Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 Tribecards Giveaway from Outer Space Thingy

Josh D asked a great question:
Can you please confirm how the claiming DURING the season would work? If I leave a spot open and you pull a Yogi Berra card from a pack, can I then claim/scream "Yogi Berra!" and get that card?

Or do I only get the Yogi Berra cards that are opened after I claim?

Though I am still working on the rules themselves, this question has a couple of aspects that can be explained with certainty.

#1 - "If I leave a spot open..." - First, you do not need to leave spots open to participate or to lay claim to cards or hold a place.  The "Top 20" is merely a way to kickstart the season.  So, even if you fill up your initial 20 spots, you will still be allowed to claim players during the season.  So, by the end of the season, some people may have claimed 30 players and others only claimed 6.  It's all about what YOU want to collect (and how the initial draft plays out, of course)!

#2 - "Can I then claim/scream 'Yogi Berra!' and get that card?" - Yes. That is basically the way I envision this happening. And, you wouldn't just get THAT card. You would get EVERY Yogi Berra card we come across during the season.  The advantage to claiming Yogi in your "Top 20" of course is that you lay claim now and don't have to wait.  Well, assuming someone else didn't get him in the initial draft... It's a risk either way. After all, what if you claim him and we never see one, right?  I haven't worked out the details on how the "name it/claim it" system will work, but that is the gist of it!

#3 - "...opened after the claim?" - No, if you lay claim to a player that is unclaimed, you will get EVERY card of that player during the break.  So, even if you manage to wait until the very end to claim a player (that no one else has claimed) that you want, you will get EVERY one of his cards presented during the break (depending on "multiple players on one card" rules, etc).

As mentioned before, all unclaimed players at the end of the regular season will be randomly distributed among all the participants.

The important take-aways here:
1) You will be able to claim players throughout the season, no matter how many of your "Top 20" spots you fill.
2) You will be able to claim an unclaimed player during the season and will receive ALL of that player's cards.

As I said, I am still ironing out details of the rules, so questions like this help me do just that!

Great questions.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wrapping up loose ends from last year's break

Hey everyone!
  Boy, what a procrastinator I turned out to be, eh!?  Everyone's packages from LAST SEASON'S 182 Packs contest has been mailed as of today (Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013), EXCEPT:

Nathan (Blue Jays)
Jon (Kerry Wood, Frank Thomas, Tony Gwynn)
Tim (Cardinals, Yankees, Twins)
Andy (Mark Grace, '93+ Stadium Club)

For whatever reason, guys, I cannot find your mailing addresses.  Please shoot me your address (again!) and I'll get these sent pronto!

One other note: There is a 99.9% chance I sent AdamE two packages by mistake. I think one was for AdamS. If so, let me know and I will help get the package to the right person!

Well, on that note: If *anyone* gets the wrong cards from the 2012 break, let me know. I'll do what I can to fix it. I learned a LOT from last season's break.  This season should go much better.

--David (Tribecards)

Monday, February 18, 2013

The initial draft is now open!

Hey everyone!  The 2013 Tribecards Giveaway Draft is now OPEN!!

If you have signed up *AND* you have received the "Welcome" email from me, you can enter your initial draft picks using the form linked below.

When you fill out the form, please include the same email address you used when you signed up (er, well, except for Greg Gay. haha, use the 'corrected one.') or else I cannot match drafts with participants.

You must pick at least one player to collect (or else why would you even sign up, right?).

The remainder of the 20 slots are optional, but remember that you stand a chance to miss out on your player picks if you don't even list them at all.

This will work just like a fantasy draft: You list your picks, the draft order will be randomized, and then players will be dolled out according to their rankings.  Players will only be assigned to one participant, so if you choose "Pete Rose" and you draft him, the you get ALL Pete Rose cards pulled during the 2013 regular MLB season in this giveaway!

Draft results will be posted as soon as the draft is over.  The draft itself will take place after March 1, 2013 (the closing date for sign-ups).  If you are not signed up yet, You still have until March 1!! Just look through older posts to find the sign-up form.

