Friday, September 26, 2014

Bribe Post - the "I play with dolls" edition

Matt, over at Cardboard Conundrum, offered up a bribe.  A bribe so big that it arrived in two boxes.  Matt did his homework on the "What does the commissioner collect?" front.

I know that some of you will divert your eyes when you see Orel in an Indians uniform and others will grab towels to sop up the drool.

I've been eying the following on ebay off and on for years.

A nice porcelain figure.  No, it isn't a doll and yes, Orel looks like he's about to fall backwards.

He did.  The serial number is a nice nod to his uniform number.

To my wife's relief these are now both displayed in my office at work.

Thanks, Matt, for the bribe.  Now to figure out how many points the bribes get.

Look, Topps can surprise us with unexpected cards in Allen & Ginters.  Maybe the commissioner can surprise us with bonus points for bribes.

Get your final totals in by tonight.  I'll be reviewing the scores and declaring a winner of GAC 6 soon enough.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nachos Grande bribe

Chris, from over at the Nachos Grande card blog, sent in a bribe. He's a fan of the Ginter and knows how to take care of a commissioner.

Two 1971 Topps that I needed.  And what I learned from them is to make sure I mark them off my want list.  I didn't.  I added them to my Zistle collection, but didn't do the want list.  So, when I was leafing through a binder of 1971s this weekend I purchased a duplicate.  I'll live.

The minis are a combo of Munnatawket customs and an Expo.  I'll always take customs and I'll always take Expos.

Thanks, Chris, for the cards.  As always, a bribe offered, or accepted, does not guarantee any bump in scoring.

The time is ticking away quickly for contestants to post their final scores.  There's still plenty of time to bribe the commissioner.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ruling Time

I've been sitting on this one for too long.

When Matt first sent it in (way back at the end of July), I corresponded with him sharing my fear that my initial thought that the points might be too large, knocking everyone out of the competition.

It wouldn't have been too much fun to see a total score posted of 600 points knowing that you're getting ready to rip that last pack, hoping for a good one so that you can get over the 170 point hump.

After I gave my explanation, Matt said that he was cool with that.  But I've waited too long.  It hasn't been fair to him or to the other contestants.

So, let's recap.

Matt wrote:
My box-topper was a five-card mini-pack with red-bordered minis, each numbered /33. What are the point values for these?

After much thought the Commissioner replied:
The individual cards are worth 4 points each, for a total of 20 points.  Favorite Players, Favorite Team and Yankees scoring adjustments are in play.
See that wasn't so hard.

In the interest of fairness, Matt did send in a bribe.  In no way did it influence this decision.  In fact, I haven't opened yet.  I am a fair, if not slow, commissioner.

Okay kids, you have just over a week to complete your scoring and post the results.

Thanks for playing.

More bribes to be shown soon.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hey gang, this is what a bribe looks like.

 David, over at, home of the Pack-A-Daily Circus, sent me a package, hoping to boost his anemic total.

David knocked off six of my Elusive Eight.  I had already obtained a few of these prior to receiving his package in the mail, but I won't let my lack of updating the page count against him.  Although, had he been reading my blog he would have known.  Look in the center.  Another 1 of 1.  None of this gimmicky 1 of 1.  This is a true blue auto, with a semi personalized inscription of "Gint-A-Cuffs 6 Bonus Incentives".

Coming soon... A box topper ruling AND another bribe.  Hold on to your hats, team.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New card discovered

2014-½ Topps Allen & Gingers
Lucille Ball

Points have not yet been decided.  Don't know if there are relics or not.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Commissioner wakes from his slumber

I take a nap for a week and lots of stuff happens.  Geesh!  You've been asking questions and I owe some answers.

First, my thoughts on the Conjectures post...

-1 point if you pull the base card of:
  • Snoop Lion (#23)
  • Austin Wierschke (#95)
  • Bill Rancic (#128) 
  • Anthony Bourdain (#210)
+1 point for pulling the base card of:
  • John Sullivan (#46) 
  • The Iron Sheik (#153)
  • Tanner Foust (#224)
  • Chuck Klosterman (#271) 

Since only one contestant offered his thoughts I'll address them.  JediJeff is pretty much spot on for the first set.  All people that annoy me.

The second set?  Close.  John Sullivan?  One of the inspirations behind Gint-A-Cuffs.  The Iron Sheik?  The closest thing I can think of to old school wrestling.  By old school wrestling I refer back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when the television feed came from Montreal.  Tanner Foust?  One of the hosts of Top Gear on the History Channel.  Mostly I like Rutledge Wood, but he's not in this year's set.  Chuck Klosterman is an interesting pick for me.  When I saw his name I immediately stuck him with the first group.  Last year, blogger Kari Wagner-Peck wrote a letter to Mr. Klosterman, calling him out on his choice of words in some of his writings.  In an act of redemption, Mr. Klosterman addressed the issue and made amends.  There's all sorts of posters (you kids call them memes) out there that say something to the effect of: "It is how you react to your mistakes that shape you."  His response is what put him in the second group.

There.  That's your peek into the Commissioner's thought process.  Now on to the questions.

I'm going to paraphrase some of the questions as a few of them came directly to my inbox.

Q: Stadiums of  Yore?  Points?  No Points?
A: No points.  They aren't players, they aren't part of the team.  Yankees Stadium does not get dinged.  Just the +2 points for being an insert.

Q: Is it too late to join Gint-A-Cuffs?
A: Yes, at this point it is.  To add another favorite player to the mix would mess up the scoring.  Next year I'll explicitly state in the rules that the participant field will be closed on the day that the rules become official.  Sorry, Caitlin.  Yes, I emailed her, but not until today.  I'm a slacker.

Q: What are the points for a full sized autograph card?  I got one in another box and I'm asking just in case it shows up else where.
A: Fair question.  Look, I'm having trouble assigning the points for a parallel pack of mini reds.  If a specific card shows up in Gint-A-Cuffs that has not yet been addressed, then I'll deal with it.  I can't deal with "what ifs" right now.

Q: Has the prize arrived?
A: Yes, Topps sent it out quickly and it is hiding in deep storage awaiting the address of the eventual winner.

Q: Shouldn't you be answering our questions in a more timely manner?
A: Yes.

Q: So, what about that parallel pack of red backed minis numbered to 33?  How many points?
A: The research department is still looking into this.  The trouble is finding a balance so as not to tip the whole contest, but to still be fair.  Research, research, bribes, and research.

Thanks for playing, kids.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The prize is in the mail

I just received word from Topps, the official Gint-A-Cuffs sponsor, that the prize that they are providing has been sent today.
A hobby box of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter is on the way to east Tennessee.  It will sit in the cool of my bedroom closet until the end of September when I'll ship it out to the winner.  Or the participant that bribes the best.  Do your work, guys.  It has been quiet for too long.

So, a big thanks goes to the good folks at Topps.