Showing posts with label final giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label final giveaway. Show all posts

Sunday, February 28, 2010

George Strait and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Some of you may be reading the title of the post, checking the title of the blog to make sure you are in the right place, then scratching your head as to how this all connects.  Others of you, however, made the connection right away.  So, what does all of this have to do with baseball cards?  Well, the time has come to "Give it Away!"  Er, well, grammatically, "Give THEM Away," but that's not the title of the song sung by the two performers mentioned.

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:
 
The photo above does not do the sheer number of packages any justice.  The upper right portion is actually a large box that contains roughly 20 packages alone!  Now, what you may notice right away is differing sizes in packages.  Here's how that breaks down (for those interested... well, and for those not interested but who are reading along anyway):

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.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The last great Tribecards giveaway

The resurgence of "The Baseball Card Blog" has caused me to stop and think about the future of the Tribecards blog.  It is no surprise to many of you who follow this blog that the posts have been scarce in coming for the last few months.  Even the annual "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway is now more than 30 days past due. 

I have been a part of some great and fun things since starting this blog including the giveaways, creating custom cards, various contests, group breaks, etc.  While those things have been a blast to be a part of, they all served one ultimate purpose: distraction.

I have mulled and milled over the future of Tribecards, even considering closing the doors and leaving this part of my life behind me.  The problem is that I have not accomplished the goal I set when I first started writing back in August of 2007.  That goal: write about Indians baseball cards.  I even named the blog, "Indians Baseball Cards, Always."  That was diluted to "...and then some" and that devolved in to "...and Random Wax."  In truth, Indians baseball cards (except when posting the great cards people sent me) were being pushed further and further away.  I have a serious case of Internet ADD, and that carried over into the arena of card collecting and writing about my Indians collection.

As I said, I thought about shutting down and walking away.  But, I don't want to.  What began to happen in the space between my ears was that coming to my own blog simply reminded me that I had cards to sort through, to package up, and to give away.  It was a weight that I feared would crsh me under its weight if I kept coming back.  So, I've stayed away.

Fortunately, the cure came in the way of an epiphany: The ultimate giveaway.   I have a lot of cards I want to sort into teams.  And while doing that, I want to give them away to the folks that collect those teams.  So, that is what I am going to do.  A final giveaway hurrah, if you will.

Now, if you already requested a "12 Days" package, you'll be getting cards based on the teams you sent to me.  The "12 Days" theme will not be there, however.  I will be sending each of you (about 30 folks) a bunch of cards covering as many of the teams you listed as possible.  I figure each package will have 100 or so cards in it (give or take).


As for anyone/everyone else that wants to take part in this, please send email to davidinark@gmail.com and put "tribecards giveaway" in the subject (so I can find the requests).  In the email itself, list 3 baseball teams, 3 football teams, and let me know if you collect something else (non-sport, hockey, basketball, etc).  I will build giveaway packages as I go along until all the cards are gone or until the list of people runs out.

I do not want this to drag on, so I will wrap up the giveaway by the end of February.  On March 01, 2010, all remaining cards not part of my collection will be sent to one person on the list.

As the title of Michael Jackson's final song says, "This Is It."  Once this giveaway runs its course, I will be turning my focus back to the purpose I started Tribecards in the first place: to write about Indians baseball cards.  That will include things from my personal collection as well as continuing Indians cards checklists and possibly finishing the All-Time Indians by Uniform Number. 

Thank you for your continued support of Tribecards and for coming by!  Starting March 01, 2010, Tribecards will once again be about "Indians Baseball cards. Always."