Saturday, October 9, 2021

11th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Official Entries Post

 


Well by my count we have 32 people that have put in picks for this year's contest.  Not to shabby, especially since I haven't been posting almost at all.  I want to thank everyone who entered.  No one left a comment about promoting the contest, but if you did please let me know so I can make sure you get a second entry into the door prize. 

Just a full disclaimer, I'm taking a trip down to visit family in about a week and will gone for 2 weeks so updates might be a little delayed and combined.


Here are the official posts, pulled directly from the official sign up post.  If you see something amiss please let me know ASAP.


GTT - Rays over Dodgers, 6 games, 17 home runs. Thanks!

OhioTim - San Francisco Giants over Tampa Bay Rays in seven games with 13 home runs

Brett Alan - Astros over Braves, 6 games, 7 home runs.

RJ Sahl - Brewers over the Rays in seven, 16 HR's.

Dion's IP Autos only - Rays over Giants in 6 games with 15 HRs.

AdamE - Astros over the Giants in 5 with 9 home runs.

dayf - Braves over White Sox 13 dingers

flywheels - Braves over Astros - 7 HRs

John Sharp - Giants over the White Sox, 5 games.18 HRS.

Derek - Dodgers over Rays in 6. 17 homers

Ymmat - Astros over Dodgers in 7. 15 homers

Shaw Racing - Dodgers over the rays in 6, 23hrs

Sportzcommish - Astros over Giants in 6 with 12 homeruns.

The Diamond King - Cardinals over Rays in 7. 14 homers.

Nachos Grande - Dodgers over Rays in 6. 24 homers.

Nick - White Sox over Brewers in 6, 19 homers.

Jeff Laws - White Sox over Braves in 7, 13 homers.

sandyrusty - Rays in 6 over Giants with 13 HR

Rounding Thirty 3rd - Rays over Dodgers in 6 with 14 HRs

Matt - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games, 16 homers. PIMP

Adam Kaningher - Giants over Astros, 6 games, 17 home runs

night owl - Giants beat Astros and I don't watch. Grrr. 7 games. 19 homers.

Bo - Rays over Giants in 6 games, 12 HR. 

mfreeman - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games 14 HRs

FiresNBeers - Brewers over Rays, 6 Games, 17 HRs

Jafronius - Dodgers over Rays in 6. 10 HRs. 

Elliptical Man - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games, 12 HRs. 

Lastcall77 - Rays over Brewers 7 games 15 HRs. 

bbcardz - Dodgers over the Astros in 6 games, 14 HRs. 

kcjays - Brewers over the Rays in 6, 19 homeruns. 

Fuji - Dodgers over Astros, in 6, 16 HRs

shanepatrickwrites - brewers over rays in 6, 12 homers

Friday, October 8, 2021

11th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Final Reminder

 


Now that the wild card games have been played and we are into the divisional rounds it would be the perfect time to get your entry into my 11th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web.  Seriously, why are you waiting??!!!  You've got till tomorrow at noon Alaska time/4 pm EST.

Don't submit your entry on this post, instead go to my Official Sign Up post HERE.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

11th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - 1st Friendly Reminder

 


Just a friendly reminder that my Annual World Series Contest is open for picks. Just tell me the winner and win great prizes!!  

Don't put your pick on this post, go HERE to enter.  Contest closes Saturday at noon Alaska time (my time) 4 pm EST.

Monday, October 4, 2021

11th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web!! Is Open - Official Sign Up Post




While I haven't posted in a while I sure didn't want to miss my annual World Series contest.  It was a great season with a playoff spots coming down to the wire.

This year will be like year's past, but if you haven't played before the premise is very simple.  I just want you to tell me who's going to win the World Series.  That's it pretty simple.  But since it's very likely that more than one person will pick the correct team, we need a few tie breakers.  So in your pick tell me who's going to win, who the opponent will be, how many games in the series and how many total home runs will be hit in the series (both teams combined).  So your entry should look something like this.


