It really is the most wonderful time of the year, as far as I'm concerned. The Halloween through New Year's stretch has always been the highlight of my year, and this year is no exception.
Kate's favorite holiday is Halloween (and I'm pretty fond of it as well, though my costume selections in recent years have been a bit uninspired), our wedding anniversary is going to be on Oct 26th, meaning our friends can be expecting a Hallo-versary party every year henceforth. I'm an only child, so Christmas is always a good time, and my birthday is on Dec 28th, meaning double presents! Though it also means I get shorted on gifts each year...
But we'll overlook that!
And finally, I got word yesterday that I'll be starting a new job as a site director for an after school program in the city. It's going to be challenging work, but it's something that should open up some doors for me (not to mention some added infusion to the card budget).
But the thing is, even with all that great stuff, my favorite part of the holidays is giving gifts to other people. And after almost a year of blogging and meeting some fantastic people here, I think it's well past time to pass that forward to the great people on the blogosphere.
So here's the deal. Contest is a word I use very loosely. Heck, it's a word I really just used to boost my blog hits. It's a giveaway, with one of those tricky Canuck skill questions involved.
If you've been reading the blog for a while you'll know that some of my favorite cards are ones that feature city skylines. There's just something special between the city's identity and its team, and I love to see that captured on cardboard.
So here's the contest: post a picture of your favorite card that incorporates a skyline. It can be on the front or back or the card. It can be any city, in any sport. The only exclusion is no Pittsburgh skyline cards, because I don't know that I have the willpower to overcome hometown bias. Heck, this contest might even inspire me to start a new mini collection. Also feel free to include a brief list of some things you collect - I have a pretty good idea of what most of the regular bloggers like, but I'm sure free stuff will bring some new names out of the woodwork.
I'll let the contest run through the week, and contact the winner or winners on Saturday. I have lots of cards here I'd love to get clear out, so the festive tidings could be anything from a PWE stuffed with shiny cards to a bubble mailer full of Cole (Alex, Gerrit, Dick, or Victor, that is).
Speaking of which, did you know that of the ten players with the last name Cole who have played in the majors, 4 of them have been Bucs?
On with the contest!