What a tournament.
We had top seeds dominate, we had lower-ranked seeds cause upsets, we had wise decisions that led to victories, we had poor decisions that led to defeat. We had intense battles. We had great music. And at the end of it all, Led Zeppelin were crowned champions.
A sincere thanks to all of you who've followed the tourney over the past 7 Sundays. I enjoyed writing out all the battles, reconnected with some great bands that I hadn't listened to in a while, and discovered from the comments section that quite a few of you card collectors and bloggers have a passion for rock music as well. Pretty cool!
I hope you clicked on the videos and links in each battle. Most of them featured live performances from the contesting bands that week, and I find that those live performances are often better and more interesting than the studio versions of the same songs.
I also think rock and roll pairs very well with 1970s trading card designs, which is why I chose a '70s design for these rock band cards in the first place.
And that brings me back to the reason for this summary.
As a way of showing my appreciation for your readership, I'm going to send a small prize to all of you who left a comment on any of the battles throughout the tournament:
One card of your choice from the rock band set!
Here's the list of commenters (blogs in parentheses):
Crocodile (Crocodile Sports Cards)
Fuji (The Chronicles of Fuji)
Elliptical Man (The View from the Third Floor)
GCA (The Collective Mind)
Brett Alan (none)
Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life!)
Matt (Diamond Jesters)
Jon (A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts)
Jafronius (A Pack To Be Named Later)
Night Owl (Night Owl Cards)
Bulldog (Nothing if not Random)
Jim from Downingtown (multiple blogs)
If you see your name above, congratulations! You've earned the card.
Just leave a comment below with your card choice. I've got plenty of each band, so please do choose whichever one you'd like. (And if you know someone who might be interested in any of these cards, feel free to send them a link to my eBay store. I've even got the complete set available at a discounted price.)
I should have most of your mailing addresses from previous giveaways here on the blog, but if you haven't participated in any previous giveaways, please send me that information.
Thanks again for following along. If you missed any of the battles, I've added a tab to the toolbar at the top of this blog for convenient access.
Rock on, collectors. Rock on.