Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Golden Age of Blogger Events, Games and Prizes

Aloha, everybody, 

Is it just me, or have these past couple of months in the blogosphere been a whirlwind of contests, giveaways and big time trade-a-thons? 

It's not a bad thing. Not at all. Increased interaction among us is a great thing. Our periods of "quiet blogging" are punctuated by the occasional contest and blog bat around, but it seems to me this is different. We're in the middle of a golden period of interaction, trades and gifting in our community. 

Fittingly, my brother from another mother, who we all recognize as one of (if not THE) most generous of bloggers around, good ol' Wes, kicked all of this off with his revival of the Big Fun Game. That set the ball rolling and the blogosphere has been filled with one event after another ever since. Some events, of course, have bee more successful than others. 

One idea that I liked, which unfortunately has stalled (for now), was the Fun-at-a-Time book chain, which was launched by Matt, from Summer of '74. The book chain slowed up here on ATBATT, but it did spur some positive comments. A good suggestion came from Jon, the proprietor of A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. He surmised we would have more time for reading books in the baseball offseason. I'm thinking we may have to revisit the book chain at that time. 

As I mentioned, the book chain stalled, but it won't stop. Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown mentioned he wants to read Mint Condition (the first book in the chain), so Gav, as soon as I'm finished reading it (I'm presently about a third of the way through), I'll be sending it off to you. There's no obligation that you run the book chain. I'm just completing my part in the chain, and I'm happy to pass off a good book to someone who wants it. 

But I digress. Back to our golden age topic. I'm backed up with winnings posts, so the next few will be featuring my loot from a few contests. 

Here we go with my winning item from The BFG over at Johnny's Trading Post. Check this out...

It's a heavy duty, and I mean HEAVY, bronze, Roberto Alomar RC from the Highland Mint. 

It's a pretty cool relic, but I'll have to admit, I'm not really an Alomar or Padres collector, so I'd like it go to a loving home. Anybody out there fancy a trade? My ears and eyes are open. 

John also included some bonus Dodgers for me that I do collect. Yahoo! 

 Finally, hard luck Julio Urias, whose out for who-knows-how-long with arm troubles. This despite the Dodgers' best-intentions of pampering him. I'm hoping for the young southpaw's speedy and complete recovery.


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