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400 reasons to hold a contest

Yes, that's a Kim "Terrell Owens has 25 million reasons why he should be alive" Etheredge reference. One of the great sports quotes of all time.

Things are going well here for the night owl. The Dodgers just finished off their major league-record tying 12th straight victory at home, getting a solid outing out of Jeff Weaver of all people. Meanwhile, this is my 400th post. So with the milestones flying all over the place, it's the perfect time to hand out some swag to a lucky reader.

I try to keep my contests as simple as possible. I don't like thinking that much when I enter other bloggers' contests, so I try to dumb it down as much as possible. With that in mind, here is the background and the contest question:

As some readers know, I returned to the baseball card hobby full-time in 2006, collecting the '06 Topps flagship set solely through purchasing packs at retail stores. I bought so many packs that not only did I complete the entire 659-card set though that method, but I came pretty close to completing an entire second set of '06 Topps.

So, this is the contest question: how many cards short am I of a second complete 2006 Topps set?

And here is the tie-breaker question: name one of the players in the set that I need in order to complete the set a second time.

You are not required to get both questions correct. The second question is only a tie-breaker in the event that more than one person guesses the first question correctly.

If no one gets the first question correct or the second question correct, I will declare the winner as the person whose player guess comes closest to one of the actual missing players in terms of the card number on the back. So, if you guess, say, Jeff Weaver, who is card No. 217 in the set, and one of the missing players is No. 221 and there is no one who guessed a number within four of one of the missing players, then you are the winner.

If there are still two people tied after all of that, then I will simply go with the person who left a comment first.

Got all that? (Hmmm, maybe this isn't as simple as I thought). Basically, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post that goes something like this: "24 cards, Bengie Molina." And I'll do the rest.

Deadline to comment in this contest is 11 p.m. Sunday night. In a day or so, I'll link the contest up on the sidebar so people who didn't see the post today can still enter.

OK, now on to what the winner gets. I really need to clean house with some of my cards. But I'm not going to dump all my junk wax on you. That's a guilt trip I can't handle. So I've hand-selected some cards that someone may (or may not) want. It's a wide variety of stuff. Let's have a look.

The winner gets:

1. These six 400 series mini cards from 2008 Topps Heritage. I never liked these cards as much as Allen & Ginter minis. So, you're the lucky beneficiary.

2. A 1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter rookie card. Look how young Derek looks here.

3. A 1990-91 Score Eric Lindros rookie card. At one time this card was priced in the double digits. Now, I believe you can get the card for a quarter. But it's still cool. For those who didn't hate Lindros, that is.

4. A 1989 Randy Johnson rookie card. Ah, a rookie from the era of overproduction. Somebody out there still needs this card, right?

5. A 1989 Topps Bob Welch error card. You've got to love error cards from the 1980s. They were so specific.

The error is the fact that the "complete major league pitching statistics" line is missing from the black bar that crosses the length of the card. (Oooh, major gaffe, Topps!). Beckett says the error card is worth 10 bucks. Whatever. It's not hard to find.

6. Six of these stand-up dealies from 1986 Leaf. You'll get Boggs here, as well as Kirby Puckett, Dick Howser, Mike Schmidt, Ryne Sandberg and Roger Clemens. They commemorate the 1986 All-Star Game, which was held in the Astrodome, may it rest in peace.

7. A 1983 Topps card of the Wizard of Oz. One of the finer Topps cards of Smith.

8. Ryne Sandberg's 1983 Donruss rookie card. Another card that books for 10 bucks. Probably because Ryne is wearing his blue jammies in the photo.

9. 20 cards from my favorite card decade, the 1970s. These are two of the cards you will receive, and they're a pretty fair representation of the condition of the cards. They're not mint or even in excellent shape. I'd say "very good" for the vast majority. In the lot are three 1971 Topps (don't worry Matt F., nothing you need), seven 1974 Topps, three 1975 Topps, three 1978 Topps and four 1979 Topps.

10. A 1954 Topps card of Tom Terrific here. Nice smile. He was "one of the White Sox's best pinch-hitters in 1953." High praise.

