Monday, May 14, 2012

To celebrate my 2,000th post, I threw out cards


This is post number 2,000. Good gosh, how many words is that?

Thanks for reading, enjoying and commenting. You'll be happy to know there is a contest attached to this. But I'm not sure if you'll want to enter it.

Part of what I did on my vacation last week was to organize some cards. I am continuing to inventory my cards, and as I plod along on a task that's taken me years, it's pretty clear that I have far more cards than I thought I did. This was also evident as I also organized two large boxes of duplicates.

In fact, that part of the organizing distressed me so much that I actually threw out a bunch of cards.

This is something that I'd never do before, but I think it was necessary.

I have no more room for any "extra" cards. The barn is full. And as I stared at those duplicates, stacks and stacks of 1990 Topps and 1989 Fleer, I knew that I could never get rid of them. I've tried it all, trades, charity, garage sales, and there are just some cards that nobody wants.

So I threw out a good-sized pile of junk wax. It felt good. Cleansing.

But before I threw them out, I stacked them according to set. I was curious to know which junk wax set featured the most dupes. And this is where the contest lies.

Here are the sets that I stacked up:

1987 Donruss
1987 Fleer
1987 Topps
1988 Donruss
1988 Fleer
1988 Score
1988 Topps
1989 Donruss
1989 Fleer
1989 Score
1989 Upper Deck
1990 Bowman
1990 Donruss
1990 Fleer
1990 Kmart
1990 Score
1990 Topps
1990 Upper Deck
1991 Donruss
1991 Fleer
1991 Leaf
1991 Score
1991 Topps
1991 Upper Deck
1992 Donruss
1992 Fleer
1992 Leaf
1992 Score
1992 Topps
1992 Upper Deck
1993 Donruss
1993 Fleer
1993 Topps
1993 Upper Deck

Of all those sets, five of them emerged as the ones with the most dupes. They were clear winners. Especially two of them.

Your job as a contestant is to list which five sets those were. Also, place them in order from the most cards to the least cards.

The winner will be the one who chooses the five sets and gets closest to the correct order.

If there is a tie, then it's randomizer time.

So what do you win?

Well, in keeping with the theme, you win my doubles!!!!!!

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Wait! Wait! Where are you going? Come back!

I promise none of the doubles that you will win will be from junk wax central.

Here is somewhat of an idea of the kind of cards that you will win:


A decent mix of today's cards and cards from yesteryear.

Also, I received a shipment of cards today that greatly enhances my selection and quality of doubles:


 Fan Favorites doubles!!!!! Only some of the best kinds of doubles ever.

And, if a Dodger fan wins the contest, you can expect extra goodies.

I will be giving 200 cards to the winner. I could give away 2,000, but, really, who wants that many cards? I certainly don't want to ship them.

And don't worry, you won't be getting 10 copies of a 1994 Topps Mark Langston card. Each double in the lot will be unique from all the other doubles in the package.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying that you're a contestant. Also, if you really want any junk wax cards, say so in the comments. I didn't throw ALL of it out. I don't think that's possible.

Take advantage of this while you can. It's not every day that I'm in throw-out mode.

45 comments:

  1. This is a daunting task to be sure!
    Here are my 5 guess from most to least.
    91 Score
    87 topps
    89 topps
    92 Score
    90 Fleer

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  2. Funny thing... At the exact same time you posted this, I was having a jaw-dropping moment where I found a box containing a couple of thousand doubles of sets like 1986 & 1987 Topps, and 2000 & 2001 Bowman. I looked through the box and mentally screamed "OH MY GOD, WHY DO I STILL HAVE THIS STUFF?????"

    Mine are also getting trashed. On the plus side, I also found some stuff which will be blog material.

    As for your contest... I appreciate the offer, but I clearly need to purge more of my own cards before I start taking on other people's doubles.

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  3. And to think, I've been toying with the idea of actually trying to collect the 1990 Topps set, the 1991 Fleer set, and maybe the 1992 Score set...and here you are throwing them out!

    For the contest:
    I'll go with: (most to least)
    1991 Score
    1987 Topps
    1991 Topps
    1991 Upper Deck
    1993 Upper Deck

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  4. First of all N.O. congratulations on 2000 posts, an amazing achievement!!

