OK, here it is, the 5,000-card giveaway. I must be nuts:
A) This is a lot of cards.
B) This is a lot of work
C) This is a lot of postage
D) Who has the time?
E) There is youtube and Netflix to watch
F) There are spring training games to watch
G) This is a lot of work!
But I want to acknowledge people who are still at it, reading this blog after a dozen-plus years and 5,000-plus posts. Sure, probably most weren't around at the very beginning. I'd love to acknowledge them the most, but there's no way of verifying that, so I'm opening this giveaway up to everyone. Yeah, even you, anonymous, and, you, prize hound, and, you, folks who didn't even hear of this blog until "The 5,000-card giveaway ..." popped up on the social media site.
It's possible there won't be that many people who want the cards anyway. It's not like I'm giving away sapphire chrome or Formula 1 cards or whatever is the be-all right now.
All this is is (is is?) trying to produce is what I would like a repack to be when I buy a repack.
I want repacks to contain interesting cards. What usually happens is like 10 of the cards are interesting and the other two-thirds or three-quarters or four-fifths are "my god how many 1990 Donruss cards were printed anyway??"
So, what I'm doing is going through my collection and finding some cards that at least I think are interesting. Many of these are extras in my collection but some of them are not -- it's just time to get them out of the house, why am I hanging on to them?
I want to give away 20 "repacks" of 250 cards. Do the math, that's 5,000 cards.
That there is the start of the giveaway. It's only about 300 cards in that picture. I haven't had any time to gather cards and there is still so much to get to.
The four Adrian Beltre cards at the top of the post will be included in the giveaway -- sorry, the one everyone wants isn't there, if I had it, it would be in my collection and no way would I be giving it away.
Here are some highlights-slash-a-good-representation-of-cards-contained-therein-if-you-should-win:
Just a sampling, really. The 1980 Kellogg's cards are extras and just about all are in great shape. This doesn't mean one person is getting all of those, I will distribute them across the board as a good repack would.
There will be other goodies too, which I haven't determined because, again, the job is behaving very rudely right now. But the cards will be a wide cross-section. And unlike the common variety repack, I have skipped anything that has to do with 1989 Fleer, 1991 Donruss, 1991 Upper Deck, 1987 Topps, 1989 Donruss, 1990 Fleer, 1989 Topps, 1991 Fleer, 1991 Score, etc, etc, you know the deal.
Anything related to that time period that happens to slip in will be either a star or notable player or an oddball. That's my mission anyway. There is no complaint department here, so if a 1988 Topps Donn Pall ends up in your giveaway repack, hey, see excuses A through G above. I'm just one guy here.
Also, I have these things:
That is a stack of not just 2008 Topps Heritage, but ...
... 2008 Topps Heritage black backs, plus whatever '08 Heritage High Number black backs I have.
I believe it's the entire 145-card black back main set. The reason I don't know for sure is because I haven't looked at them for a long time and have really, really, really, really, REALLY soured on back variations like this. I avoid looking at them because I'll just question what the heck I was doing spending money on such ridiculousness.
Plus, I still don't have the Jon Lester card from the main set and I just looked up the price on that and I am not paying 30-40 bucks for a card from 2008 just to finish my set. 2008 Heritage now contains a lot of pain for me, so it's best I get rid of at least SOME of the cards.
So, the Heritage will be a separate giveaway unrelated to the 5,000-card repack giveaway.
Now, this is how it's going to go:
The first 20 people who comment on this post who write "I want a repack," will get a 250-card repack.
If those people sign on as "anonymous," they must identify themselves in some way in the comment and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming their ID and providing an address. In fact, anyone -- except for those who regularly comment here and have dealt with me before as far as in the mailing cards realm -- better send me a contact address.
As for the 2008 Heritage black back giveaway, if you want in on that, mention it in the comments. For those people who want those cards, I will randomize the entrants and determine a winner.
I will write a post later mentioning who has won and updating the contest, etc.
Once you become a winner, know that you are at the mercy of:
A) The post office
B) My ridiculous lack of time
C) I only have so much space in the card room to stack cards
D) Um, I'm going on vacation very soon
E) I can deal with the post office only once a week and a maximum of 4-5 packages per visit without having a nervous breakdown
F) Opening Day is six days away
G) I'm kind of out of blue tape
H) That is a lot of postage
But it will get done.
Because I dig that you guys are still reading after all these years. You are good people. I get you.
So thanks for that.
Comment away, and I'm sorry if you missed this because you were watching a basketball game or whatever.
You should be reading Night Owl Cards at all times!
But really, you should be.