My Ultimate Ginter Mini Set Bracket (or UGMSB for short) is finally all set. We finished up voting for the 2019 set (congrats to Chugging Along for taking home the top seed in a tie-breaker over New to the Zoo). With all of the seeding voting completed, it's now time to unveil the actual bracket.
First, a few words on how I created the bracket. As you know, for the past few weeks I've had a post each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday where all the readers could vote on their favorite mini set from that particular year. After each voting period closed, I tallied up all of the votes for each set and started to construct a master seeding list. The way it works is that the set with the most votes for each year got one of the top seeds and then every other mini set was seeded via total number of votes with tie breakers being year (older sets got higher seeds) and then alphabetical order (so a set beginning with a "B" would be seeded higher than a set beginning with a "D" assuming both had the same amount of votes and both were from the same year).
Doing all of that gave me a list of 93 different mini sets from across the entire Topps Allen & Ginter brand's existence (2006 - 2019). Here are the 93 seeds, in order from highest to lowest:
With the seeding out of the way, I had to create a bracket. Luckily, there exists sites online that will make brackets for you very quickly. One that I use a lot with teaching is a site called Challonge. I was able to enter all 93 sets into the Challonge bracket maker (and after tweaking a few of the rules), here's what I ended up with!
That's probably hard to read depending on what sort of device you are using to access my blog so here's a link to the Challonge bracket itself.
And now, for the fun part: A CONTEST!
If you click on this link, you should be able to fill out your own bracket (similar to March Madness) and then once the tournament begins you will be able to follow along with your bracket to see how you do in terms of overall predictions.
The idea is to pick who you think will garner the most votes from the voting community on my blog (people will be allowed to campaign for their favorites in the comments section)! The plan is to have posts where we vote for different "regions" of the bracket (that way we aren't trying to vote for 30+ match ups all at once). The winning set from each match up will move ahead in the bracket while the loser will be eliminated for good. There is no second chance in this bracket!
The contest is simple. Create your own prediction bracket. Please put your user name in your bracket title and make sure to use a valid email address. Note: I'm not 100% certain I can access the emails without doing the paid version on the site so having your user name in the name of your bracket will help me out immensely! It's my understanding (warning: I've never actually done one of these brackets this way on the Challonge site) that once I close the bracket and the tournament begins that each player will be able to follow along to see how they are doing scoring wise. I believe scoring will be similar to most March Madness brackets, that is that you will get more points for correct answers the further the competition progresses (so getting the number 1 set, i.e. the winner, should be very important)! That'll be easier said than done since there are 93 different sets to choose from.
The Grand Prize:
I'm not 100% certain what the grand prize will be. At worst, I'll create some sort of tailor made prize package for the winner, that is, the person who earns the most points on their prediction bracket. I'm also hoping to reach out to Topps to see if they might want to be a sponsor of this contest (and if so, the prize for the whole might be really cool, who knows)? I wouldn't wait to find out - join now! I plan to leave entries open until Sunday, June 7. At that point, I'll close the predictions down and start the voting for the competition (probably the first votes will be on Monday, June 8 if everything goes according to plan)!
Other Ways to Win Prizes:
I do plan to give out a few other prizes as the tournament progresses. For starters, I'm going to take every person who enters a full prediction bracket and randomize their names to draw a winner. Thus, you could potentially miss every single pick and still get a prize just for playing along. I am hoping for a good turnout here!
Speaking of good turnouts, I will also award a prize to one person who "pimps" this contest on their blog or on their Twitter feed. Please leave a link below to your "pimping" of my post. Again, I'll take the names of everyone that does so and then randomize them to get a winner.
Finally, I plan on awarding prizes for random commenters/voters throughout the entire process. Certain voting days will have a secret prize attached to it which will be given out to a random commenter on that particular post. Comments can be both votes as well as any sort of discussion/persuading for (or against) specific sets!
Like I said before, all prizes are still pending but I think I can make most people happy. In the end, this is going to be a lot of work on my part so I'm hoping for a big turnout and lots of fun participation. If all goes well, this could be the perfect lead-in to the release of 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter!