Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm back with post #2000 and the biggest prize I've ever given away

Hello dear readers!  I'm back after a brief hiatus.  I'm celebrating post #2000 today and want to thank all of you who have shared this experience with me.  Whether you were here from the first day or you started following somewhere along the way, you've all contributed in making this hobby and this blog so much fun for me.

I started this blog with the idea that I could do some trade posts and maybe show off some of my Rangers. I also wanted to share my story about the dangers of overspending on cards.  As the blog developed, I created massive want lists, made countless trades, won Gint-A-Cuffs (twice) and saw a lot of good bloggers come and go (and come back too).

I've been the recipient of some of the most amazing generosity and I've tried to repay that with card packages and giveaways.  We've shared a lot over these 2000 posts and I truly appreciate every single one of you who stops by to read, leave a comment or search your cards for something off my want lists.

Thanks to a fellow blogger (he knows who he is) I was able to contact a Topps rep who generously donated a great prize to celebrate the 2000th Play at the Plate post.  I've been waiting for it to arrive and yesterday it was waiting for me when I got to work.




I didn't know what Topps was sending so it was a little like Christmas in May.



Nice.  Thanks to Topps, I'll be giving away an unopened Hobby box of 2014 Bowman!

I'm not going to make this too hard.  No trivia, no guessing a number, no predictions.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  It could be any comment.  You can enter once per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  You don't have to publicize the contest on your blog, BUT IF YOU DO, I'll double your entries (so you could have up to 6 entries).  If you decide to mention the contest on your blog, PLEASE mention that Topps donated the box for the contest.  I want to make sure they get props for their generosity as well.  On Monday, I'll randomize the entries three times on Random.org and announce a winner.

Thank you guys and gals for all the support, all the cards and all the great comments over the last 2000 posts.  I can't express enough how much I appreciate all of it.  I've always said that I write the blog for myself, but knowing someone out there is reading it makes it a lot more fun.

Here's hoping you (and I) are all still around for #3000!

145 comments:

  1. Too Cool, and many props to Topps as well!! Thanks for being... that's it, just thanks for being around and putting up so many interesting posts. Will pimp as well.

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      http://dawgbonesaphilliesphan.blogspot.com/2014/05/topps-is-very-generous-today.html

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  2. Huh? How about that? A guy like me, who doesn't really like Bowman, who isn't usually up at this hour, making a comment anyway.

    Must be I want to say congrats (and I have a dentist appointment). Yay for you.

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  3. Congratulations! Look forward to the next 2000.

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  4. Congrats on post #2000. Your blog was the second one that I followed and you do a fantastic job with it. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

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  5. Entered. I better win. I never win anything! hahaha

    http://cardboardhabit.blogspot.com/2014/05/want-to-win-free-stuff.html

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  6. Congrats on 2000! Mentioned here: http://redscardcollector.blogspot.com/2014/05/contest-time-over-at-play-at-plate.html

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  7. Congrats on 2000. Only 1942 til I catch you...

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  8. Congrats on 2,000 and great contest. Thank you!

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  9. Congrats on #2000 I don't even think I have 200.OK I have 260 (6 of them are in draft mode of those 3 have been in draft for a long time and 2 are for something special later on this year)

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  10. Congrats on #2000. Thanks for the great blog. Here's to the next 2000.
    Thanks to you and Topps for the GREAT prize !!!!

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  11. Great contest, congrats on 2000

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  12. Great contest, congrats on 2000

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  13. Topps came through with a pretty good hook-up. Thanks for running this contest. I posted a link to it on my blog.

    http://razcardblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plate-and-topps-are-giving-away.html

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  14. Congrats on 2k worth of chatting. Let's do 2k more.

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  15. Congrats on 2000! Your blog has been in my feed reader for quite a while now. Great job by Topps for supporting a great blogger!

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  16. Congrats on 2000 and special thanks to Topps too!

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  17. Congrats. I'm glad you're back. I was getting worried. I'll pimp later.

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  18. Thanks for the contest and the terrific blog!

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  19. I'll be one of the 2000 people who comment on your 2000th post! My next post will include a plug for the contest too! (Goes live at 3AM PST tomorrow): http://thiscardiscool.blogspot.com/2014/05/collecting-korea-olympic-lottery.html

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  20. Congratulations. Thanks for the contest.... Enjoyed the trades we have made

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  21. Very generous of both you and Topps. Promoted the contest on my blog.
    http://angelsinorder.blogspot.com/2014/05/big-contest-at-play-at-plate.html

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  22. Congratulations on post 2000 -- here's to at least as many more!

    http://offhiatusbaseball.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plate-giveaway.html

    And there's my blog promotion of the contest. Congratulations again.

