn't lying, but after my usual sorting ritual and cataloging I needed well over 100 of those cards and it help complete quite a few team sets.

My next trade came via Blair @blairrussell1 who also messaged me saying he a slug of Brewers, mostly modern commons to trade.  I was in this deep why not.
Blair's package was stuffed with 14 9 pocket pages full of Brewers slotted front to back.  While I had most of these as well, after careful sorting I still managed to find a good 20 to 30 cards I didn't already have.

So after my 2500 card trades I had to put the brakes on the bulk trading.  Right now I'm sitting on almost 10,000 dupe Brewers cards, some of which will make there way to fellow Brewers team collectors, but I have a feeling most will be sitting on my shelf for a long time.  

Anyways thanks to Mark, Matt, and Blair for the great trades