Remember: You will have ample opportunity to add players throughout the season as we bust open more and more packs!!

Here is the Draft Form:

A few things to ponder:

  • I have already secured a couple packs of cards from the 70's. Though they are sealed (in fact, a little TOO sealed in my eyes), they appear to have been opened, repacked with different cards, then resealed, as is often the case with such older packs. I don't know this for a fact, it is merely speculation given the conditions. The point is: We'll see some pack-fresh cards from the 70's!
  • I am working on securing other older packs as well. I was VERY surprised to find that my readers prefer older sets of cards. 
  • Naturally, there will be a mix of packs, brands, years, etc.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Giveaway Cut-Off Date

Hey folks! Please note, I have changed the cut-off date to sign up for the Tribecards Giveaway from Outer Space (haha, I do like the sound of that).

The new cut-off date to sign up: February 28, 2013.

I had to do this because there are currently 40+ participants and I needed more time to be able to run the player draft.  So, if you are hanging out, trying to decide if you want in, NOW is the time to sign up!

The *ONLY* way to sign up is to use the form on my initial post:

After you fill out the form, I will send you an email as officially enrolling you in the giveaway. In the meantime, be thinking of your "Top 20 Players" list, as that will be used for the initial draft.

If you need help deciding on players, the links in the post below may help:

(Note: The player links are for reference only. You choose ANY player you want! Who knows what players will end up in the packs we bust open.)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tribecards Giveaway from Outer Space!

Yesterday, I mentioned that I didn't have a name for this year's giveaway.  Then, Mark reminded me that he had created a 'poster' earlier!

Thanks again, Mark - for both the pulp poster AND for reminding me you had sent this to me. Oh, yeah, AND for then reminding me you posted it on my FB page and not in email.  Yesterday was a long day, folks.

Oh, and in case you missed, I have a new POLL on the right. Feel free to chime in!

Friday, February 8, 2013

183 Days of Cards Giveaway, or something like that

I don't have a catchy name for this year's contest. Last year, I called it "182 Packs of Baseball" but that didn't actually apply since I opened packs on 182 days of the regular season, but there were over 200 actual packs opened (I opened multiple packs on more than one occasion).  Since that is likely to happen again this season, I don't want to say "183 Packs." Ah well, I digress (often).

What I am actually posting here are some links to some very helpful resources.  These are player lists/rosters to help you hammer out your picks.  Now, not everyone in these lists may have a baseball card, so you may have to do some research and then decide the odds of us busting a pack of cards with some of those guys.  Regardless, I hope these will give you a head start:

List of MLB Batters (1800s-2012) - Sorted by player last name

List of MLB Pitchers (1800s-2012) - Sorted by player last name

GameDay Roster page with links to MLB 40-Man rosters and minor league rosters.

(Note: The player links are for reference only. You choose ANY player you want! Who knows what players will end up in the packs we bust open.)

If you have other resources you'd like to share, feel free to leave a comment and I'll add them.

*My apologies to the site where I found the Batters/Pitchers lists - I can't remember where I found those. You get all the credit, though, for putting those together!

As for the first round of picks, I will send participants a link to the form we will use to indicate player choices.  Remember, the first "draft round" will consist of each participant choosing 20 players and those will be handed out in a random draft format (that is, participant names will be randomized and then their picks will be handed out based on draft order).

So, another thing to think about: the order of your initial 20 players. Just like a fantasy baseball draft, your preferred order could mean all the difference!  Once the initial draft is over, I will post the results and then we will build the rosters as we bust open packs throughout the season!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Pack-A-Day Giveaway Sign-Up

Hey, everyone!!  This is it!  With the 2013 regular MLB season almost upon us, it is time for the 2013 Pack-A-Day Giveaway sign-ups!