    Thank you for the contest, here are my guesses in order from most to least.

    91 Fleer
    90 Donruss
    89 Score
    88 Score
    90 Topps

    Here's to another 2000 posts!

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  5. I'll go with what I have the most of. Maybe we have similar tastes.

    1. 89 Fleer
    2. 87 Topps
    3. 88 Score
    4. 88 Donruss
    5. 90 Fleer

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  6. Congrats on the milestone! 2,000 posts is staggering.

    Here's my guesses from most to least, thanks for the contest!

    1988 Topps
    1993 Upper Deck
    1989 Topps
    1990 Topps
    1991 Fleer

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  7. From most to least...
    1990 Score
    1991 Donruss
    1992 Topps
    1989 Fleer
    1988 Score

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  8. I am hoping you had the same buying patterns as me:
    Most to least
    1993 Upper Deck
    1992 Donruss
    1991 Fleer
    1989 Upper Deck
    1988 Topps

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  9. My guess, similar to what I've got a ton of, with the exception of the '93 UD, which I somehow don't have that many of.

    1989 Topps
    1990 Topps
    1993 Upper Deck
    1991 Upper Deck
    1988 Topps

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  10. from most to least

    1990 donruss
    1993 upper deck
    1990 topps
    1991 fleer
    1989 topps

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  11. Congrats on your achievement !

    1990 Donruss
    1987 Topps
    1992 Score
    1991 Fleer
    1990 Score

    What ?! You threw out cards ??!!

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  12. Interesting contest.

    By the way, nice shot of Ms. Bjorlin on the right. Bjorlin and Milano would make a great double play combo.

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  13. Actually, would you believe that I don't actually own any 1987 Fleer or Donruss? Yes, I used to...but I traded or sold them all in the late 1980s (before we all realized just how much of it was out there).

    I actually think '87 Fleer was a great-looking design and would gladly take any dupes from that set (Donruss, too) if anybody was thinking about just tossing them away.

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  14. Believe me, if you saw which cards I threw away, you wouldn't want them.

    Fan of Reds, if you decide on collecting '91 Fleer or '92 Score, let me know. I will gladly send you my NON-DUPES of those two sets.

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  15. 89 Donruss
    90 Fleer
    87 Topps
    88 Topps
    90 Donruss

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  16. Nice. I got rid of most of my common doubles in 1999 and I don't miss them, especially since I moved a few times since.

    I would not guess Fleer because in a 540-card box, there would be hardly any duplicates. Meanwhile, a Topps box seemed to always have some players four times.

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  17. I need (from my 1987 Topps Wantlist) #'s 103, 223, 340, 366, 411, 433, 457, 459, 462, 597, 608, 648, 709. I would definitely appreciate any help in that regard! Email me (from my blogger profile) or comment back if you're interested!!!

    My guesses, from MOST to least:

    1988 Donruss
    1990 Donruss
    1991 Topps
    1993 Upper Deck
    1990 Fleer

    Here goes nuthin'!

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  18. 1990 Fleer
    1991 Score
    1989 Topps
    1989 Donruss
    1992 Topps

    In 2000 posts, I bet you broke or got close to one million words. Few could say that.

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  19. 1989 Topps
    1990 Fleer
    1989 Donruss
    1991 Score
    1987 Topps

    Congrats on your milestone!

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  20. Most to least...
    1988 Score
    1987 Topps
    1990 Fleer
    1988 Topps
    1989 Donruss

    does anybody have a method to their guessing process? I'm just totally throwing out a random guess here.

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  21. you meant, you recycled them, right?

    um....

    1989 Toops
    1988 Topps
    1988 Score
    1991 UD
    1990 Fleer

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  22. Congrats on the 2000 posts. I know it's asking a lot, but I'm looking forward to the next 2000.

    For the contest I'll say

    1988 Donruss
    1993 Topps
    1992 Topps
    1988 Topps
    1991 Upper Deck

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  23. 1990 Donruss
    1991 Fleer
    1987 Topps
    1988 Topps
    1991 Upper Deck

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  24. 1987 Topps
    1990 Topps
    1992 Upper Deck
    1989 Donruss
    1991 Score

    That is my order from most to least. Thanks!

