How Did Sports Card Blog Do in the NFL POD Promotion?

Well the results have been tallied from all the blogs and sites invited to do the NFL Player of the Day promotion with Panini.

While our participants were obviously the best of them all, we were not able to come home with the grand prize of 10 hobby boxes of Panini product. While that may have been the ultimate goal on my end, I was able to achieve the next best thing.

We won the runner-up prize for the (second) best promotion put on by those invitees! So a big thank you goes out to everyone who made this happen. Of course, a big thank you goes out to Panini. But also, I want to thank each and every one of our 22 participants. With our weekly promotions, we were able to accumulate a huge number of impressions for the NFL POD ads and clicks.

So I thank you all for having fun with me in this promotion.

Want to see what I was able to snag as my prize?

A 2011 Panini NFL Player of the Day autograph of Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks! While I’m not a Seahawks fan, even though I live in the Pacific Northwest, this would make great trade bait towards my favorite team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

So again, I thank you all for helping get me as far as we could get and I hope everyone enjoyed playing the games and enjoyed your prizes. Hopefully we can try this again next year!

Preview: 2011 Topps Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

November 23rd is only a week away which means we are only a week away from 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball which gives you another chance to pull a Bryce Harper rookie autograph. Of course, Bryce Harper is obviously the main attraction but there will be 30 other rookie autographs for you to chase along with the several parallels and the addition of autographed Futures Game relics as well.

Each pack of this 24 packs per box product will feature 2 Bowman cards, two Chromes, one parallel, and two Futures Game stars or Team USA cards. You will also find at least one Chrome autograph and maybe a bonus hit of an autograph from a player on Team USA. The autographs will be paralleled quite a bit with regular refactors, blue, gold, orange, purple, red, printing plates, and of course, the highly collectible superfractor 1 of 1.

The regular base set will only have 3 parallels with blue refractors numbered to 499, reds numbered to 1, and printing plates. But the Chromes will have all their standard refractor goodness with regular refractors, blue, gold, orange, red, printing plates, superfractors, and the Canary Diamond 1 of 1s celebrating Topps 60th birthday.

Finally, the new addition is the inclusion of Futures Game jerseys with regular jerseys, jumbo patches, regular patches, and even some Logoman 1 of 1s. Imagine pulling the first Bryce Harper logoman or other hot rookies like Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt.

While I am not a prospector, I know what kind of value Bowman and Bowman Chrome brought this year so I am expecting a success from this product as well.

Here is the preliminary checklist which probably changed a little bit.

Better yet, just got a hold of the 2011 Bowman Draft & Prospects Final checklist!!


Brushes With Greatness: Meeting Martell Webster

This is part three of my series of my personal brushes with professional athletes. While Martell may not be a huge name, he is definitely worthy of discussing in my meeting with him.

It was the summer of 2008 and one of my former teachers at Portland State had recommended that I volunteer with Special Olympics Oregon at the Portland Trailblazers 3-on-3 Street Jam. She told me what they had volunteers do and she knew I played and enjoyed basketball so she made sure I knew that I would have a good time.

Well a good time I definitely had. They immediately put me on the main court, which I featured in my break and review of 2011 Panini Gold Standard basketball. They lay out the 1977 NBA Championship court the Portland Trailblazers played on out in the courtyard outside the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. I was able to hang out there and score some of the best games played all tournament long where there were always a ton of spectators.

But one of my favorite spectators happened to be sitting right off the court getting ready for some TV interviews about the Special Olympics and the Make It Better foundation put on by the Trailblazers. After his TV interview a few people went up to him and asked for autographs, so I grabbed a pen and tried to find something for him to sign. When I couldn’t find anything I just went up to him and had him sign my t-shirt. I made a joke about me having to squat down a bit so he could sign my shirt since him and I are about the same height, since I’m 6’8” tall. We shared a laugh and I let the next person in line get their autograph.

But that wasn’t the end. Before the Kid’s Clinic and before the Dunk Contest, Martell came over and sat next to me before these events on the main court since I had the best seats in the house at my scorer’s table. We sat down and chat for a few minutes and we talked about a few things from his 3-point shooting skills to where in the world he bought his jeans because it’s hard finding jeans long enough for tall people like us. (He actually gave me the name of a great store!) I asked him for a picture and he had no problem having someone take a picture of us. Sadly, I didn’t shave that day and looked terrible, but it’s still a great memory.

The only negative about the meeting was that I didn’t have anything better for him to sign. I was forced to wash the shirt before the third day of me volunteering that weekend and the autograph faded. But I made sure that I found a nice certified autograph or two of him on trading cards for my collection since he was such a nice and personable guy. I was sad when he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as he probably wouldn’t be at the event again, but from what I hear, he is still doing great things for the community in Minnesota and up in his hometown of Seattle.

Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 8 Winner

Week 8 was a tough one first of all trying to guess who would be the starting quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. When I created the contest on Thursday, it was 50/50 that AJ Feeley was going to start so I assumed he would as the Rams are out of the playoff race and would want to make sure Sam Bradford didn’t further injure himself.

But the Rams started Sam Bradford and that threw everything off. For that, everyone who predicted a yardage amount would get the points no matter who started. It’s only fair to allow everyone who guessed to get the chance for points.

Anyway, here is this week’s standings and the beginning of the November monthly standings:

Edwin G. – 15
Michael G. – 13
Shane K. – 13
Christian N. – 11
Harley E. – 11
Jay R. – 9
Matt G. – 8
Madison V. – 8
Weirdmaniac – 7
Jordan L. – 7
RJ R. – 6
KJ L. – 6
Evan – 6

So a big congratulations goes out to Edwin G. for winning the Danny Amendola autograph! This is his second weekly win so definitely a big congrats there. Make sure you visit the official NFL Player of the Day site to learn how you can win in your local hobby shop!

There will be a game on Thursday this week, but I will be posting the contest on Thursday and we won’t count the Thursday game as to keep this contest on it’s schedule of every Thursday. I’d hate to post it early and include that game for those who are used to visiting on Thursdays.

See you Thursday!

Epic Cards: 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Rookie Autograph

First, this was a big night in Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Albert Pujols decided to go yard 3 times which tied a record for most homers in a game with Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth. His 6 RBIs also tied a record with Hideki Matsui and someone else…I can’t remember off the top of my head. And his 14 total bases is a new World Series record.

What is the most expensive card of “The Machine” or as I now dub him, “Senor Octubre”? That’s easy, the 2001 Bowman Chrome rookie autograph of his. There are only 500 copies of this autographed rookie card which means whenever one hits the market, there are some serious looks at it. These things can sell up for up to 5 figures, especially on a night where he put on a show like last night.

Now don’t go out there buying boxes and boxes of 2001 Bowman Chrome baseball. These were only available as redemption cards which have expired long ago. No one really knows how many of these are out on the market, but I’m guessing that number is less then the 500 made.

I know that I would much rather put my money towards one of these cards then a Bryce Harper rookie autograph which is coming out on the 10 year anniversary of the release of this great modern day card.