Friday, January 2, 2015

State of Tribecards: Realistic Outlook

Welcome to the new year, fellow card collectors and Tribecards readers. Tonight, as I sit listening to my daughter's iPhone streaming Pandora through some mini speakers she got for Christmas, I decided to give an update on all things Tribecards.

First and foremost: Giveaway mailings are SEVERELY delayed. I have not put in the hours needed to get everything sorted and processed. That is ridiculous, I know. There are no excuses, no reasons. The simple truth is that I haven't done it. I can only promise that it WILL get done. I can no longer promise when. At this point, I have cards from TWO full seasons still to sort and mail plus last season's cards and winnings and prizes to get rolling. All I can promise is that when I get mailings sorted and ready, I will post here to let you know. I apologize for not having these done by now, which I know is small consolation.

Second: Pack-A-Daily. Given how far behind I am on two full seasons of Tribecards Pack-A-Day, there is a very good chance that this season's daily pack busting will either be delayed or may not come about at all. I just don't know right now. Frankly, things seem insurmountable, though I know they aren't. It is a matter of setting aside the time and rolling up my sleeves. The pack breaks and addition of OOTP have been a great source of fun, so I have set Opening Day as a goal for making sure everything is taken care of before launching the new giveaway. I sorely miss the "12 Days of Christmas" giveaways I used to do. I hope to start those up again next year!

Third: Possible name change. When I set out and created, my goal was to share my love of collecting Indians cards with anyone that happened by. And though I still collect Indians cards whenever I can, the true focus of this card blog is no longer Cleveland Indians cards. In fact, aside from the giveaways, there really isn't a focus at all. So, as I regroup and get things sorted, I will also be looking into changing the name of the site to better reflect what I do with the hobby.

Fourth: Postings. I suppose this goes along with the focus, but I am putting together a "posting plan" in which I plan to have certain topics covered on certain days. For example, I might have a Throwback Thursday or a Wacky Card Wednesday (Oddballs, etc). I dunno. All I know is that this endeavor has hit something of a stagnation point and I need to something to kick start me before I start thinking of simply turning off the lights.

Fifth: Turning out the lights. I have seriously considered shutting down Tribecards altogether. When I first started, I had a fire and a desire to share my crazy obsession with Indians baseball cards. While there is a fire for the crazy OOTP-inspired giveaways, I have to admit the desire has been waning for some time, as I'm sure many of you have discerned on your own by now. I had actually started this post on New Year's Eve, planning to announce the closure of the site altogether (though the giveaway mailings would certainly be fulfilled). We've all seen card blogs come and go. I've been doing this since around 2007. More than seven years ago, I began this journey and I feel as though I have been wandering aimlessly in the woods at times. As I mentioned above, I hope my plan (once I had it lined out) will help find that fire and desire I want back. So, for now, anyway, we'll leave the lights on.

Thanks to everyone that comes by to see what weird shenanigans I'm up to next!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Strange Things Are Happening To Me

Quick note: I don't know, exactly, what was causing my site to redirect to some weird ad site, but I've disabled all ads, counters, etc, and that seems to have fixed it.

So, now I will attempt to answer comments!

Thanks, --David

Monday, December 8, 2014

A tasty treat from Nachos Grande

Waaaay back in September, I got an envelope from Chris over at Nachos Grande. Somehow, I managed to forget to post what was inside! Well, we're taking care of that RIGHT NOW!

Inside the envelope was a cut-up pocket page, so I got a 3-pocket section. In each section, there were two cards, er items!

He sent me two "Crash the Game" cards (top), a 1991 Sandy Alomar Jr All-Star card from UD (lower left), a 1997 Score Hobby Reserve Kevin Mitchell, and two 1995 Fleer/Panini baseball Stickers (bottom right)!

These are very cool! THANK YOU so much, Chris! There are certainly a tasty Tribecards treat!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cards, Packs and More from Hot Corner Cards!

Hello, everyone!
 Sorry I haven't written in a while, but as usually happens after the season ends, I took a break from posting to get myself ready for sorting and packing. That will be happening over the next couple weeks. I had planned to get it all done over Thanksgiving, but it didn't, so basically, we're looking at a Christmas delivery schedule.

