BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes Winners’ List

Some of the 2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes Prizes

Some of the 2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes Prizes

The 2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes has concluded and all prizes have been awarded. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners. Thanks to Pro-Mold as well for supporting the sweepstakes.

Prizes List:

(1 winner) Spalding NBA Basketball signed by Julius Erving protected in a BallQube Display Case, Prize awarded to Michael B.

(1 winner) Boston Celtics NBA Jersey signed by Larry Bird protected in a BCW Jersey Display Case, Prize awarded to Mike P.

(1 winner) Cleveland Browns NFL Riddell Helmet signed by Jim Brown protected in a BCW Helmet Display Case, Prize awarded to Kim M.

(1 winner) Wilson NFL Football signed by Peyton Manning protected in a BCW Football Display Case, Prize awarded to Robert H.

(1 winner) New York Jets NFL jersey signed by Joe Namath protected in a BCW Jersey Display Case, Prize awarded to Beth E.

(1 winner) Chicago Bears Riddell Mini Helmet signed by Dick Butkus protected in a BCW Mini Hemet Display Case, Prize awarded to Christine K.

(1 winner) Rawlings Baseball Bat signed by Andre Dawson protected in a BCW Bat Display Case, Prize awarded to Jonathan S.

(1 winner) Rawlings MLB Baseball signed by Mike Schmidt protected in a Pro-Mold UV25 Baseball Square, Prize awarded to Joe V.

(1 winner) MLB Baseball Cap signed by Cal Ripken Jr. protected in a BCW Cap Display Case, Prize awarded to Ivelisse W.

(1 winner) Chicago Blackhawks NHL Hockey Puck signed by Bobby Hull protected in a BCW Puck Holder, Prize awarded to Sean C.

(1 winner) Full Size Soccer Ball Signed by Pele protected in a BCW Soccer Ball Display Case, Prize awarded to Annmarie W.

(1 winner) Miami Dolphins NFL Dan Marino signed 8” x 10” photo protected in a BCW Topload Photo Holder, Prize awarded to Josh C.

(1 winner) UFC Lightweight Myles “Fury” Jury signed 8” x 10” photo protected in a BCW Topload Photo Holder, Prize awarded to Christine W.

(1 winner) “2014 Black Box” 2013 Panini Absolute Prime 1/1 Stedman Bailey card protected in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder, Prize awarded to Wayne B.

(1 winner of 6 cards) 2013 Panini Select Football Cards (D.J. Fluker, G. Bernard, D. Sims, T. Bray, J. Taylor, F. Harris) in BCW topload card holders, Prize awarded to Deede C.

(1 winner) 2013 Panini Prism Eli Manning signed card protected in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder, Prize awarded to Randy T.

(1 winner) Black Printing Plate (1 of 1) of 2013 Topps Supreme Football Eli Manning Card in a BCW card sleeve and toploader, Prize awarded to Rick R.

(1 winner) 2013-14 Panini Select Hockey Alex Galchenyuk signed card in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder. Prize awarded to Mark L.

(1 winner) 2011-12 Panini Contenders NHL Booklet Card signed by M.Paajarvi, A.Lander, H.Karlsson, M.Backlund protected in a BCW Booklet Card Holder

NOT AVAILABLE – Prize was misplaced at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

(1 winner) 2012 Topps Supreme Football Kendall Wright Signed Patch Booklet Card in a BCW Booklet Card Holder, Prize awarded to Christine C.

(1 winner of 12 cards) 2013 Panini Prism/2014 Industry Summit cards (Coby Fleener, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Joe Carter, Jay Bruce, Jorge Alfaro, John Havlicek, Nate Archibald, Robert Horry, Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Evgeni Malkin) protected in BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holders, Prize awarded to Cassandra B.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Bloodlines UFC cards (40 base, 1 dual signed booklet, 4 autos, 4 patches, 1 commemorative coin) protected in BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holders, Prize awarded to Stephanie E.

(1 winner of the set) 2014 Topps Heritage Baseball (1965 design) 216 cards, includes Jose Bautista patch card, protected in BCW card sleeves and in a BCW trading card box, Prize awarded to Gloria T.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Premier Gold (English Premier League) 50 cards, includes C.Ronaldo auto, protected in BCW pages and a binder, Prize awarded to Avi H.

(1 winner of the set) 2014 Topps Major League Soccer cards, 144 cards, includes 5 Mexican National Team cards, protected in BCW pages and an album, Prize awarded to Anthony F.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Museum Collection football cards (16 base, 3 patch, 1 autograph card of Tavon Austin), protected in BCW or Pro-Mold card holders, Prize awarded to Rachel S.

(1 winner of an unopened box – 144 cards) Panini Prism 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Cards. Plus BCW card sleeves and card holders to protect the cards. Prize awarded to Jenny H.

See the sweepstakes’ Official Rules for more details.

BCW Group in World Cup Bracket Predictor

Group Winner Prize

Group Winner Prize

Enter the “BCW” group in the ESPN World Cup Bracket Predictor. The champion of our group will win a box of 2014 Panini Prism World Cup Cards (144 cards) and two packs of BCW Card Sleeves!

Enter here before the games start on June 12th >>> http://t.co/bPOJ4yqSca

Rules: We’ll follow all of the rules established by ESPN. For the group prize winner, the winner will need to share their email address with BCW using the Group Conversation window in the Bracket Predictor. If any unforeseen issues arise, BCW will decide a fair resolution and all decisions are final.

