Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner. (Better than an Owl for Dinner, right?)

This is the one of the busiest weeks of the semester for faculty members:  Final Exams Week.  Yesterday, I gave my first final and tomorrow I give another pair of exams.  Today?  Well, today I sit in on an Honor's project defense - something in Biochemistry...(aka a subject I know virtually nothing about).  It should be a good learning experience for me!

All that said, I don't have much time for cards today.  Since that's the case, let's take a look at a quick trade from Greg (from Night Owl Cards).

First, I get to creep a bit closer to having the full 1990 Topps set in my hand (yay!):

And next, this Topps Gold winner card.

I have no idea what the story is behind the Topps Gold Winner cards - anyone know because I certainly can't be taking up precious minutes looking up information in an effort to actually be useful around the blogs today.

And finally, some other assorted Reds.

Thanks for the quick trade Greg - and sorry for the even quicker trade post.  I've gotta get grading.


JediJeff said...

I remember the gold winner cards:

In each pack was a scratch off card. I think you had to scratch 3 spots n the card. If you got a winning card, you mailed it in and received pack a pack of 10 cards (I think) that had the gold WINNER foil.

Someone learned you could go into a dark room with a light and shine it through the card. The gray scratch areas would reveal what was behind the spot. I think there were a dozen different cards, so as long as you could ID the top couple spots, you knew which areas to scratch and be a winner. I think I mailed in a half dozen winning cards.

Mark Aubrey said...

JediJeff is correct about the 1992 Topps Gold Winners. From the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards:

A second gold-foil enhanced parallel version of the regular 1992 Topps issue was the Gold Winner cards awarded as prizes in a scratch-off contest found in each pack. Winner cards are identical to the Topps Gold cards except for the addition of a gold-foil “Winner” and star added above the team name. Due to a flaw in the design of the scratch-off game cards, it was easy to win every time and the Winner cards had to be produced in quantities far greater than originally planned, making them rather common. Six checklist cards from the regular issue were replaced with player cards in the Winners edition. Cards were sent to winners in 10-card cello packs.

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