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  23. Congratulations and thank you for the contest!

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  24. Congratulations on post #2000. Here's to 2000 more.

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  25. Congrats on 2000. http://andrewsbaseballcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/blog-post.html

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  26. Congrats on 2,000. Here's to 2000 more. Hopefully my luck changes and can win this being I've been down on my luck all around and with eBay auctions. http://thehomerunapple.blogspot.com/2014/05/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-lunch-but.html

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  27. Congrats on the 2000 posts and thank you for hosting the contest.
    Here is my blog entry on your contest.

    http://dodgerpenguin.blogspot.com/2014/05/contest-over-play-at-plate.html

    I have my own contests in case you are interested as well.

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  28. Congrats on the milestone and thanks to you and Topps for the cool contest!

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  29. Great job on reaching 2000 posts. At my current pace I will reach that lofty # in the year 2026....

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    1. Dang it you'll beat me out by 2.53 years. :D

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  30. Y2KP no longer means "Year 2000 Problem" -- now it means "Your 2000th Post." Congrats!

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  31. um...wow. you always have interesting stories to tell. a must read every time. 2000 is like way more 1000.

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  32. Congrats on Post #2000!

    http://condition-sensitive.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plate-contest.html

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  33. Congrats on 2000.. And to have Topps help you out none the less..

    http://oldfoulcardboard.blogspot.com/2014/05/hurry-before-you-miss-play-at-plate.html

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  34. This comment is literally the only way I will ever get a hobby box of 2014 Bowman. Seriously though, congrats on 2,000. I am at 538 and will probably never get to even 1,000 so to be at 2,000 is really impressive. Here's to hoping we get to 3,000.

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  35. Congrats to one of the best blogs out there on 2000 posts! Maybe one day when my blog grows up I'll get to that number....

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  36. Hoping for some beginner's luck here. Keep up the good work blogging.

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  37. Congrats on the milestone and thanks for the contest!

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  38. Great post and great contest. Congrats on 2,000 posts. I'm a long way from that milestone.

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  39. 2000 is quite the milestone! Congrats!

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  40. 2000 is amazing, congratulations! It's been fun to read your posts over the years.

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    1. Linking to your blog in tomorrow's post, thanks!

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  41. Congrats on the milestone, well done !M

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  42. Thanks for following my blog, I followed yours back. Looking forward to more posts!

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  43. Congrats on #2000 Love the Post only contests.

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  44. Wow. Congrats on #2000. Pimped the contest over at my blog.

    http://chavezravining.blogspot.com/2014/05/contest-over-at-play-at-plate.html

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  45. Congrats on the big #2000! Here's to another 2000 great posts! Posted about it on my blog here:

    http://bewarethehockeycardcloset.blogspot.ca/2014/05/check-out-play-at-plate.html

    - Kyle

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  46. Congrats to a great blogger and trade partner !

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  47. Congrats on the milestone. Always better than a gallstone.

    Consider me entered for Friday, and consider the contest PIMPED:

    http://playingwithmycards.blogspot.com/2014/05/we-interrupt-your-regularly-scheduled.html

    Thanks!

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  48. Congrats on 2000! I am only on 8.

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  49. Congrats on all those posts. Looking forward to your next 2000.
    And thanks for the contest.

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  50. Wow, this is going to be huge contest. Congratulations on #2000

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  51. Congratulations on #2000. Keep it going.

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  52. I feel like I'm a little late to the party, but no matter. Happy 2,000th!

    Pimped:
    http://tilnextyear-tom.blogspot.com/2014/05/someday-ill-reach-2000-posts.html

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  53. I'm in! Thanks Brian and thank you Topps!

    www.autocards.blogspot.com

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  54. Damn. 2000 posts. Congratulations!

    http://torontobluejayscollection.blogspot.ca/2014/05/patp-topps-hookp-for-sweet-2000th-post.html

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  55. Congrats on 2000 and thanks for the contest

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  56. Congrats on 2000 and Yu pitched one heck of a game.....again

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  57. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement.

    I posted a link for your contest:http://packwar.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plate-hits-2000-posts-time-to.html

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  58. Saturday comment!

    Posted here too:

    http://thelostcollector.blogspot.com/2014/05/contest-over-at-patp.html?m=0

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  59. It's peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time!

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  60. Looks like the Rangers got the best of the Sox last night.

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  61. Cheers again for 2000 posts!! Keep up the great work

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  62. Congrats on the milestone. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    My belated shoutout is here: http://battlinbucs.blogspot.com/2014/05/millenium-men.html

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  63. Congrats on 2000th! see link to pimping of contest below. Thanks for sharing

    http://dionsipautosonly.blogspot.com/2014/05/topps-contest-over-at-play-at-plate.html

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  64. Saturdays comment: This is the first thing I did today.

