Read on to find out!
To start things off, Adam Sanders, of Cardboard Clubhouse, chooses Nolan Ryan from Panini's 2018 Donruss release.
Kin, author of Bean's Ballcard Blog, gives us NINETY cards. You might be thinking, "I thought we could only choose one?" Well, that's true. It just so happens that Kin has 90+ copies of this card.
Fuji, the most prolific commenter within our blogging circle, offers up our first "hit" of the year. His post title for his entry, over at The Chronicles of Fuji, had me scratching my head at first.
Billy Kingsley brings us our first hockey card via his blog Cardboard History.
Topps NOW was the most popular selection in 2016 among bloggers and Henry Blanchette gives us our first look at the 2018 edition.
Cardboard Greats gives us a look at many of the excellent Red Sox cards so it's no surprise Henry went this direction. I love the celebration shots!
Stadium has become a steady force in these favorite card summaries and I doubt 2018 will be any different. Paul, of Scribbled Ink, has selected a beautiful play at the plate card from SC.
I think this one qualifies as our first card from Topps' flagship product, although it is an insert and carries super mojo refractor autograph properties with it!
Collecting Cutch gives us our first 1-of-1 card for this year's sampling. Boom! Impressive!
Laurens, of Card Buzz, has chosen a card of a player who had the hobby buzzing most of 2018. Here we have Shohei Ohtani's Hertiage Action Image Variation card.
John's Big League Baseball Blog has chosen our second card from Topps' flagship.
buckstorecards, the proprietor of Sportscards From The Dollar Store, presents us with our second hockey card.
DMA, the author of From a 1980s Baseball Card Collector, doesn't have much 2018 product in his collection, as his blog title might suggest, but he's chosen our second Andrew McCutchen card!
Jon, a fellow Cub fan and author of Community Gum, gives us . . . wait . . . what the . . . ?
Diamond Jesters selected a fun card. Hmmm, that seems quite a appropriate.
Rekindling the Cardboard Flame, penned by ketchupman36 gives us our first look at a football card.
The Angels In Order has chosen . . . huh . . . a card of the Reds' Billy Hamilton? Why do things have to be so complicated?
All is right in the world again. Wrigley Wax, a Cubs fan Billy Williams super collector, has restored my faith in the card community by selecting . . .
gcrl tried to jump the gun with his favorite card of the year back in August on his blog titled cards as i see them.
Commishbob, of The Five Tool Collector, offers up this gem of a quote before choosing his card, "Me picking a 2018 card is like a goat farmer trying to find a Kentucky Derby entrant in his barn. It doesn't take long to to scan the possibilities and none of them are likely winners. But, oh well."
I love the sense of humor in our community!
I've seen all the entrants and IF I was going to select a winner I would pick SumoMenkoMan's card. We'll have to see what the randomizer says though!
I don't visit the Japanese Sumo Wrestling Cards and Menko blog as much as I should, but I'm going to make more of an effort in 2019.
Tales of a Cardboard Addict, crafted by Toy Junkie, provides us with another autograph.
Chromey refractor goodness comes to us from The Loss Collector. AJ has been on the Topps NOW bandwagon the past two years, but decided to fall off for this year's edition.
Peter, from Baseball Every Night, gives us our third Stadium Club card.
Cardboard Jones, Tridents and Trading Cards, gives us a representative for the Mariners.
check and see if I can snag the Cubs!
Angus, of Dawg Day Cards, gives us another Panini football card.
Cards that never were is a fun blog, where Jeremya1um creates cards of players Topps ignored. He couldn't choose one of his creations and instead selects a Heritage card and our second Mariners card.
Nick, from Dime Boxes, chimed in with his Top 10 cards, which is definitely a must read.
Base Set Calling gives us our second Shohei Ohtani card (and first Parker Bidwell and Troy Scribner cards).
NBP Guy, the authority on Japanese Baseball Cards, gives us our second card from a non-US brand.
General Aside: Bloggers are about as bad as high school students with the way they treat a deadline. LOL! Every card shared below this point was a last day entry! But, they still count and are appreciated!
For the third straight year in a row Adam Kaningher, of Infield Fly Rule, takes a Rockies pitcher.
Night Owl chimes in with another flame throwing rookie from a Los Angeles team. No, it's not Shohei Ohtani this time . . .
Hot Take Alert: By this time next year Walker Buehler may be the best starter for the team that calls Chavez Ravine home.
Trevor, the author of the Bump and Run Football Card Blog, presents us with our second football player shown in his college uniform. This one shows Fred Warner (and his autograph) dressed in his logoless BYU uniform. Warner was drafted in the 3rd round by the 49ers.
The ever creative Gavin, of Baseball Card Breakdown fame, gives us our second superfractor!
Stadium Fantasium, written by bbcardz, presents us with a classic looking example of Topps Heritage.
Marcus, of all the way to the backstop, gives us our last entry before the deadline, and he did it in style by listing ten cards. I love a good countdown and Joey Lucchesi takes top billing in this one.
And just for good measure here is my favorite card once more, from Topps Flagship.
Here's a quick summary of the cards chosen this year:
And the Mariners, Seager/Ichiro/Felix take home the top team? I didn't see that happening!
Now on to the contest portion of this post. Well, here's a wrinkle I wasn't prepared for. The randomizer is now charging $4.95 a month to use a list of names. Um, no. I'm not paying for that.
Luckily, as a teacher, I'm blessing being fairly adaptable. So, everyone has been assigned a number based on commenting order and you'll be placed into a random number generator:
Here's the method to my madness:
The grand prize winner is #3 and the lucky last place contestant is #7.
Congrats to Fuji and Collecting Cutch on your first and last place victories, respectively. Fuji, I'll send you a blaster of 2019 Topps Series 1 when retail reaches my area. Collecting Cutch, you'll be rewarded for your hard earned last place finish, as well. Not sure what I'll send you yet, but something is better than nothing. Oh, I can guarantee it'll be card related. 😀 Oh, Collecting Cutch, please reach out with your mailing address. (mrcoach00 at yahoo dot com) Thanks!
Lastly, thank you to everyone who took the time to write up a blog post about their favorite 2018 card. I love having new material to read through and this year's offerings did not disappoint!
Oh, and if you didn't enter and are reading this, please consider jumping on board next year!