Contest: The One-Card Challenge

The One Card ChallengeOne of the most satisfying accomplishments for a collector is acquiring the last card they need to complete a set. Who doesn’t love filling that empty slot in a 9-pocket page, or crossing that “last one” off of the list?

Likewise, one of the biggest frustrations is when you need only one card to finish a set, and yet that card somehow eludes you.

Sure, you could buy the one card you need on eBay, but if it’s a common or cheap insert then you end up spending $4.00 to acquire a quarter card.

Thus, I am running a contest here on Puck Junk.The goal is to help each other “kill off” any hockey card sets that are a card away from completion. This idea is based on something that Greg (a.k.a. Night Owl) did on his blog. I love his idea so much that I am borrowing it here as a basis for my contest. (Thanks, Greg!)

The Puck Junk One-Card Challenge – Official Rules (Please Read)

For the month of September, I am inviting hockey card collectors to help each other finish our sets that need *just* one card to finish.

It can be a base set or an insert set, but it has to be a card that someone would be willing to *give* you–that is, don’t ask for a Wayne Gretzky rookie card or Steve Stamkos Young Guns card, because most likely no one is going to give you one for nothing in return.

Because this is a hockey blog, I ask that we keep requests limited to just hockey cards.

How to Play
Please follow these steps carefully. Since there are prizes, I want to make sure everyone plays fair, and these steps should make this game pretty easy to play.

For each set where you need just one card to finish it, post a reply below. Provide the year, manufacturer and card number (or player name). Don’t just say “UD Roenick RC,” say “1990-91 Upper Deck #63 Jeremy Roenick.” Make it easy for the other guy to help you.

Make each card you need a separate reply.

Make each card you need a separate reply. So, if you need 1 card from 3 different sets, make 3 separate replies. That will make it easier to track if a card is no longer needed, and easier for me to keep score. You can do this as many times as you need to, and are encouraged to keep posting replies throughout the month.

If you have a card that you are willing to give (not sell, not trade, but GIVE) to the person to complete their set, write a reply to their post, stating that you have the card they need. Give your email address too so that they can contact you with their mailing address.

Post a reply if you have the card someone needs. Make sure to list your email address so they can get in touch with you.

Mail the card to the person who needs it.

When you receive a card from someone, post a reply to their reply, letting me know you got it. You will each receive a point in the standings (see Scoring, next section).

When you receive a card, post a reply to the reply.

Helping out your fellow collectors is usually its own reward, but prizes never hurt. Thus, I will keep track of who helps who complete their sets with the following scoring method.

  • If you GIVE someone a card to finish their set, you get ONE GOAL
  • If you RECEIVE a card from someone to finish your set, you get ONE ASSIST
  • If you GIVE a card to Sal (that’s me), then you get ONE GOAL AND ONE ASSIST.
  • Like a hockey game, goals and assists are each worth the same: ONE POINT
  • Each time you post a card you want, that counts as ONE SHOT
  • I will update the stats on who is leading the contest regularly.
  • FYI, I am not giving myself any points. Send me a card and you get the goal and the assist. Receive a card from me and you get an assist.
  • The winner is the person with the most POINTS (goals and assists combined)
  • In case of a tie between two or more participants, the participant with the most GOALS wins first place.
  • If there is still a tie–say two people have 10 goals and 10 assists each–then the person with the most SHOTS wins first place.
  • In case two or more people have the exact same amount of goals, assists, and shots, then I will go on a Vision Quest until the true winner appears to me in a hallucination. Or I’ll just flip a coin or something.

Oh yes, there will be prizes for First, Second and Third Place. I have not determined what they will be yet, but I will take into consideration the amount of postage the winner spent and make it worth their while.I will try to make each prize something cool, different or unique. I will post pictures of the prizes later in the month. You can see the prizes here.

Mailing Cards
When sending one card, I recommend putting it in a top loader, folding a piece of paper around it (like you’d fold a letter) and mailing it in a business-sized envelope. This will weight less than an ounce / less than 30g and provide satisfactory protection against the perils of the U.S. and / or Canadian mail service.

You may, at your own expense, decide to use a padded envelope. This is a good idea if you are sending someone several cards at a time.

Do not expect someone to spend a lot on postage when giving you a free card–that is, do not expect a padded envelope and delivery confirmation if they are completing your 1990-91 Score Hockey set. The idea is to keep our postage costs low.

I will close the contest on Saturday, September 29 October 6 (I am extending the contest one week longer than originally planned). That is the last day to post that you received a card from someone.

Promote this contest and get one goal
If you have a blog and promote this contest, I will give you ONE GOAL in the standings.

  • On your blog, mention this contest and link to this blog post.
  • Then post a reply here stating that you promoted the contest on your blog. Provide the URL to the post on your blog, too.
  • I will award you ONE GOAL in the contest
  • You can only do this once per blog. If you are like Captain Canuck and have two separate blogs, then you can do it twice. (But don’t just make a new blog up just for the contest).
Promote this contest and get a goal for your effort.

You are welcome–but NOT required–to use this promotional image on your blog:

Are you a first-time poster?
If you are posting for the first time on this blog, I will have to approve your comment. Once I have approved one comment from you, all of your future comments will appear automatically and not need to be approved.

Any Questions?
I may have left something important out, so if you have any questions about this contest, post it below so that I can answer for everyone to see.

 Let the One-Card Challenge Begin!


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

151 thoughts on “Contest: The One-Card Challenge”

    1. Got it. I have your address on file, and will send it to you on Tuesday. Please post below this reply when you receive it.

  1. I need:

    2012 National Hockey Card Day Canada – Steven Stamkos – #9

    Oh yeah, and to make it easier its a ‘Pride of Canada’ one.

    1. Florida Fan, we are trying to limit this contest to just sets where you need only one card to finish it off–hence the title “The One-Card Challenge.” Does that make sense?

  2. I know I’m a bit late but I need:

    1997-98 Esso Olympic Hockey Heroes – #11 Rod Brind’Amour

    Its a jumbo-card if that helps.

  3. I know I’m REALLY late, but I’ll take my chances…
    Most of these sets, I bought missing these cards…
    My pesky 1 card needed are:

    2010-11 Heroes and Prospects #94
    2011-12 Heroes and Prospects #101 Nathan MacKinnon
    2011-12 Victory Rookie #247 Joe Colborne
    2011-12 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Update #616 Ryan McDonaugh
    2011-12 Score Hot Rookies # 560 Jake Gardiner
    2011-12 Crown Royale Rookie Royalty (Regular) #130 Raphael Diaz
    2006-07 Parkhurst #21 Johnny Bower
    2008-09 National Hockey Card Day Steven Stamkos
    2011-12 National Hockey Card Day CANADA Sean Couturier
    2011-12 National Hockey Card Day USA Gabriel Landeskog
    2009-10 Black Diamond #185 Don Cherry
    2009-10 O-Pee-Chee #555 Don Cherry (LOL I can’t seem to get this guy!)
    2005-06 Heroes and Prospects #111 John Tavares
    2010-11 SP Authentic #40 Engeni Malkin
    1970-71 O-Pee-Chee #1 Gerry Cheevers
    1993-94 Upper Deck #519 Chris Osgood
    1993-94 Parkhurst #329 Chris Osgood

    Please email me at:
    if you have any of the cards…and I’ll shoot you my address… I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

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