Been Busy Over Here

It’s been a busy time over in the Sports Card Blog household. I’ve been working a crazy schedule, although it is very quiet and I’m usually able to update from work so my hours are all crazy. Sometimes I don’t even know what day it is, I feel like Night Owl sometimes as I work swing shift 3 days a week and graveyard twice a week.

Also, my days off have been busy visiting possible places to get married. Although we may have finally found our place, it’s just time to figure out a date. That part is still up in the air, but it might coincide with the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. If that’s the case, well, we know what would happen then. I’d have to miss ANOTHER National. But some things are just a little more important.

I’ve always been trying to find a better job to fix those above things. Better hours and better pay are almost extremely easy with any job I can find. I just need to find it. I’m making below minimum wage if you include the gas I need to drive 50 minutes to my job. If I get a job in my town, I can save $200 a month and use that for wedding/National. See, I’m always thinking ahead.

Couple all of that while trying to write and think of things to write for the blog, and I get a little bit behind. Today and yesterday are just two of those days where I have to bite the bullet and not add much in terms of content and just putting up a post so everyone knows I’m alive and still thinking about them. Trying to do a post a day at times can be difficult. I work graveyard tonight, so I’ll have plenty of time to run through the latest preview or news I have. I have a few ideas that should be fun…including the beginning of my hype for 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup vs. 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey. I’m hoping to be able to get a box of each and have an epic battle and give away some contents, but we’ll have to see what I can do about that.

In the mean time, if anyone has anything they’d like to see, please let me know. I know I still have to spin the Wheel O’ Awesome for a certain contest winner and I may do that tomorrow night and I know I still need to order some team bags for the last two contests. Just making notes here too. You get a bit of everything with me today.

So tomorrow morning expect something awesome already put up.

Contest Results #5

I think this is my fifth installment of contests here on Sports Card Blog. So I’m excited about that. I’ve given out a ton of awesome prizes and they will continue through time. Although I haven’t spun the Wheel O’ Awesome in awhile. I might need to break that out again soon, or build a better version as it runs a little rough, lol.

Anyway, you’re here for the awesome news, previews, reviews, and contests. So let’s get the results of that contest part done so the anxious can settle down.

My back is bothering me the past couple of days and today so I didn’t make a video this time around. I don’t play favorites or any of that so you’ll have to trust me on the randomizers. And no, BA Benny did not win again (still a lucky guy!)

The winner after 3 randomizations of the 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars prize pack is…

RJ! Congrats on your first win! And thanks for commenting your opinion on manufactured patch autographs!

We only got up to 53 Likes on our Facebook page. I did require that 75 be the magic number needed for a sweet dual autograph bonus for the next contest. But we did make it above 50, so I will add in a different random bonus basketball autograph for the winner.

And the winner after 3 randomizations of the 2011 Panini Gold Standard + 2011 Panini Season Update basketball double prize pack is…

Trevor Picone! Congrats on your first win as well! And thanks for the “Like” on Facebook!

I will be contacting the both of you for shipping information. You may now post your acceptance speeches in the comments area.

Thanks to everyone who entered by giving their opinions and pressed “Like” on Facebook. Make sure you use all those links at the top right to stay informed on what is going on here at Sports Card Blog. This has been a daily blog since day 1 and will strive to continue that service bringing you daily updates around the sports card world. Who knows when the next contest may pop up as well? You’ll want to stay tuned.

2 New Contests For This Week

I think this is contest round #4 here at Sports Card Blog. We’ve only been around for a little over 3 months and we are getting some great feedback from our readers and we love you all.

See, this love seems to go both ways. What do we do when we love someone and they love us back? We give out free stuff.

So this time around we have two contests going.

Contest #1 is to read my review of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football and post in the comments area of that post what you think about the product and what you think about manufactured patches like the one I pulled. A random comment will receive a Vincent Brown autograph manufactured patch rookie, 4 rookies, the Philip Rivers Longevity parallel, a rookie insert, and all my doubles of base cards. This prize pack is 19 total cards, so it’s a big one.

Contest #2 is also a big one in terms of cards. For this one, all you have to do is “Like” the Sports Card Blog page on Facebook. We currently only have 38 “Likes” so I’m looking to up that number a little bit. If you wish to post that you “Liked” the page on here, go ahead, but I’ll be picking from all the Facebook people for this prize pack. This one consists of cards pulled from my 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball review live from the 1977 Portland Trailblazers NBA Championship court and my 2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball review. Right now the prize pack consists of the Karl Malone GU, the DeJuan Blair GU, and the Chris Kaman GU. Plus 2 other numbered cards from Gold Standard and a bunch of inserts from Panini Season Update. If we can get up to 75 Likes, I will also include the Udoh/Johnson dual rookie autograph numbered to just 20.

Both of these contests will end on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 5pm PST.

Make sure you thank Panini for giving us the opportunity to review their products and give away some of their fine cards that I pull. Make sure you visit their blog as they always have giveaways as well and up to date news on all their upcoming products.

Contest #3 Winners

I’ll make this short and sweet for you guys.

The winner from the 2010-11 Totally Certified basketball review is the person who guessed closest without going over to the serial number 192. That would be….BA Benny with a guess of 177! We had a lot of people closer, they just went over the number :( Congrats BA Benny with another contest win! That’s two in a row.

The winner from the 2010-11 Zenith hockey review is the person who guessed closest without going over to the serial number 067. That would be….Ashley with a guess of 056! I believe that is RJ’s wife, a Twitter follower of mine. Glad to see a loyal follower with a win! Congrats!

I will be emailing each of you for your address and notice of winning. I think I still have yours BA Benny from the last time you lucky dog.

Thanks to everyone for entering and stay tuned for more awesome giveaways! I haven’t used the Wheel O Awesome in awhile…might have to break that out pretty soon.

And be sure to thank Panini America as well for sponsoring the site with great boxes to review. Every time I get a box to review from Panini, free hits from the product will be going out and others will be added to the vault for future prizes.

2 More Contests Running!

Some more hot contest action here at Sports Card Blog. We have two guess the serial number contests going on for all of you readers. Check read the reviews of Panini Zenith hockey and Panini Totally Certified basketball! Then post a comment about the product and your serial number guess. Simple as that. Both contests feature some nice game used pieces from both products. So another big thanks goes out to Panini for providing the boxes to review.

First Contest: 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Basketball Review

Second Contest: 2010-11 Panini Zenith Hockey Review

Comment and guess, you could be our next winner! Entries will cease on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 10pm PST with winners announced on Wednesday.

Also, I have opened my 2011 Allen & Ginter box for the Gint-A-Cuffs Battle of the Bloggers contest. I will have a review on that product shortly as I have been a busy man recently.