Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My 50th Follower...Means a Giveaway!

Last week, this blog reached a milestone. In only nine months, it has picked up 50 followers.

While I am of the impression that this blog should be required reading for everybody, I do realize that many collectors don't always spend a lot of time looking at "old" stuff. There is also the possibility that some just don't have a lot of older material in their collections and therefore don't spend a lot of time looking around at stuff they would be tempted to pick up.

Well, let me see if I can help you out with a giveaway.

In celebration of Follower #50, it's only appropriate that the first prize have something to do with the number 50, and we'll go to the set I blog about three times each week:

This is card #50 from the '73 Topps set.

For those who read my 1973 Topps photography blog, this card was featured there last year. It was the last card Topps made for Roberto Clemente and was included in the first series of the '73 set before the news of his plane crash could get it pulled. As a result, the back of the card shows his final career statistics.

This is one of three cards I'll be giving away. The second one comes from the 1955 Bowman set, which was the subject of this article I wrote in SMR in 2007 (the link brings up a PDF file):


Sadly, George Kell passed away in 2009. However, he lives on in the memories of those who watched him play, listened to his broadcasts and collected his baseball cards.

Finally, this one is not quite what it might seem:

It looks like a 1978 Topps card, but it's actually a 1978 Burger King card of Jim "Catfish" Hunter from the final years of his Hall of Fame career.

That gives three vintage Hall of fame cards to give away. They're not "investor-grade" quality, but they're cards that would do better in a collection than in my dupes box. Just to clarify: there will be three separate giveaways (and three separate winners), not just one.

Unlike last time, there are no restrictions to who can enter. All you need to do is enter a comment below. There will be three separate drawings, all involving a time-honored method involving scissors, paper and a hat. Any bloggers who post about this contest will get an extra entry into the drawing. I'll keep this up until Sunday evening and announce the winners on Monday. Good luck!

53 comments:

  1. Glad I got up early today. Cool stuff.

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  2. I'm in. I'll post about it later: http://just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com

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  3. Count me in. keep up the great articles.

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  4. Count me in also. Love reading your articles.

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  5. Nice contest. Does the BK Catfish card use the same pic as the Topps card? For some reason I don't remember this card, but it could be one of the hundred or so cards I never got from this set. Great blog by the way.

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  6. Love that '73 Clemente, I'm in :)

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  7. Agree on the niceness of that Clemente...count me in!

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  8. There is something about that Roberto card that has alway struck me. It's an unusual angle for a picture. To be an action shot and have so much sky in the background reminds me of the tragic events.

    And the Kell card just screams vintage.

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  9. Wow,
    I've heard of Rock, Paper, Scissors. I've even heard of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock.
    But I've never heard of Scissors, Paper, Hat?!

    I've plugged your little deal in over on my blog:
    http://dawgbonesaphilliesphan.blogspot.com/2011/01/another-vintage-card-giveaway.html

    I would truly love to sit that Jim Hunter card next to my signed baseball. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. thanks for this, and congrats on the milestone.

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  11. I'm in, thanks! I just hit 50 the other day, so I know how great it is! Scary that 50 people found what I write to be interesting, though.

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  12. I just hit 50 not too long ago on mine too, so lets make me 53 here. I'm in. And I'll pimp ya too over at www.collectorscrack.blogspot.com

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  13. Congrats on the big 5-0!!!
    This blog should be required reading for all!!! Screw the new stuff!!! Vintage is what we REALLY want to see!!! Contest is pimped and I am following, still...
    Thanks! I would love to win MORE 1955 Bowman from you!
    Cheers!

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  14. thanks for the contest and keep up the great writing!

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  15. Love vintage! Im in. Congrats on 50!

    Cam, www.thebullpencardboard.blogspot.com

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  16. Congrats! Interesting and Informative Blog! Count me in

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  17. Woo hoo! Love me some vintage! Count me in!

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  18. I'm in! Consider it plugged.

    http://babennysbaseballcardbuffet.blogspot.com/2011/01/group-break-haul-group-break-plug-and.html

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  19. Follower #58 here. Sweet blog, wish I had found it earlier.

    http://cardsfromthequarry.blogspot.com/

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  20. Commenting and pimped...

    http://playattheplatedude.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-about-some-free-vintage.html

    Thanks Chris!

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  21. I would love to win that Clemente! Fingers crossed.

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  22. Here's the re-post!
    http://crawfordcards.blogspot.com/2011/01/contest-at-vintage-sportcards.html

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  23. Cool contest! I gotta get that Kell.

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  24. Congrats on the milestone!

    The best thing about these contests is that I find more stuff to read when people have 'em! That Clemente wouldn't suck either, though. ;)

    I do have 2 of that awesome Catfish already, so if I do win it, pass it onto Dawgbones, who expressed a very specific interest in it (I've got a Catfish-signed National Old-Timer's Day cover; met him in '88, great guy, so I totally get it), or, if you want to keep it fair all the way through, pick another name in the hat.

    Also: to answer Jason's question about it if no one else has yet, the Hunter Burger King card is the same pic as the Topps card, though that wasn't always the case with the BK cards ('77 Reggie and the '78 Tigers rookies being the classic examples there).

    Good luck, everyone!

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  25. congrats on 5-0. Have always been drawn to the 55 Bowman.

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  26. I'm in. Thanks for the competition

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  27. Contest Pimped. Bottom of the post.

    http://plaschkethysweaterisargyle.blogspot.com/2011/01/trade-with-my-past-timei-love-it-chad.html

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  28. COntest is Plugged!!


    http://the-only-sister.blogspot.com/

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  29. Hi, I will be posting about this on vonscards.wordpress.com

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  30. Being a Tiger fan I am always up for a Kell.

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  31. Here's my comment.
    Here's my link for you:http://emeraldcitydiamondgems.blogspot.com/2011/01/who-wants-some-vintage-goodness.html
    Thanks for holding the contest.

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  32. Cool contest. I'll post an "ad" on both of my blogs. :)

    edit: heh-----the word verification is "beggera" --- appropriate for a contest

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  33. Congrats on 50.
    I love that Hunter card.

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  34. I'm in. Thanks for the contest.

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  35. Congrats! Thanks for being so generous.

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  36. Congrats on 50. Isn't there a BK Catfish sandwich down south?

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  37. The '73 set is without a doubt my favorite "vintage" set. (Can 70s sets count as vintage?) Thanks for the contest

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  38. Good job on the 50! Awesome giveaway!

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  39. It is now Midnight on Sunday. The polls are closed, and I now need to get a drawing done. Thanks to all who entered...all I can say is "Wow!" What a turnout!

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  40. And...Winners have been picked! I'll announce the results once the winners claim their prizes.

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  41. Didn't realize that you had a 1973 blog...this blog and that one will be added to my links at ultimateset.blogspot.com

    Hope I can get that Clemente card, one of the few I need to complete my set from my birth year.

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  42. Doh! didn't realize I was too late...oh well, I'll still post the links

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  43. Iam glad i found this,i love the cards from the 70's

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  44. hope to start a phila.flyers card blog soon.

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