Brewers over Yankees, in 4, 15 HRs.


In year's past I've offered a single prize, but I've found that a lot of people are kind of turned off if I offer an auto of a player or team they don't like.  So this year, up for grabs is a special prize pack that will be built specifically for the winner. The prize pack may include autos, relics, inserts, parallel card, rookies.  It really depends on what I have in stock or what I can find on my next visit to my LCS, but trust me it'll be good.  Just ask past winners.


But wait there's more!!!

Like year's past I'm also give away another prize package just for participating. This is my door prize and it too will also be tailored for the winner.  Everyone who enters the contest will get an entry into the door prize drawing and if you promote this contest, on your blog, social media, YouTube channel, whatever, you'll get a second entry into the door prize drawing.  Just leave a comment and link to your promotion on your entry to make sure you get your extra entry.

The door prize winner will be chosen at random but entering all the entries into a random list generator at random.org and the list will be randomized 3 times, person at the top of the list wins.

Without much of a break from regular season to the playoff that doesn't give us a lot of time to leave the contest open, but I'm going to close the contest Saturday at noon Alaska time or 4pm EST.  Feel free to wait till wild card elimination games are over and I will let you change your pick up till the contest close, but amend your pick with a comment on your old pick.

Here are the teams you have to choose from

American League

Red Sox
Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros

National League

Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
LA Dodgers


I'll post some periodic reminders throughout the week.


Good luck everybody!!!




 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Cardboard for the Ages - Defining the Ages and Periods within Baseball Card hobby

It's been awhile since my last post, at least on here.  Lately I've been mulling over the hobby in general. Especially this past year with the pandemic and ensuing craziness that has been the sport cards market and collectibles in general.  I also collect other things, but my other main hobby would be my comic book collection.  Comic books have these great Ages associate with them, the Golden and Silver ages, my personal favorite is the Bronze age of the 70's and early 80's.  And baseball cards also have their labels and divisions in their 150 year or so history, although some of them aren't always so clear.  

So as a thought exercise I decided to try to put together my own baseball card timeline and definition of the ages up to present.  

First let me say this is just my attempt to put the hobby, specifically to baseball cards, into some order.  There is no official governing body over baseball cards or the hobby and what I may think is a logical start or stopping point for a historical period in baseball cards might not be what you would choose, but I welcome the feedback.

First let's start at the beginning.  In my opinion and for the purpose of this exercise I'm going to start the hobby at what I consider to be one of, if not the, first baseball card, the 1869 Peck and Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings ad card.

The term vintage gets thrown around a lot and by some people standards vintage can start as recently as 1985.  That leaves a lot of room in the vintage category and let's face it a 1985 card and 1948 Bowman are not the same breed.  

So let's start at the beginning and work our way forward from 1869.


Victorian/Edwardian/Pre-WWI Period 1869-1917

Officially the Edwardian Period ended in 1910, but I wanted to encapsulate the T206 production period into this category.  I also was going to end this period at 1912 for that reason, but after thinking about it it makes sense to push this to when the US entered World War I  in 1917.  It also gives us a pretty nice break for the next period.

Pre-War (WWII cards) Period 1918-1947

I know what you're going to say what you end the Pre-War era in 1947, but the US joined WWII in 1941.  Yes that's true.  But there also were no major baseball card product produced until after1948 with a few oddball and minor league exceptions, and the next period would be Post WWII so it doesn't make sense to leave a 6 year gap when almost no baseball cards were produced.  If it makes you happy we could call this Pre-War/Wartime but you get the idea.

Post-War (WWII) Vintage Period 1948-1985

I know what you're going to say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, that's a huge time span.  And didn't you just say you don't think all vintage is created equal and really you think 1985 is the end of the vintage era?"