In the meantime, I spent some time this past week in San Diego at a conference. While there, I walked over to Petco Park for the Winter Wonderland, which was awesome! I will post pics of that and the stories to go with them next time.

But, tonight, I am posting because Hot Corner Cards sent a BIG box of wax for next season's Tribecards Pack-A-Day Giveaway. When I say a BIG box, I mean it!

What is in this thing!? How about no fewer than 70 packs of 1991 Upper Deck!? How about at least three Qubi's!? How about several other wax packs (at least 9 of them) from various years/companies/etc!? The UD packs are opened, so I assume each one has whatever cards HCC didn't want out of them. Then again, maybe they were opened and who knows why. I do know that they seem to have a different amount of cards in the packs - some are thicker than others. I am not holding that against anyone! I will take gift wax packs any day of the week. This is going to be so much fun!

Top all that off with a plastic box of loose cards, most of which are Indians - one is a 1957 Al Smith no less! There is also a bubblewrap envelope with at least 100 Indians cards in there as well! And, I cannot forget to mention several loose cards just floating around the box. WOW! This is an amazing start to next year's giveaway program! (Er, excuse the extraneous sundries strewn about the desktop)

Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I will sort through the Indians to see which cards I need for my personal collection. Any cards I already have will be used in next year's giveaway.

THANK YOU so much to HOT CORNER CARDS for this incredible gift!

Monday, November 10, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp Awards! Who were the best the 2014 season?

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I am here to announce the winners of the various awards PAD Circus has to offer through OOTP. Each manager with a an award-winning player will receive some kind of bonus in their giveaway package! If you manage more than one winner, you will get a prize for EACH player that wins an award!

First Up, the Greatest Glove Guard Awards:

Best Defenders Announced by Blogger League: On the defensive side of the game pitchers always get the glory, but the best pitchers know their success hinges on the gloves behind them. The defensive dream team in the Blogger League for 2013 has been announced, and the Greatest Glove Guard trophies will be presented to these outstanding fielders:

Pitcher: Curt Schilling (Dominic FDNYs)
Catcher: Joe Mauer (Texas PlayAtThePlates)
First Baseman: Patrick Wisdom (Illinois Superduperman99)
Second Baseman: Omar Infante (California JoshDs)
Third Baseman: Don Kelly (Michigan PatWs)
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki (Oregon Erins)
Left Fielder: Alex Gordon (California JoshDs)
Center Fielder: Billy Hamilton (Pennsylvania NachosGrandes)
Right Fielder: Jon Jay (Illinois Superduperman99)

WordPress League Announces Best Glovemen for 2013: Good defense can be the difference between taking the championship and coming in second. The Wordpress League announced its top defenders at each position today. Here are the Greatest Glove Guard winners for 2013:

Pitcher: Chubby Dean (Pennsylvania BCs)
Catcher: Alex Avila (Texas RJBreezes)
First Baseman: James Loney (Ontario Jennings)
Second Baseman: Anthony Rendon (Tokyo Otakus)
Third Baseman: Evan Longoria (Ohio TSHensons)
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera (Florida Workmans)
Left Fielder: Shane Victorino (Virginia Dawgbones)
Center Fielder: Junior Lake (Iowa Pedersejs)
Right Fielder: Kosuke Fukudome (Illinois PTownToms)

How about the Rookies for the year?

Moore This Year's Blogger League Best Rookie: It wasn't a stroke of good luck that got Utah's Henry Moore the 2013 Blogger League Best Newcomer, it was his skill on the field. The gifted left fielder performed well with a .379 batting average, while playing in 155 games and delivering 234 hits in 617 at-bats. His totals also included 1 home run, 80 RBIs, 99 runs scored, 58 walks and a .434 OPB.Eric Hosmer of the California JoshDs finished second in voting, while Lonnie Chisenhall of the Arkansas Tribecards finished third.