Collecting Playing Cards

How did I get involved in such an unusual hobby?

A memoir by Robert Lancaster

1968 – AN INNOCENT ENOUGH BEGINNING

One day in 1968 or 1969 (Making me ten or eleven years old at the time), my mother took me on a drive to shop at the Hallmark Greeting Card store at the Eastland Shopping Center in Covina, California (about five or ten miles from where we lived.

Shopping trips had never been a frequent occurrence as I grew up, mainly because we couldn’t afford them. – so this was a real treat for me, and I jumped at the invitation.

This was not long after my Dad had died (of Yet Another Heart Attack), and my Mom was trying to cheer me up.

As we walked into the store, I excitedly asked her if I could look for something we could buy for me. She told me that would be fine, as long as it cost less than a dollar, and she had to approve of it first.

I immediately headed for the “games” section of the store, and looked for anything I’d like which cost less than a dollar. This was a rare occasion – I could not waste it on getting something less than “cool”!

A display of miniature decks of playing cards caught my eye. We played a lot of cards at home (mostly Rummy and Solitaire), so I figured that my Mother could not object to my getting a deck of playing cards. And the ones in the display intrigued me because they were kid-sized (about half the size of a regular deck). I always enjoyed kid-sized versions of things, and regular/adult-sized playing cards were tiring for kid-sized hands to hold for very long, so I went over to take a closer look at the selection.

Each of the boxes containing the decks showed what looked to be the design on the back of the deck inside. Many/most of them were pretty boring designs: landscapes, pictures of horses – that sort of thing.

But there were several which had images of Peanuts comics characters against brightly-colored, almost psychedelic backgrounds.

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I loved Peanuts characters, Snoopy in particular, and owned several paperback collections of Schulz’ work. And, having teenage siblings, I knew how “groovy” (this was the 1960s, after all) psychedelic colors and designs were!

I looked through the Peanuts decks, and picked out one which had Snoopy, dressed as The WWI Flying Ace, against a yellow-and-orange, diagonally-striped background.

“Groovy” indeed – and it only cost seventy-five cents (if memory serves)!

I took it to my Mom to get her approval. At first, she was not happy with my choice, saying that we already owned decks of playing cards, so we didn’t need another one.

But I explained that they were Just My Size, and THEY HAD SNOOPY ON THEM, and she relented, after first checking the price. She tossed the box into her shopping basket (Yaaay!), and we finished our shopping.

When we got home, I took the little Hallmark’s bag containing my treasure to my bedroom, plopped down on the floor, and opened the box with the deck.

At first, I was disappointed because the Jacks, Queens and Kings – what we called the “face cards” in our family – did NOT look like those in a regular deck. The Jacks, Queens and Kings were Linus, Lucy and Charlie Brown!

This at first disappointed me, because it meant (to me) that the cards were not a kid-sized version of a regular/adult-sized deck, they were a toy!

But when I saw that Snoopy was on the Aces – and, better still, was on the jokers (juggling four balls AND Woodstock!), the deck’s “coolness” started winning me over. It soon became well-used, with me playing countless hands of Rummy with my siblings and friends using it. And playing Solitaire no longer took up an entire coffee table to play!

The little box with the deck earned a treasured place in the top drawer of my dresser, where it was stored for the rest of my childhood.

1978 – THE ADDICTION CONTINUES

I can tell you the EXACT DATE when I purchased the second deck in what would become my collection/obsession: December 16, 1978.

I know the date because it was the day AFTER the day I got married to Cindy – my first wife.

The most we could afford for a “honeymoon” of sorts was a day at Disneyland.

As we strolled up the sidewalk on the left side of Main Street (as you enter the park), there was a glass case, about the size of a phone booth (remember those?) sitting on the sidewalk in front of a store.

Inside the case was an Audioanimatronic figure of a Gypsy fortune teller, seated at a table, telling fortunes.

On the table before her was a crystal ball, and an array of playing cards, laid out in fortune-telling fashion. The gypsy waved her hands above the cards, while her lips moved. Her words, played through a speaker mounted on the outside of the case, invited passers-by to pay to have their fortune told.

Something about those playing cards caught my eye, and I stopped to take a closer look.

Sure enough, the Jacks, Queens and Kings on the cards were NOT those of a standard deck, but were portrayed by Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse! The joker, of course, was portrayed by Goofy.

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I was immediately reminded of my beloved Peanuts deck, and wondered if the deck was for sale somewhere in the park. I looked in the display window of the store we (and the case) were in front of, and saw that copies of the deck – some with a blue back, some with a red back – were for sale!

We entered the store and I bought one of the decks.

When we got home that evening, I rummaged through stuff from my childhood until I found my old Peanuts deck. I then opened my new Disney deck, and then found a plain-old, standard deck in the house, and spread the three decks out on my desk, comparing their face cards (which, I would much later learn, are more properly referred to as the court cards, or just the courts.

I found that I really appreciated what the artist/designers had done with the Peanuts and Disney decks – they had put a new spin on an old tradition, while still leaving everything recognizable enough for play.

I began to wonder if there were perhaps more decks out there like these. If there were, what a fun and different collection they would make!

I mentioned this to Cindy, and she said that she sometimes saw old decks of cards for sale in the antique stores and antique malls she frequented. She didn’t know if they would be what I was interested in, but thought it might be worth a look – I agreed, and we soon started haunting such places around SoCal together.