Indeed I said all that, but we are going to break this Post-War Period into some sub-groups. Eras or Ages if you will. Because while I'm not super comfortable putting the early 80s in the vintage category, mainly because it makes me feel old.  The term vintage is kind of a moving target.  And 1985 is an easy stopping point for the next Period after this.  

So let's break down the Post-War Vintage Period

1948-1959 The Golden Age or Era of Baseball Cards

1960-1969 The Silver Age of Baseball Cards

1970-1979 The Bronze Age of Baseball Cards

1980-1985 The Modern/Aluminum/Zinc (whatever) Age of Baseball cards (edit: The Age of Expansion also as suggested)

Here it's just easier to group the post-war categories using time.  Also in the this Age we get to see Topps' monopoly end.

The Junk Wax Period/Era 1986-1994

Some may argue when to start the Junk Wax Era.  I've seen 1987 as a year people like to use, but up until recently you could find loads of 1986 Topps unopened product for cheap and for me that really is the start of the Junk Wax Era or Period..  Also I put the end of the Junk was Era at 1994 when the MLB strike almost killed the baseball card market.  We also see the start of the Great Expansion at the end of this period.

The Modern Period 1995-2009 (The Age of Consolidation)

The first inserted baseball autograph, and I think the first one in any card product, was the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson and inserts really started popping up before 1995, so there is going to be some overlap.  But for the most part the modern period of baseball cards ushered in a couple eras, first was the insert era, this started in the early nineties, but really matured in the mid to late 90's.  Next up the rise of hits.  While 1990 may have seen the first inserted autograph they were still pretty rare up until the early 2000s, and the first baseball relic was put into packs in 1997 Upper Deck.  Of course guaranteed hits in a box would be come the norm till the last part of the 2000s.

Also during this time we saw what would be the end of the expansion of the sports card market, where lots of brands and companies entering the market and we get start seeing the Great Consolidation, where companies were going out of business or getting bought, properties and brands were being acquired by other companies and by 2009 when Panini acquired Donruss and all it's brands we pretty much have the trading card industry we have today except for one thing..

The Age of Exclusivity 2010 - Present

So here we are, the Age of Exclusivity.  Topps became the sole MLB license holder in 2010 and hasn't let go of it.  As a matter of fact Panini started it off with their exclusive NBA deal, then Upper Deck took over Hockey, and in 2016 Panini became the sole NFL licensee.  

Within this Age we also can break it down into things like, the dawn of digital cards, online exclusives, print on-demand, and just a few days ago NFT (Non-fungible tokens).  


Well there you go.  What do you think?  How would you divide baseball card timeline?

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web Finale!!!!

 

Well, well, well.  I have to say I'm at a loss for words.  That was a completely unexpected outcome.  While I have a few issues with some of the officiating and calls, that was a pretty impressive feat by the Bucs and Tom Brady.  I really don't think anyone expected Kansas City to be held to under 10 points and the team didn't score a touchdown.  We had thirteen players going into Super Bowl Sunday and the overwhelming majority favoring the Chiefs, but three intrepid contestants picked the Bucs to take it all.  None of the three that chose Tampa Bay correctly picked the opponent, so we have to move to total points and boy did everyone think this would be a fairly high scoring game.  In the end the perfect pick would have been 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Kansas City Chiefs, 40 points, 4 FG 

And the person who picked the lowest combined score is the winner is Paul from Scribbled Ink!!!! So Paul I'll contacting you for shipping info soon!


Josh D. - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers - 48 points - 2 FG

John Sharp - Bucs over Ravens, 56 points, 3 FGs.

GTT - KC Chiefs over Saints, 59 points, 4 FGs. 

Scribbled Ink - Bucs over Bills, 55 points, 3 FGs

jlcre2003 - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers, 61 points, 4 FGs

KMack - Chiefs over Saints, 34-24. 3 FG's.

