A long time ago, in a blog post far, far away, I offered up ALL the cards I had that were not part of my collection (or were not yet entered into my database). During the process, it occurred to me that I should snap a picture of the "Last Great Tribecards Giveaway" in action:
Above, you see a part of the process. On the left, stacks of cards with the teams I was not looking for at the time this was taken. Basically, I had several boxes of unsorted cards which I went through 5 or 6 teams at a time. If the cards were of the teams I wanted to pull out, they got put into the sorter you see in the upper right. Otherwise, they were relegated to the stacks on the left until I was ready to repeat the procedure. The 10-section sorter in the middle top area is where I sorted the selected teams based on each person that wanted that team. It's either not as complicated as it seems, or is way more complicated than it probably needed to be. I'm not really sure anymore. Everything is something of a blur.
Once everything was sorted, each person's cards were placed in other sorters (in the photo above, one such sorter is seen mid-right). After I completed each person's requests, I packaged the cards up for shipping. Well, that was the theory anyway. In practice, I ended up with many, many stacks of cards divided by requester. Once everything had been sorted and distributed, then I packaged them up:
First and foremost, the number of cards each person gets was determined by the number of cards I had for a given team. Next, the number of people asking for particular teams affected the number of cards each of those folks receive. Makes sense, right? If 15 people ask for Yankees, each person (theoretically) will get fewer cards than if only 2 people ask for Pirates. Another factor that comes into play is the number of teams requested. Generally, most people received at least SOME cards from each team they asked for. There are exceptions, of course, but I tried to spread the wealth as best as possible. The one main exception to that was the "12 Days" requests. The folks that had asked for cards during the "12 Days" giveaway were given extra cards because they have been waiting MUCH too long for their cards (in my opinion. As is turns out, you all are a bunch of amazingly patient and forgiving folks!!).
I only have three addresses that I'm missing, and those folks have been contacted. What does that mean? That means *ALL* the packages should go out Monday!! WAHOO!!
THANK YOU to everyone that asked to participate in the "12 Days" and "Last Great" giveaways!! I hope you enjoy your cards as much as I enjoyed putting these together. It's a lot of work, but knowing these cards are going to the folks that collect them makes it all worth it! And those that asked for "anything" or "random oddball cards," you have no idea what you've called upon yourselves!
Poetic Justice Note: After I had sealed up all the packages, my son walks in with a binder full of cards he had been collecting. He drops the folder on the floor and says, "Hey, you can give these away, too!" AUGH! Well, I'll save those for trading or some other giveaways later. Who knows what will become of those yet.