This is your public service announcement reminding you that there are two 2014 blog contests in process and a whole bunch of people who could use your votes.
The first 2014 Bip Awards (notice I didn't say "first annual" because that is a crime against the human language) are taking place at A Cardboard Problem. The awards cover "best blog" "best rookie blog" and a host of other categories, stretching into other social media outlets like Twitter.
People can make nominations through the end of next week. There's an official entry form and everything. I believe there are prizes, too, which I don't know if I like because people do all kinds of questionable things when prizes are involved. But the more my blog readers nominate and vote the better chance there is for the right bloggers to get mentioned.
There is also a 2nd Best Blog Of The Year Award, which is being run by 2 by 3 Heroes. The reason it's the "2nd Best Blog" award is because I apparently keep hogging the blog of the year awards. So I guess I've already won the 2014 blog of the year award. I bow humbly.
Please vote in this contest, too, because there are like 200 terrific card blogs out there, not just one.
Meanwhile, I've got to show some cards with this post or nobody is going to read it.
I received my group break cards from Cards On Cards' 2014 Topps mini break recently. I liked this break because the cost was only a few cards that madding would like. Since I've sent madding around 50 packages in the last seven years, this was easy payment.
My minis weren't Dodgers because I have a lot of those already (and I was late to picking the Dodgers slot). So I went with some teams that I hope others will enjoy. You won't see those here, because they're a surprise.
I also received a handful of Dodgers wants with the minis. They were all from my want list:
Sadly, all but the Figgins card came with a top left corner ding. I'll give Crawford a pass because it's just Opening Day. But I'll probably pick up another Turner and Maholm to ease my OCD.
That should have been a voting category -- most Obsessive Compulsive collector. We'd have a few entries for that one.