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  25. 1988 Donruss
    1993 Upper Deck
    1991 Fleer
    1992 Topps
    1990 Score

    I've been toying with completing all of the 1992 sets, but haven't bit the bullet, yet.

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  26. 1988 Donruss
    1993 Upper Deck
    1991 Fleer
    1992 Topps
    1990 Score

    I've been toying with completing all of the 1992 sets, but haven't bit the bullet, yet.

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  27. I don't get it: Blogger tells me I incorrectly entered the word verification "words" yet now I've posted my comment twice. ARGGHH!!

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  28. 88 Topps
    90 Donruss
    90 Topps
    87 Topps
    91 Donruss

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  29. I'll guess, in order:
    87 Topps
    88 Topps
    88 Donruss
    89 Donruss
    90 Topps

    I'd be happy to take 93 UD, 92 Leaf and especially 93 Fleer. Don't have any interesting Dodgers to trade (just did trades with Nomo's Sushi and GCRL) but maybe you'd be interested in an autographed Frank Robinson card (or six of them!)?

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  30. I'll send you what I've got of those, Bo, after the contest is through.

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  31. I didn't collect in the 90s, so I became somewhat of the junk wax king at my local shop filling in the ones I liked. Thinking of trying 1988 Topps next, so I'll take those.

    My guess (and bulk roster):

    1991 Upper Deck
    1990 Donruss
    1992 Score
    1989 Topps
    1991 Topps (still working on the variations myself)

    Greg A

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  32. 1988 Donruss
    1990 Bowman
    1991 Topps
    1992 Upper Deck
    1993 Fleer

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  33. My guess from most to least:

    89 Donruss
    88 Donruss
    91 Fleer
    90 Donruss
    93 Upper Deck

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  34. 89 topps
    90 donruss
    90 score
    91 fleer
    87 topps

    and congrats on 2000!!!

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  35. Oh and while I was first and in a rush to enter the contest I neglected to say congrats and thank you. You're a roll model for us all. Keep up the good work and here's to 2000 more posts!

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  36. Congrats on the milestone! Here goes:

    87 Topps
    91 Donruss
    93 Upper Deck
    89 Fleer
    91 Score

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  37. Thanks cynicalbuddha.

    And thanks for the checklist!!!!

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  38. 1990 Upper Deck
    1990 Score
    1991 Topps
    1989 Fleer
    1993 Upper Deck

    Ya know - old junk wax cards make great fire starters.

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  39. woo hoo - posting as wordpress is fixed!

    1991 Topps
    1993 Upper Deck
    1988 Topps
    1990 Score
    1992 Topps

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  40. OK you were 5 in 1971 that puts you at 21 in 1987 but you may not have had a job but you probably had some money by 1989, which went to cards. Here it goes:

    1989 Topps
    1989 Fleer (I liked this set)
    1988 Topps
    1990 Donruss
    1987 Topps

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  41. Oof. My guess:

    1987 Topps (most)
    1989 Topps
    1990 Fleer
    1990 Topps
    1991 Donruss (least)

    I see now that I put them in chronological order as well. Go with your gut, I guess.

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  42. Congratulations Night Owl. It's always blown my mind that you not only post so consistently but also so consistently well. To maintain a high quality over such a long period of time is really a great accomplishment. Here's to another 2000!

    From most to least:

    1991 Score
    1990 Score
    1989 Score
    1988 Score
    1992 Score

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  43. Congrats on 2000 posts! You are certainly a legend in the blogoverse.

    My guess, from most to least:

    88 Donruss
    89 Donruss
    87 Topps
    90 Upper Deck
    91 Topps

    I'd certainly be interested in the Topps cards to see if I can try to complete those sets.

    Thanks again for the contest, and here's the next 2000 posts!

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  44. Drats! Blogger dumped my comment again! I'll try to repost:

    Congrats on your 2000th post! You certainly are a legend in the blogosphere. Here are my guesses (most ot least):

    89 Dunruss
    88 Donruss
    87 Topps
    91 Topps
    90 Upper Deck

    I'd also be interested in your Topps sets duplcates to see if I can get close to completing mine.

    Thanks for the contest and here's to the next 2000 posts!

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