|1962 Topps #311, Tony Kubek In Action|
Back in 1962, I bet kids were really excited to find this card in packs. Using their imaginations, they'd be able to scan through the four frames and watch Tony Kubek turning a double play. Then they could rewind the action and run the instant replay as many times as they wanted.
And that imagination was important, because instant replay during televised sports broadcasts didn't occur until 1963, the year after Kubek's card was released. In other words, maybe we're a bit spoiled with all the camera angles and super-slow-mo replays and graphic overlays we receive during modern sports broadcasts. Spoiled, or bombarded, depending on how you look at it.
But Kubek "turning two" on that card is just a lead-in to the real reason for this post. Something else is turning two, in an anniversary type of way.
And I'm happy to say that for a second consecutive year, I managed to hit the mark of posting new content once a week, every Sunday, throughout the year (with the exception of the 1980 Miracle on Ice entry, which I posted on a Saturday to match the 40-year anniversary of that event). The goal is to stick to the every-Sunday schedule again for year three.
As a way of thanking all of you for reading and commenting throughout the past two years, I'd like to offer up some prizes from my collection. Even if you're a long-time reader, first-time commenter, don't be bashful about staking a claim. Just let me know which one you'd like in the comment section below.
One prize per person, first to claim the prize gets it, so prepare your typing fingers. Here they are:
(1) A few shiny and colorful Topps Chrome cards [CLAIMED]
(Jake Peavy, Mike Napoli, Matt Garza)
(2) A few minor-league stars from 2008 Justifiable [CLAIMED]
(Allen Craig, Mike Moustakas, Carlos Santana, Julio Teheran)
(3) Three Beltres Belting (borrowed that idea from Billy at Cardboard History)
(6) Two Sealed 1989 Donruss Baseball Wax Packs [CLAIMED]
(Chance at RCs of Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Craig Biggio, and John Smoltz to name a few)
(7) Two Sealed 1990-91 Topps Hockey Wax Packs [CLAIMED]
(Chance at RCs of Mike Modano, Alexander Mogilny, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Richter, and Mark Recchi to name a few)
(8) Assortment of Baseball Wax Pack Wrappers [CLAIMED]
(Included are 1984, 1985, 1987 Topps; 1981, 1986 Fleer; 1982, 1986, 1987 Donruss. Great variety of advertisements and special offers on the sides.)
(9) 1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Boxed Set [CLAIMED]
(10) Starter Set of 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Hockey [CLAIMED]
(You'll get 100 cards total, which is half the set. Included are stars like Gretzky, Jagr, and Thornton.)
(11) Trio of Notre Dame football cards
(Rocket Ismail, Ricky Watters, and an autographed card of Pete Bercich)
(12) Group of "Tall Boy" Cards
(Dave Winfield, Chris Weber, Jacques Lemaire, Chad Pennington)
(13) Group of Basketball Cards
(About two dozen total. Most from the 1990s, plus a few modern cards.)
(14) Group of 1982 Topps E.T. cards
(15) Group of 1996 Skybox Star Wars Stickers
(16) Oddball/Food Issue Baseball Lot [CLAIMED]
(1980 Topps Squirt Soda card, 1985 7-Eleven West Region Steve Garvey and Eddie Murray discs, 1986 RGI Don Mattingly, 1987 Jiffy Pop Jack Morris disc, 1987 Sportflics pin offer, 1989 Donruss All-Star pop-up Vince Coleman, 1991 Collect-a-Books Matt Williams)
(17) Group of Minis [CLAIMED]
(1965 Autobrite Vintage Cars "Early M.G.", 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Culinary Curiosities Fugu, 1990-91 Upper Deck box cutout Wayne Gretzky, 2013 Bowman Chrome Miguel Almonte, 2013 Topps Mini Dylan Bundy, 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini no number Joe Mauer)
(18) Group of Bowman Cards [CLAIMED]
(Marcell Ozuna, Jedd Gyorko, Garin Cecchini, Johan Santana, Yoenis Cespedis, Adalberto Mondesi, Max Fried, Adam Eaton, Sonny Gray)
(19) Packet of New York Islanders Media Notes from 1987 Playoffs
(Includes rosters, stats, player notes, and more that members of the Islanders' TV and radio broadcast teams would have used during a playoff game against the Washington Capitals on April 12, 1987. More than a dozen pages in all.)
(20) A 2014 New York Yankees Media Guide
(Almost 500 pages of news, notes, player bios, all-time leaders, and photos. Measures about 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Paperback. Jeter, A-Rod, Gardner, Sabathia, Sanchez, Ellsbury, etc.)
Stake your claims in the comment section. You can send me your mailing address in either of these ways:
(1) Contact me on the Trading Card Database through my profile page.
(2) Email me here: gmixo [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Thanks very much again for spending some time here over the past two years. I've really enjoyed the interaction. If we've traded some cards or had conversation outside of the blogosphere during that time, a big thank you for that, too.
Here's to year number three!
Update: I've added a red "[CLAIMED]" note next to each prize that's already been claimed. Still plenty of prizes available: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20.