11. Since everyone's all gaga over 2009 Heritage and the 1960 set, I'll throw in an original 1960 card of an absolute nobody. He hit .132 in 1959. But at least this card doesn't have that annoying "buy-back" stamp on it.

12. I've got to make sure there are some modern cards in the prize package, too, so the winner will also get 15 Topps Attax cards from 2009, as well as 20 random 2009 Topps Heritage cards.

13. And, lastly, what's a card contest without an autographed card? The winner will get this 2004 Fan Favorites certified auto card of everyone's favorite Tiger and Twin, Jack Morris.

So now that you've read all that, it's time to make your guesses! Thanks for playing, and as always thanks for reading and commenting.

Comments

madding said…
I'll go with 23 and Jake Peavy. Because that rhymes. Sort of. Not really, actually.
Anonymous said…
19, Derrick Turnbow - because he was one of the last cards I needed for the set.
Grand Cards said…
I think that you're 34 cards away and need none other than Mr. Curtis Granderson
Unknown said…
my guess is 49 cards and you are missing # 253 Derrek Lee's gold glove award card - I will be 49 in a couple of weeks and its a Cubs card I picked out just being very random.
gcrl said…
32 and torii hunter
Matt Runyon said…
9 cards to complete the set, Brandon Webb
Doubleplay said…
19 Roy Halladay
jacobmrley said…
42 cards away - and just for gits and shiggles, david eckstein.
beardy said…
21 cards short, and you still need Ramon Hernendez.
Dan said…
I'll take a stab at it with 47 cards, and #220 Jason Bay
I'll guess 51 cards and you need Trevor Hoffman
AdamE said…
8 short with Pettite being on eof them.

Unless you count Gordon.
night owl said…
Not counting Alex Gordon, Adam. I sort of eluded to that by mentioning "659-card set" in the post.
dayf said…
You need 6 cards for the second set, Lance Niekro is one of 'em.
burnsee2 said…
15 short and you're missing Albert Pujols.
Duane said…
I'll go with lucky number 13.

Derek Jeter
Anonymous said…
22, JJ Hardy
Sooz said…
14 and ARod.
steveisjewish said…
11 cards - john karonka rangers version
Nachos Grande said…
12 short
And missing Aaron Harang.
TheJaw said…
17 cards short - Matt Cain
Andy said…
3 short

Tim Wakefield
TonyGillen said…
6 cards - Rondell White
Captain Canuck said…
60 and AJ Pierzinski

thanks!
halos17 said…
78 & Garret Anderson
Motherscratcher said…
I'll guess 23 cards and Jorge Posada.

By the way, for those of us who haven't seen it, could you describe Ryne's jammies?
Don said…
I will guess 10 cards and Justin Verlander
darkship said…
33 cards and missing Coco Crisp
night owl said…
Motherscratcher - the Ryne rookie card is the one I showed in the post. He's sporting those fine Cub jammie-like uniforms of the early '80s.

But if you want me to describe them still: I think they zipped on the side and came with the feet attached. Some featured Winnie-the-Pooh characters, if I remember correctly. Leon Durham always want the ones with Tigger on them.
Dan said…
I'll guess 38 cards and Francsico Liriano
zman40 said…
41 cards and ross gload
Aaron said…
17 cards, and Bengie Molina
Matt F. said…
Holy Motherload Batman!

You are missing 25 cards and you are missing card #447 Jacque Jones.
Dinged Corners said…
59 and dallas mcpherson
--David said…
I'm going to say 12 cards and you're missing Griffey Jr.
Motherscratcher said…
Thanks for the clarification Night Owl. I thought maybe they would have had Yodas and S*** on em.
Flash said…
29 Cards
Dan Uggla
Erin said…
79 cards.
Roger Clemens.

I suck at guessing games.
Chris said…
16 cards short of the second set.
Mark Teahen
TonyG said…
63 cards to collect; Craig Biggio
Mark Aubrey said…
32 cards to go with Mike Morse being one of them.

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