Over in the WordPress League, Cespedes Rewarded with Best Newcomer: All the votes are in for the Wordpress League Best Newcomer. The honor for 2013 has been presented to Yoenis Cespedes, left fielder for the EG9460s. He fashioned a .343 batting average, piling up 210 hits in 612 at-bats, 37 home runs, 61 walks, 136 RBIs and a .406 OBP.Bryce Harper of the Minnesota GCRLs finished second in voting, while Charlie Geggus of the Ontario Kazis finished third.

Blogger League Manager of Year:
DeShon of Illinois Voted Top Manager in BL: An outstanding season by the Superduperman99 garnered their manager Weston DeShon the Blogger League Manager of the Year award for 2013. He led Illinois to a 94-68 record this year and a third place finish in the Blogger League Leicester Division. Even so, DeShon seemed less than thrilled. "I don't give a damn about the award," he growled to reporters, "I just want this team to win championships!"

WordPress Manager of the Year:
WL Top Skipper is Workman of Florida: Matt Workman has molded the Florida Workmans into a top-flight Wordpress League team. The 2013 Skipper of the Year came into spring training with a commitment to getting the most out of his Workmans. "I told them I had no preconceived notions about them, that all of them were blank slates as far as I was concerned. I told them to learn my system and we would win. I told them all the spots on the roster were open, that the best players would play -- young or old, rookie or vet -- and that I expected them to hustle, to work hard, and play as a team. They bought into it and made me look good." And Matt Workman certainly got the most out of his ballclub. The Workmans wrapped up the season in first place in the Wordpress League Caring Cross Division with a 112-50 record.

Top Hurler Ring Toss Awards for Blogger and WordPress Leagues:

Madison Bumgarner Top Blogger League Hurler: 22-year-old Madison Bumgarner of the Dominic FDNYs put together a good year in 2013 for such a young player. Bumgarner was named today as the winner of the Blogger League Ring Toss Champion. Bumgarner crafted an impressive 22-5 record and a 1.81 ERA. In 244 innings he allowed 203 hits, struck out 247, and walked 34.Toad Ramsey of the Arkansas Tribecards finished second in voting, while Alex Voss of the Illinois Superduperman99 finished third.

Kazis Star Receives WordPress Ring Toss Champion: He's in the early phase of his career, but this past season Charlie Geggus performed like a veteran on the hill for the Ontario Kazis and walked away with the Wordpress League Ring Toss Champion in the process. The 22-year-old Kazis star fashioned a 27-3 won-loss record in 2013 with a 1.63 ERA. In 248.1 innings of work and 33 starts, Geggus struck out 340 while giving up 156 hits and 76 walks. He held opposing batters to a .181 average.Roy Halladay of the Texas RJBreezes finished second in voting, while Daniel Hudson of the Wisconsin Thorzuls finished third.

And, finally, we have the Super Stick Swinger Awards:

Votto Nabs Blogger League Super Stick Swinger: It's been a year of triumph for veteran Joey Votto of the Pennsylvania NachosGrandes as he hit his way to the 2013 Blogger League Super Stick Swinger. The 28-year-old veteran compiled a .354 average and .454 on-base percentage by putting together 218 hits, 42 doubles, 4 triples, 38 home runs and 114 walks. He also scored 146 times and drove in 117 runs.Matt Kemp of the New York Night Owls finished second in voting, while Albert Pujols of the Missouri Wilsons finished third.

Great Year Gets Gonzalez WordPress League Super Stick Swinger: Adrian Gonzalez has been around PackADaily League enough to know a good hot streak when he sees one -- and he got to see one firsthand all year. For his standout run through the 2013 season, he's taking home the Super Stick Swinger in the Wordpress League. The Minnesota first baseman put up a batting average of .403 with 62 doubles, 1 triple, 32 home runs and 131 RBIs.Lance Berkman of the Texas RJBreezes finished second in voting, while Ryan J Braun of the Wisconsin Thorzuls finished third.

Congratulations, Managers and players! I will most likely come up with other PAD-Specific Awards as well, so be sure to check back. Plus, I will have a season wrap-up post, talking about the good, bad, and ugly of hosting this past season's Tribecards Giveaway.

Thanks to EVERYONE that played along or watched from the bleachers! This was a lot of work, but was also some of the most fun I've had collecting and doing the giveaways!