Monday, January 14, 2008

2007 Gummie Awards

Announcer: "And now, from the parking lot of the Topps plant in Duryea, PA; almost live -- it's the 37th Annual Gummie Awards."

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the Baseball Card Writer's Association of America: Chris Harris."

CH: "Thank you very much. As many of you are aware, the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike has prohibited the Baseball Card Writers Association of America from our annual award ceremony, champagne dinner, and beer pong tournament. I know many of you were disappointed, not the least of which are myself and Pat Burrell as we were set to defend our Gummie Award beer pong title. But although our usual presentation spectacular will not commence this year, nonetheless, we are proud to announce the winners of the 37th Annual Gummie Awards."

"Right now, our staff is passing out to you, the assembled Hobby media, a list of the winners. If any of you need additional copies, there will be a stack of extra sheets on the table over by the Yuengling kegs."

"Again, thank you for coming. As I mentioned, we still have three kegs of Yuengling, and plenty of cocktail weenies for your enjoyment. If you have any questions or comments, I'll be available for comment in the green room. Thank you very much for coming out to Duryea."


DURYEA, PA; JANUARY 14, 2008 -- Below is a list of the winners of the 37th Annual Gummie Awards.

Best Insert Set: Topps Distinguished Service

Worst Insert Set: Topps Generation Now

Best Retro-Themed Product: Topps Allen & Ginter

Worst Retro-Themed Product: Sportkings

Best Autogamer Set: Upper Deck Goudey Sports Royalty

Worst Idea: Upper Deck's insertion rookie redemption cards in Upper Deck Series One.

Best Quick Correction of a Bad Idea: Upper Deck fulfilling all Series One rookie redemptions for the entire 20-card set.

Most Short-Sighted, Boneheaded Decision: Converting Fleer Ultra into "Ultra SE," a "one-hit-per-pack" product.

Best Idea: Releasing the "real" Fleer Ultra to retail.

Most Meaningless Product:

Best Designed Set: UD Masterpieces

Worst Designed Set: Topps

Best Base Set: Topps Allen & Ginter

Worst Base Set: Topps Moments and Milestones

Best Baseball Card Blog: The Cardboard Junkie

Best Baseball Card News Site: The Brill Report

Jefferson Burdick Prize for Contributions to The Hobby: Michael O'Keeffe; author of The Card.

Card of the Year:
Topps Allen & Ginter #261: Torri Hunter

Product of the Year: Topps Allen & Ginter

Worst Product (3-Way Tie (For Last)): Topps Moments and Milestones, UD Black, and Sportkings


Steve Gierman said...

I had a lot of fun filling out my ballot. It's nice to see there's still some voting that works.

Anonymous said...

I had to chuckle as I read the list because I had to totally agree with every selection that was the worst.

Good Stuff Chris.

Fred Sarra said...

Chris, Great Job!

I agree with just about every winner and loser. Well Done!

I am doing a all star fan-fest card giveaway on my blog, don't miss it.

dayf said...

You like me, you really like me!!

SJ said...

Ron Santo couldn't even win this election! Bitter, Scott

Anonymous said...

I so agree with your worst design "award" going to Topps. The 2007 design was horrible throughout the entire line.

Great job Chris!!

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