Fuji - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers - 61 points - 4 FG - PIMP

kcjays - Kansas City over Green Bay - 65 points - 3 Field Goals

Dion's IP Autos only - KC Chiefs over GB Packers total of 69 points 2 Field Goals.

abraham - Kansas City over Green Bay, 69 points, 1 field goal

Ben Morris - Tampa Bay over Buffalo. 74 total points 5 FG

Matt - Chiefs over packers 62 pts

Trevor P - Chiefs over Bucs, 55 points, 1 FG - PIMP

Autographs2000 (TCDB) Kansas City over Green Bay, 60 pts, 2 FG


And let's not forget our door prize drawing.  I added all the entries from the official entries post and gave the four people who promoted the contest an extra entry, I went over to random.org and entered the list and randomized it 3 times.  And the winner is......


Josh D who writes the blog, but hasn't in a while, Royals and Randoms.


I'll be contacting both our winners for current shipping address and choice of team for their prize packs. 


Thanks again for all those who entered and played this year!!  Stay safe.

Monday, January 25, 2021

11th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Conference Championship Knock Out

 


Ummm well.... as a Packer's fan this weekend sucked.  But we've finally arrived at the final round, who all  got knocked out this past week?  A lot.  The overall concensus was for the Packers or the Chiefs to take it all and so we still have quite a few of you, plus we even had a few believe in Tom Brady.  In all we lost 17 this round with a fair number of people also picking the Bills to win.  Technically, all you had to do is pick the winner of the Super Bowl so there are still a bunch of you in it.  However if the Chiefs pull off a back to back only one person correctly picked that match up and that was Trevor P.  Of the 3 people who picked the Bucs none of them picked KC as the opponent so if Tom Brady can pull one more off we'll have to move up the line in tie breakers.  

Josh D. - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers - 48 points - 2 FG

The Angels In Order - Bills over Packers, 44 points, 3 FG.

John Sharp - Bucs over Ravens, 56 points, 3 FGs.

FiresNBeers - Packers over Bills, 52 points, 4 FGs - PIMP

GTT - KC Chiefs over Saints, 59 points, 4 FGs. 

Scribbled Ink - Bucs over Bills, 55 points, 3 FGs

bakerybum - Packers over Titans, 52 points, 4 FGs

Robert - Packers over Chiefs. 65 points. 3 FGs

night owl - Bills beat Saints. 55 points. 4 field goals.

Shaw Racing - Bills over Bucs 50 5FGs

jlcre2003 - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers, 61 points, 4 FGs

KMack - Chiefs over Saints, 34-24. 3 FG's.

cardboardhogs - Packers over Chiefs 63 total points and 3 FG’s

Fuji - Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers - 61 points - 4 FG - PIMP

kcjays - Kansas City over Green Bay - 65 points - 3 Field Goals

Dion's IP Autos only - KC Chiefs over GB Packers total of 69 points 2 Field Goals.

RunForeKelloggs - Bills over Packers; 68 points; 3 field goals

abraham - Kansas City over Green Bay, 69 points, 1 field goal

Joseph Blaschke - Bills over the Saints; 53 total points. 4 FG's.

Ben Morris - Tampa Bay over Buffalo. 74 total points 5 FG

Johnny Crim - Green Bay Packers over Kansas City Chiefs, 66 points, 3 FGs

Ymmat - Bills over Packers. 55 points. 3 FG's.

The Diamond King - Packers over Chiefs, 64 points, 4 FG

Matt - Chiefs over packers 62 pts

Alan Deakins - Packers over Chiefs, 69 points, 2 FGS.....

gcrl - packers over bills, 58 points, 3 fg

shanepatrickwrites - Bills over Packers, 51 points, 3 fg's

Trevor P - Chiefs over Bucs, 55 points, 1 FG - PIMP

Jafronius - Packers over Chiefs, 57 points, 4 FGs. Thanks for the contest!

ToddSteb - Packers over Chiefs 59 points 1 fg

Autographs2000 (TCDB) Kansas City over Green Bay, 60 pts, 2 FG