Contest: First Sports Card Blog Contest

The time has come for the first Sports Card Blog contest.

After a record breaking almost 600 views to Sports Card Blog on June 1st, 2011, I am rewarding my viewers with the possibilities of fabulous prizes. Of course, everyone wants to know what these fabulous prizes will be. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out below.

For those who can’t view YouTube while at work or wish to not see my ugly mug, here is a breakdown of the current prizes available.

- 20 card base lot

-10 card insert lot

-1 game used card

-1 autograph card

-1 autographed 8×10

-1 Fathead Tradeable

-Mystery Box (containing autographs, game used, sports swag, terrible cards, or anything related to sports)

-Your Choice

You really need to see the video if you are confused now. If you are still at work, that’s fine. But you can always just cover up my ugly mug until I go into first person mode with the camera.

You will be spinning my “Wheel of Prizes” (name pending). Or I will, but you will tell me how to spin. Light, Medium, or Hard. This is how the majority Sports Card Blog prizes will be given out.

Rules:

-1 Entry Per Household/Person (Don’t bogart the prizes)

-You must post a comment to this post – One comment equal 1 entry – Please also post how hard you would like me to spin!

-Winners will be picked via Random.ORG for the spin of the wheel

-If a prize that requires a random number to be drawn wins, I will spin the wheel again for the random number. That random number will determine your prizes from the stack. For instance, 10 card insert lot. If a 3 is rolled, you get every 3rd card from the stack until you get 10 inserts.

-If the base lot is won, I will email you for your address and a 3 team request. All or one of those teams will be in your lot. If I run out of that team, I reserve the right to throw in randoms. (Especially basketball, don’t have many basketball cards currently)

-You may enter immediately, however, entries are closed on Sunday, June 5th, 2011, at 11:59PM PST. That gives you about 2 and a half days.

-Bonus Entry: Because of my record setting view day, I am rewarding the members of Freedom Cardboard a bonus entry if you post your Freedom Cardboard username and it checks out. Why am I rewarding them? Over 200 Freedom Cardboard members clicked on a link to my blog, beating out everywhere else I posted. If you have not joined Freedom Cardboard, make sure you join them today using this link for your bonus entry.

-More Winners? If 20+ different people enter this contest I will award 1 extra prize for each 10 additional people (up to 10 total prizes). So tell your friends.

That’s about it. Everything will be recorded and posted hopefully on Monday or Tuesday.

Also, if you wish to be creative and think of a name for the spinning prize wheel, that would be great. Get your comments in now!

No Purchase Necessary (NPN)

Do you love the gamble of opening packs or boxes of product? So do I. Well the fact is that it pretty much is a gamble when you buy a pack of cards as you are hoping to pull something big. The odds are stacked against you to pull an insert, game used, autograph, etc. Well because the odds are stacked against you, companies had to create the option of getting one of those cards for free or else they would have to limit the people who could buy packs. If they had to limit the people then obviously the customer base would get smaller and since it would then be considered gambling, it would have to be heavily taxed.

No Purchase Necessary (NPN) is found on the back of all your packs of cards that you open. Right after it gives you the odds of what you can pull, the NPN information is located. Usually it requires you to send an index card with your name, address, and telephone number to an address. Upper Deck’s NPN is slightly different, and in my opinion better. They have you go to the Upper Deck NPN website. I likeĀ  their NPN system better because you don’t have to go through the effort of filling out an index card, putting it in an envelope, and then paying for a stamp. Using the online system you never have to worry about the postal service getting your mail there. I’d love it if every company adopted that system.

Plus if you’re Canadian and terrible at math, you don’t have to answer the always funny “skill testings” question. In case you Canadians are wondering, the reasoning behind the question is basically that Canadian law does not ban gambling if it is a “skill” game instead of just plain gambling odds. So if you Canadians are good at math, that is considered a “skill”. I always thought the best Canadian skill was people with good manners and creating poutine (just kidding, I love you neighbors to the north). The sad thing is, I don’t think you have to actually get the answer right.

I’ve probably entered 10 NPN sweepstakes in my sports card collecting career, accumulating one winning prize. A 2009 O-Pee-Chee Premier Alex Tanguay autograph #/50. I am mainly an autograph collector so I was stoked when that prize came in from Upper Deck. I know it’s not a high value card, but a free card? Can’t beat that.