30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How Close Were You?

Your guesses have been documented and it's time for my student's cardboard inspirations to be revealed.  Let's see how accurate they were...

#1: 1987 Topps

Ten people submitted guesses and eight were correct.  As a collector who busted a ton of this product in the 80's, the card back was a dead giveaway.  The front?  Not so much.

#2: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

This was probably the easiest one out of the bunch.  Nine out of ten got this one correct.  I'm not exactly sure what contest Comatoad was entering, but this doesn't even remotely resemble 1956 Topps.

#3: 1984 Topps

80% guessed this one correctly.  This one was tricky, because the 84 design doesn't have the team name continuing along the top.  However... the box and the start of the name along the left side definitely resembles that design.

#4: 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes

I was truly surprised that only two people answered this one correctly.  This was one of my favorite submissions among all of my classes and it stood out to me better than the 84 or 87 Topps designs.  Maybe it was the team's logo that threw everyone off.

#5: 1983 Donruss

Half of you guessed this correctly and two others guessed its sister set: 1982 Donruss.  I personally had no idea what design they used.  The captain of the team submitted the cards without the original and I was clueless.  I made them dig through their folders, so I could figure out the set.

#6: 1990 Score

I had a lot of trouble with this design too.  However as soon as I saw the back, the answer sort of popped into my head... but that's only because I had prior knowledge.  I highly doubt I would have guess this correctly like 50% of you did.

#7: 1982 Topps

The double hockey sticks were a dead giveaway and eighty percent of you seem to agree.

#8:  2015 Topps

According to everyone's guesses... this was the most challenging design.  Only one person guessed it correctly.  The huge square in the bottom righthand corner on the front and the timeline on the back totally would have thrown me off.

Well... it's now time to see who won the contest... but before I reveal the winner, here are the actual cards each of the eight teams used for this project:

And the winner is...

otherwise known as...

Jedi Jeff

Congratulations Jeff!  You answered seven out of eight designs correctly and edged out Josh, Adam, cynicalbuddha, and Patrick who each submitted six correct responses.  I'll start building your prize package and get that shipped out to you (hopefully) sooner than later.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  I had a lot of fun reading your responses.

Happy Sunday and sayonara!


  1. Well how about that!!! :) I felt I have a good chance when I guessed the Hometown Heroes card. I figured a lot would pick 65 Topps, but the dots on the border of your student's card made me keep thinking about it.

    1. I had a lot of fun last night sifting through everyone's responses. Heck.. I had a lot of fun sifting through my student's projects. Really good stuff. Congratulations! I've already started shopping on COMC for you ;)

  2. I couldn't figure out 4, 5 and 8. I don't do Panini so I guess that was a disadvantage. I can't believe 8 was 2015, great idea for your class. Maybe you'll inspire a few new collectors.

    1. Hopefully. Unfortunately most of the kids are into Pokemon or Yu-gi-oh and not sports cards. However a few of them were excited when I passed the extras out last week.

  3. Apparently I misread the indStructuons....I thought the answers had to be based on the 12 card samples you provided. I believed you showed those samples to your students and that was what they bases theircards on. Perhaps I should get the boobie prize.

  4. Never in a million years would I have guessed #8 was 2015 Topps.

  5. Nice win, Jeff! This was a fun contest.