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Last Call: Win your 1958 Topps Hank Aaron / Mickey Mantle now

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Well, this really is the last call for entries. I’m about 500 page views away from hitting the milestone of 100,000 page views, and on a good day, that could occur sometime in the next 24 hours. This is your FINAL warning to place all entries on the official contest page. The winner will be selected at random; a video of the random drawing will be posted within 24 hours of end of contest.

I (Heart) sticker ‘graphs! (Shoutout to FieldLevelView)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Just a quick shoutout to Field Level View for a pair of giveaway items I received today. He recently busted on video and reviewed two products that were provided to him by their respective companies. Those products being 2009 Tri-Star Prospects Plus and 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars. Jason, the blogger, managed to pull probably the best autograph possible out of the Prospects Plus box, an emerald parallel Dustin Ackley signature numbered to just 25 copies, and then a very solid Prince Fielder autograph from his Signature Stars box.  Both are going into my PC. Jason only collects Houston teams (Astros and Texans) and a few other players like Nolan Ryan, so just about everything else he has been given by companies for review is up for grabs. Check out Field Level View for more giveaways. And just make sure you follow the rules that he has posted, they’re pretty simple, but must be followed.

Your chance to win a 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle/Hank Aaron!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

So Topps wants to give you back the cards your mother threw out? I guess I do too, only you won’t be getting a 1987 Pete Rose or 2009 Paul Konerko. One lucky winner will receive an original vintage 1958 Topps “World Series Batting Foes” featuring Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron.

I am nearing 100,000 page views, which is a lot for me considering I don’t: a) have sponsorship, thereby not breaking the latest product; b) hold routine contests; or c) write reviews or previews of product I don’t care about. This accomplishment, when it happens later this month, will be a momentous occasion for this collector. And when it happens, one of my readers will be a winner.

OK, so here’s the deal, I have two of these 1958 Topps World Series Batting Foes cards in very different condition. Neither is mint, but each is equally desirable I think. In order for you to win, all you’ve got to do is look at these cards and the description I give of each and write a short paragraph in the comments section telling me which card you’d rather have and why. The winner will be RANDOMLY picked from all qualifying answers, and he or she will receive the card which they wrote about.

I know this isn’t a bright, shiny refractor version of the latest hot prospect, but how can you pass on a chance to win a real vintage Mantle and Aaron card? All it will take you is a few moments of your time. I’m even paying for shipping.

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Card A // Card B

Card A // Card B

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Card A is very near and dear to my heart. I actually wrote about it more than a year ago.  Anyhow, Card A is in great shape if it weren’t for the tape residue at the top of bottom. It has four decent corners and no creases. I see two surface wrinkles, one on the front near Mickey’s head, and one on the back near the card number. There also is some surface wear, which is evident with the slight discoloration of Mickey’s hat (see the white spot?) The centering  is a bit off up and down, but not horrendous.

Card B is new to my collection. It actually displays a bit better than Card A, even though it is in worse shape. The card’s corners are rounded, I see no less than three creases, and there is a tiny tear near Mickey’s arm. This tear is evident on the back near the word “foes.” The centering is off up and down, yet the card looks amazing on display because there is no tape or discoloration.

I would be proud to have either of these cards displayed in my collection, and will still have one when this contest is over. But all that is left to decide is which one stays and which ones goes to you.

The contest will run until I reach 100,000 page views (which is about 7,500 away — the stats are visibile on my home page.)  The winner will be selected within 24 hours of that, and a video of the random selection will be posted here.

Only one entry per person, anyone caught doubling up will be automatically eliminated. Make sure to pick which card and tell me why — and don’t simply state “because it’s free.” Give your answer some thought, I will be using some of these comments in a future blog about vintage cards. Also, make sure to think before you pick your card — YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR MIND LATER. Comments MUST be left on the blog.


CONTEST WINNER: Josh Hamilton Autograph

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on December 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

The holiday weekend caught up with me and the announcement of the winner was delayed by a day and a half. Anyway, the video of the random drawing was concluded and the winner was Dustin, who wrote that he found out about this blog through Cardboard Junkie, which is one of my favorite blogs. Congratulations to Dustin. The card will be mailed as soon as I get an address. If one is not provided within 10 days, I will hold a second random drawing.

Contest reminder: Win a Josh Hamilton autograph

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on December 22, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Two days are remaining in the contest for a Josh Hamilton autograph. Leave a comment HERE and tell me how you first found this blog. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) Dec. 24. Winner will be announced on Christmas Day.