Sunday, December 2, 2018

Contest - Favorite Card of 2018

I've held this contest the past two years and it seemed to go over pretty well both times. The inaugural contest had 35 participants and last year we saw it grow to 42. Here's some quick stats:
It was no surprise Topps NOW led the way in 2016, as it made its debut that summer, but it fell two #2 in 2017. Has the luster of Topps NOW worn off? Will it make the top three again in 2018?

With the Cubs finally winning a World Series in 2016, and being represented well in 2017 sets, it wasn't a shock to see them as the most popular team from last year. Does that mean good things for the Astros in this year's edition? Only time will tell.

I'm going to put the Cubs and Topps Flagship out to an early lead with my favorite card of the year. I really wanted to choose a Vogelbach card this year, but there weren't many options this card collecting year and none of them spoke to me.

 So, I'll take some smiling Cubs instead:
This one comes from 2018 Topps Series 2, is #529, and is a checklist, so I won't bother showing the reverse side. I actually purchased this card through Sportlots.com, because every card show vendor and LCS in my area loves to mark up their Cubs. Eighteen cents for this beauty was an easy decision.

It's my favorite card this year, because it displays what I enjoy most about baseball: it's a fun game built around relationships and camaraderie with your teammates. This photo selection reminds me of why I coach high school baseball.


Here's the details for the contest:
1. Must be one card produced in 2018.
2. It does not have to be baseball related and may even be from a non-sport set. (Ahem... Stranger Things *cough-cough* Zippy Zappy *cough-cough*)
3. It should be a card you have in your collection, but I'm a softie and will count your entry even if it isn't.
4. Make a quick blog post about your favorite card. (I appreciate other social media platforms as much as the next guy, but I'm a blog guy at heart and only blog posts will be entered. My contest, my rules. Sorry, not sorry.)
5. Reply in the comments section of this post with a link to your blog post before January 7th, 2019. (Some of you may find a new favorite during the holiday season!)

That's it! It's a pretty simple contest, but it makes for an easy blog post and some interesting reading material for the rest of us. 

Heads up!
6. I will summarize all the entries in one blog post. (I will also pilfer pictures from your post and use them here.)

The Prize!
7. I will place all entrants into random.org and perform three randomizations. As per tradition, the winner (#1 slot) will receive a blaster of 2019 Topps Series 1 when it is released AND the person who winds up in the last place slot will also receive a prize, which is yet to be determined. Yes, two winners!

Now, get to posting!

28 comments:

  1. (Ahem... Stranger Things *cough-cough* Zippy Zappy *cough-cough*)

    Hmm *strokes chin*...

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  2. Awesome! This gives me a nice be blog topic! Thanks for the contest. I'll share a link when I've got it written.

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    1. Here's my official entry:

      https://cardboardclubhouse.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-first-card-of-2018.html

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  3. Told you I'm in - and I just posted it. I have no need worrying that a card I'd choose will come out the rest of the year.

    Thanks for the contest!

    https://beansballcardblog.com/my-favorite-card-of-the-year-2018/

    -kin
    beansballcardblog.com

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  4. That's a great card. It's my first time seeing it.

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  5. I'm up for it.

    And you mean 2019 blaster, right?

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    1. I do! Sorry about the typo! I'll get that fixed ASAP!

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  6. This year's choice was a little more challenging...

    http://sanjosefuji.blogspot.com/2018/12/hankering-for-bj.html

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  7. Here's my entry. Kin, you probably don't want to read it :) https://cardboardhistory.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018.html

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  8. It doesn't seem like all that long ago that I was choosing my entry for the 2017 contest. This year is gonna be a lot harder with choices from Topps Chrome, Stadium Club, and Topps NOW in particular.

    If my Red Sox World Series set ever arrives from Topps, I could see one of those making it. However, I'm impatient and should have my decision made in the next few days.

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    1. Here's my entry

      https://cardboardgreats.blogspot.com/2018/12/2018-card-of-year.html

      Thanks for running the contest once again.

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  9. One of my favorite contests because you do all the idea work for a post and I just have to pick a card. Thanks!
    https://scribbledinc.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018-while-waiting.html

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  10. Thanks for the contest again. I've been thinking about what card I will nominate for a month now and am excited to announce I got my card in hand today. Post coming later this week.

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  11. My entry for the contest, thanks.

    http://cardsandgraphs.blogspot.com/2018/12/favorite-card-of-2018-topps-heritage.html

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  12. Always fun posting about my favorite baseball cards. I look forward to reading the other entries aa well.

    Thanks again for the awesome contest!
    https://johnsbigleaguebaseballblog.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018big-john-hicks.html?m=0


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  13. Done and done.

    https://buckstorecards.blogspot.com/2018/12/2018-card-of-year.html

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  14. Thanks for running this contest again. Here's my entry:

    https://80sbaseballcardcollector.blogspot.com/2018/12/favorite-2018-card.html

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  15. Thanks for the contest. Here's my entry - https://cardboardhistory.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018.html

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    1. I think you meant this link: http://www.communitygum.com/2018/12/05/my-favorite-card-of-2018/

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  16. Wow, it was tough to pick just one this year! Here's my entry: https://diamond-jesters.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018.html

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  17. Here's my entry: https://rekindlingthecardboardflame.blogspot.com/2018/12/2018-card-of-year.html

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  18. My entry, and thanks for the contest.
    https://angelsinorder.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-favorite-card-of-2018.html

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  19. here's mine, and it's not a dodger card:

    https://cardsasiseethem.blogspot.com/2018/12/art.html

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  20. I posted mine tonight...the best of a bad lot! ;-)

    This is the link

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