Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GAC 6 is live

Again, I apologize for the delay.  We've added one more participant during that lull.  Welcome, Brady.

The rules are posted and I'm betting you're going to have questions.  Ask away.  All answers and decisions will be impartial.  Except for those who send me tangible bribes.  Maybe.  Example:
2009 Press Pass Fusion
Orel Hershiser (card # 4) #'d 1/1
This fine piece of cardboard came to me by Spankee. It was clearly marked Bribe.

I cherish the thought that went into the graft.  Being the corrupt commissioner that I am I might, or might not, use it to influence my decisions.

So, start tearing into those hobby boxes and show your stuff.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Big Head Smack

So, I've been working on the rules, which is basically the points.  I transcribed the odds from a wrapper and have been basing everything off of that.

This is the wrapper from the first pack of new cards I've purchased in over 18 months.  A pack that I purchased at Wal-Mart.  You know, the retail store.  So they are retail odds.  Not the hobby odds.

Of course, that messes things up.  To the point that I can't fix it tonight/this morning (depending where and when you're reading this).

Is it close?  Yes.  But it is not ready for prime time.

We never like delays and I apologize.

The Commissioner

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A slight delay while we collate

There have been some collation issues here at Gint-A-Cuffs headquarters.  Like card companies, we sometimes have to push back the release date while we wait for things to be finalized.  We don't want to sent out redemption notices if that one player would just turn in their stickers.

I've fallen a bit behind in setting up the scoring and my nature is that I'd like it correct the first time.

I know that, as in past years, I've had to make rulings based on my misinterpretations of the cards, vague rules, or something I just didn't see coming.  I'm trying to stave that off while producing a good bit of Cuffing.

I don't see how this could slip past Saturday, the 26th of July.  I'm sorry for the delay and ask your forgiveness.

-- The Commissioner

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Good news, bad news

The good news is that Topps is our main sponsor again this year.  And we thank them.

The bad news is that I have not been able to secure a dealer sponsor.  That means that all the contestants will be forced to find the best price for a hobby box on their own.

Several contestants have offered to or did provide a scan of the odds.  I present it here:


Now that I know the odds I'll be putting together the rules. I'm sure that they'll be tweaked.

For the contestants, please submit your Favorite Player and Favorite Team.  I'm expanding the FP to any  person depicted on a card in the set, cards #1-350.  This could be a race car driver, a coach, etc.  Now, if you pick a non-baseball player the chances are that you'll be at a disadvantage in scoring during the contest.

Pick away.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just around the corner 2

So, you've all been wanting an update.  Here it is.  In theory, the cards will be released this week.  I've contacted Topps to provide some prizes.  I've reached out to an internet card wholesaler to be our official dealer sponsor, hopefully they can provide a discount on boxes.

GAC will start up two weeks after the cards officially hit the street.  I'll accept participants up to that date (estimated July 23, 2014).

To the participants, start thinking about your favorite team and your favorite player.  They will affect scoring.

When they're available I'd like to request a high quality scan of the checklists and the wrapper (with odds).

So, that's what I know.  We'll get this party started sometime.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Intro to Gint-A-Cuffs

Gavin asked a serious question in a comment.
I'm embarrassed to admit I have no idea what Gint-A-Cuffs is. I mean, I've heard about it on the blogosphere several times in passing, and I know it involves Allen & Ginter.. some sort of contest? group break? giveaway? So confused.
For those bloggers and curious onlookers who have either been involved as a participant or in the coach's boxes looking in, it doesn't need explaining.  But for those who are new to the blogging scene or haven't stumbled across this dark corner of the internet perhaps some explanation is in order.

Many, many moons ago (this is the sixth annual GAC - you count them), a blogger named Beardy came up with the idea of having a contest using Topps Allen & Ginter cards as a scoring mechanism.  I was asked to assist in the craziness, either as co-moderator, assistant score checker, whatever.  Beardy has since moved on from maintaining a blog so I've taken the reins and am now running with them.

Basically a contestant purchases a hobby box of Topps Allen & Ginter, then breaks it on their blog.  As commissioner I assign points based on my own personal tastes or I look to see which way the flag is flying.  There is some form of method to my madness.

The blogger then opens each pack, showing (at least) the point cards on his (or her) blog.  They can get points for favorite player, favorite team.  Blah, blah, blah.  Look at last years' rules.

In past years the winner has received a hobby box of Topps Allen & Ginter for their luck.  Really, there is no skill to this.  During the six to eight weeks or so of the contest it provides bloggers something to do.  Got to generate posts based on something.

So, it is a contest.  Group break?  Not really.  Giveaway?  Sure.  Last year the winner got a box.  The loser got a box.  Then I randomized the remaining contestants and someone else got a box.

But, you ask, who provides the boxes as prizes?  Is there an entry fee?  Topps has provided the prize boxes.  There is no entry fee, only that you purchase a hobby box of Topps Allen & Ginter.  I've been fortunate in that some of the online card stores have provided those boxes to the contestants and a discount.  See?  Everybody wins.

Gavin, be confused no more.  Until the contest actually starts.  Generally the scoring system is not finalized until a week after the cards hit the streets.  We used to do it on the day that they came out until we realized that Topps includes cards that aren't on the actual checklist.  Sneaky so-and-sos.

Along the way contestants will ask for a commissioner's ruling.  Which means that I didn't actually think the thing out ahead of time or I just didn't understand what Topps was trying to do.

Rulings tend to go in the favor of the contestant that asked the question, especially if that contestant offers a bribe.  Lately the bribe offers have been rather pitiful.   And you all paid the price for those.

It is a bit of bragging, a bit of contest, a bit of fun.  And Spankee continues to make great banners.  If you have any more questions, please ask.

Gint-A-Cuffs VI is just around the corner

Once again Spankee has created a killer banner for Gint-A-Cuffs. The product will be hitting the streets about July 11, 2014. That's just over five weeks away. I'm on the verge of contacting potential sponsors.



SportsCardRadio has issued a potential checklist.  GAC scoring details and rules to follow.

If you'd like to play this year, please leave a comment below.