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  65. 2000 POSTS! Wonderful I can't imagine if I will ever reach 2000, congrats! Here is my blog posting promoting your contest.

    http://yadiermolinabaseballcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plate-hits-2000-posts-and-is.html

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  66. Congrats, man, on an epic number for an epic blog.

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  67. Congrats on your 2000th post! Very cool!

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  68. 2000 is a big number. congrats and thanks.

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  69. Congratulations! It took me five years to reach 1k... so maybe in 2019 I'll finally catch up to you. Wait... by then you'll probably be approaching 4k.

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  70. PIMPED! http://redcardboard.blogspot.com/2014/05/ugstravaganza-group-9-results-and.html

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  71. Still working my way up to 1,000. Congrats!

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  72. Wow, this might break a record for most comments I have ever seen.

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  73. Congratulations on reaching 2000 posts

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  74. who knew a Texan could even count 2000 of anything besides cattle?


    oh damn. I just didn't win another one, didn't I?

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    1. Actually I had to get 9 other people to help. :)

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    2. I hate Canada a bit more everyday.....hahahaha

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  75. Now I'm only 1941 away....
    2000 is impressive

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  76. Feels like I'm just stuffing the ballot box at this point, but I guess I'm playing within the rules ;)

    Congratulations!

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  77. Saturday entry. Thanks for the contest

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  78. Congrats again. Mentioned the contest in my post today.. http://baseballcardbreakdown.blogspot.com/2014/05/blogosphere-generosity-roundup.html

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  79. Here's my 2nd entry, and I went ahead and promoted you last night:

    http://tenetsofwilson.blogspot.com/2014/05/play-at-plates-2000th-post-contest.html

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  80. can't miss out on this one..Congrats again.

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  81. 2000 is pretty impressive to me when I consider the fact that I've been hammering away on TWO blogs for what seems like forever and barely have HALF that many posts. Congtrats!

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  82. Saturday Comment !!
    I have it posted on my blog!!!
    http://fanatticsportscards.blogspot.com/2014/05/bestest-contest_9.html

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  83. SAT UR DAY. Larry See is the only position player to ever play in the major leagues exclusively with the LA Dodgers and Texas Rangers. This has been your Random Fact o' the Day...

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  84. Saturday Comment. I'm only at comment 50

    http://thehomerunapple.blogspot.com/2014/05/heres-throwand-theres-going-to-be-play.html

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  85. Congrats on making it all the way to 2000! I hope I get there someday. And what an awesome prize too!

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  86. Congrats on 2000! http://metscardboard.blogspot.com/2014/05/contest-happening-at-play-at-plate.html

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  87. Day 3 entry..Happy Mothers day to all the moms out there..

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  88. Shoot. Saturday got away from me... again. Weekends always seem to move too fast.

    Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms out there!

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  89. Sundays comment. Congrats again

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  90. Wahoo!! Congrats on #2000!! That is awesome!

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  91. Sunday, and Happy Mother's day everybody!!

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  92. I'm in, part three! Thanks, again, Brian!

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  93. Congratulations on reaching the 2000 mark and what a great way to celebrate thanks to Topps who recognizes what keeps us going. Ride on Ranger.

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  94. This has to be one of the very few Sundays where I'm looking forward to Monday. Good luck to all, and thanks for such a sweet contest!

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  95. Checking in on Sunday. Congrats and Thanks again!

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  96. I forgot to post yesterday, but I won't forget today!

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  97. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday.

    Congrats again

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  98. Last one, thanks for the contest

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  99. I flat out forgot about the multiple days commenting thing. Oh well. Hope your mother's day was with family and was enjoyable.

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  100. Sunday (Happy Mothers Day) Comment
    #135 !!! Has there ever been this many comments??
    Good luck to everyone! Thanks again PATP and Topps for
    this great contest.
    KEEP ON COLLECTING !!

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  101. Ok - one more entry, if just for the rare chance I break the top 50.

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  102. Sunday entry, thanks and congrats again!

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  103. Sunday Entry. And now I'm only 1949 posts away from 2,000.

    http://thehomerunapple.blogspot.com/2014/05/happy-mothers-day.html

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  104. my Sunday comment.

    oh, and I did some pimping for you on my blog. You'd know that if you read it. but it's okay, you're busy posting 2000 times... I get it.

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  105. Aw crud, I forgot this was a come back every day and enter again contest...

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  106. Contest publicized, with Topps getting their well-earned shout-out.

    http://plaschkethysweaterisargyle.blogspot.com/2014/05/reflecting-back-on-russ-martins-future.html

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  107. The contest is now closed. I'll do my best to get a winner posted on Monday!

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