1 Year of SportsCardBlog.net

At least one post a day.

That was my writing goal when I began SportsCardBlog.net exactly one year ago today.

I actually had the thought to start a site/blog a couple of years ago and I ran the idea by Mike Silvia, owner of Sports Card Forum. He said if I was looking to make money it probably wasn’t the best idea unless I was planning to put a ton of time and money into it.

But last year, after sitting around unemployed for a bit and needing something to pass the time between getting denied for jobs I was overqualified for or underqualified for, I decided to start a blog about my favorite hobby.

And thus, SportsCardBlog.net began.

A few months in after I bought some products to review, Panini’s Tracy Hackler took a liking to my blog and offered a sponsorship to review products. I was surprised and shocked at the same time. It usually takes quite a bit longer to get that kind of attention from card companies. I believe without the early support from Panini, this site wouldn’t be where it is today and would not continue growing. And recently, Upper Deck has gotten on board.

I could not have asked for a better first year of this site. I’ve got a loyal reader base and have made some great contacts and friends along the way. I wish I could attend the 2012 NSCC to meet with everyone but as I said, I’m kinda getting married two days later.

So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the people who read this site, my followers on Twitter, Panini and Upper Deck for their support in product reviews, the other card companies who keep me in the loop, and everyone else who has had a part in helping this site grow.

I look forward to another year and what the future will bring. I have some great ideas coming up that will help and add more positive contributions to the hobby as a whole so you’ll definitely want to stay around for that.

Blogoversary Contest #4 – The Bash

Blogoversary contest #4 is a little different then the others and with that difference comes some better prizes because this is a test of skill and a little bit of luck.

SportsCardBlog.net has been viewed around 125,000 times since it went live on April 23, 2011. (+ or – 1,000) Your goal is to guess exactly how many views this blog will have at the end of the day on April 23, 2012.

The winner will receive the spoils, there is no doubt in that.

2010-11 UD SPGU Mike Cammalleri GU Jersey

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads Hideo Nomo GU Jersey

2012 Topps Magic Robert Housler RC Autograph

2011-12 Panini Preferred “Forward” Booklet 8x GU Jersey (90s forwards)

So we got a little bit of everything from each sport and each card company going out to the person who can guess the closest number of visitors at the end of the official blogoversary day. You have until Sunday, April, 22, 2012 to make your guesses.

(Hint: This site has gone up in viewers every month since it was created. So taking an average won’t get you close!)

Blogoversary #3 Winner

Blogoversary contest #3 has ended. And a winner has been declared. We’re just keeping it simple with the results shown below.

As a reminder, the winner receives a Panini NFL Player of the Day t-shirt and set of cards.

Drum roll please…

Well that picture isn’t that great. But if you look closely, it says Matt G.

So a big congrats to Matt G. Personally, I think it’s about time the randomizer gave him some love. I’ll be emailing you shortly for your address.

Look for another new contest starting tomorrow that should be a great one. I’ll have to put something totally awesome in that one since it will last until the official blogoversary date.

Stay tuned!

Blogoversary Contest #3

And the contests just keep on coming to celebrate our one year blogoversary.

This time it’s another simple contest for prizes that I won again on Field Level View during their NFL Player of the Day contest. (Hey, I wanted a chance to open a Black Box too!) The prize winnings here include a NFL Player of the Day t-shirt along with a full set of NFL Player of the Day cards and Rookie Review cards! (Minus Andre Johnson, blame FLV for that!)

So it’s a pretty sweet package. I’ve been saving it for the blogoversary.

Another simple entry into this contest as well. Just tell me your favorite NFL football team in the comments below to enter. This giveaway will end on Monday, April, 16, 2012, at 11:59PM PST.

And stay tuned for more contests running all April long from SportsCardBlog.net.

Blogoversary Contest #2 Winner

It’s the birthday of the SportsCardBlog.net website and we are giving stuff away all month long. The second of the blogoversary contests has been decided. The winner of the official Panini America t-shirt is…

Kazi!

Kazi, I’ll be sending you an email shortly for address information.

Look for another contest up either tomorrow or Thursday to continue celebrating the first year of SportsCardBlog.net! There are still some doozies to go!