In case you missed it, I will be opening at least one pack of baseball cards each day of the regular season.  I did some quick math, and I believe there are 183 days in the season this year. That's TOTAL days. I don't take off for days without games, and I don't extend beyond the regular season, even if the MLB does.  The packs will range in years, makes, brands, whatever.  I haven't bought all the packs that will be opened yet either!  So, even *I* don't know what we'll see.  I imagine the bulk of the packs will come between 1980's and 2012, though we will certainly have 2013 to open.  I am also hoping to swing a couple super-vintage packs during the break (pre-1980). Who knows if that will pan out.

This year is different than last year.  I know there are a lot of player-collectors out there, so this time around, we will do player selections in a mock draft format.  I have yet to work out all the details on that.  And, for now, I don't need to.

Right now, what I want are folks to sign up to play along!  It is easy, too.  Just fill out the form linked below and reply to my confirmation email (sent separately, later).  Then, you'll be in the game!  Since the popular vote on my poll was "unlimited participants, but have a cut-off date," that's how we're rolling this season.

The CUT-OFF DATE to sign up is Thursday, February 28, 2013 (Note: I changed this on 2/10/2013!).  If you aren't signed up by then, you'll have to watch from the stands.  Wait. Did I say how much it costs? No? Well, that's because it doesn't cost you a dime.  Yeap. It is FREE to play along (hence, the term GIVEAWAY).  Now, if you would like to donate shipping money or packs to be opened, that is great. But, it is certainly not required.  I do this because it brings me the joy of collecting cardboard and sharing it with others.

So, where do you sign up?  Right here:

*I ask for your name, email, and mailing address. I use that only for shipping and to verify you are who you say you are. I do not sell, trade, nor give away your information. I just need the info in an easy-to-use format, and this is the best way I know how.

*In case there is any confusion: I am *not* giving away a pack of cards each day. I am opening a pack of cards and participants will receive the player cards of their drafting choice(s) from all the packs opened.

Rules so far (to be amended before Opening Day of 2013 regular MLB season):

  1. No two participants can claim the same player. Once a player is assigned to a participant, that participant will receive ALL cards of that player appearing by himself on any card.
  2. Cards with multiple players will be randomly distributed between participants claiming those players. In the event that only one player is claimed, that participant will get the card.
  3. Non-player cards will be put in a pile for random distribution among all participants at the end of the giveaway (during the World Series, most likely).
  4. Players will be chosen by at least two methods: 1) A mock draft in which participants choose their Top 20 players and those players will be dolled out according to a random draft order; 2) During the season, participants will be allowed to claim unclaimed players on a first-come, first-served basis each week.
  5. Each participant will be allowed to claim a finite number of players (yet to be determined). Once a participant reaches the limit of players on his/her "roster," that participant will not be allowed to claim any more players.
  6. Once a participant claims a player, that participant may NOT "unclaim" the player. That is, once a participant chooses a player, the participant is stuck with that choice. Choose carefully. :-)
  7. Participants will receive *ALL* cards of their selected player(s). This includes, but is not limited to: base, inserts, autos, game-used, manu-patches, duplicates, etc.
  8. Any disputes will be settled by decision of Tribecards. I don't anticipate any, but you never know.
  9. There is *NO* entry fee to participate. It's free. It's a giveaway. Canadian participants will be emailed a math problem they have to solve, or something like that.  
  10. Tribecards is not responsible for lost, stolen, or mishandled packages. 
  11. Tribecards makes no warranties nor guarantees on the kinds, brands, makes, models, styles, etc of cards participants will receive.
  12. Tribecards makes no guarantees as to delivery dates of winning prizes. As evidenced by the 2012 giveaway, sometimes things happen beyond my control to delay getting the packages out. The economy sucks, nothing I can do about it.
  13. So far as I know, there is no age restrictions on a giveaway being held by a middle-aged, balding guy who loves to share cardboard. But, if such an age restriction does exist, Tribecards (nor anyone associated with Tribecards) will not be held responsible. Enter according to the laws, rules and regulations of your own town, county, city, state, and/or country.
  14. Tribecards is free to make up rules as we go along as needed because, well, they're my cards and this is my game. :-)