Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Closing Out The Baseball Artelopes

With baseball season coming to an end for my two MLB teams. Despite the claim some would make that the Rockies were done months ago. I thought it is time to close out the baseball artelopes for 2014, and start with a clean slate of the new stuff for other sports going out. So without beating around the bush too much here they are.

This was my second attempt this year with the Knights. Early in the year I had gotten a great response from the team. Included in the response was a letter letting me know that the team had just moved into a new ballpark. They hadn't fully unpacked yet, and so their business cards were unavailable at that time. Waiting until late in the season I sent out the envelope above, and got nothing.

Sitting around bored while doing our garage sale. I came up with the idea of a bat hitting a baseball. While I don't think it turned out terrible, it didn't turn out as I had hoped either.

Sadly though the Lemurs have been around for two seasons, and for the second consecutive season I got nothing in return. I don't believe it is just me as their schedules seem to be on most collectors wantlist. As with this season, and last I will give it one more shot next year. Maybe giving it an earlier in the year attempt might help change my luck.

Out of the three failed returns this one hurts the most. The second envelope to come out of the garage sale bored batch. I enjoyed how this came out, and wanted to show it off with atleast some pocket schedules. Instead it is getting showed off with two more failed attempts.

On the things that make you wonder front. All three of these were sent out on exactly the same day, and all gave the exact same results. I can't help but wonder if somehow they didn't get close to their destinations, or if I waited too long in the season before writing all three teams.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back From Steeltown

Four down, and one to go after tonight.

The artwork for this envelope speaks for itself. My idea was to go with the simple team logo, and see how I did.

Much like the previous three returns. Inside was a few schedules, but not the business card that I was hoping for the most. What this means is I am moving on from attempting to complete the NFL in my business card collection.

Being Monday is my day off I drew artelopes for three college bowl games, One NBA franchise, and one request for football schedules from University of Utah. We will see if my luck starts to turn with these new requests.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Chase- Four Go Down

In what looked to be a boring race ended up being another thriller. While the first 250 laps were a borefest that was dominated by Kevin Harvick. On lap 252 Harvick suffered a flat tire only a few laps after a caution, and brought out another caution. Starting towards the back he never recovered, and finished one lap down when it was over. What all this did is clear the path for the eventual winner.

More than anything the thrill was with the eight drivers who were fighting for four spots, and the chance to remain in the chase. Changing who was in, and who was out multiple times throughout the race. When the smoke had cleared the four drivers left holding the bag, and now racing the seven remaining races for pride were A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Eric Almirola. Dinger missed the cut by a mere two points, and Busch missed the cut by six. Adding to the frustration for Busch was until the last twenty or so laps he was in by two points, but lost a bunch of spots in those last few laps.

Our driver Kyle Busch was looking good going into the race as he was up by 28 over the 13th place competitor. Starting in second all Kyle had to do was run a clean race, and move into the Contender Round. In the end he did just that bu finishing tenth. Looking like he might finish around seventh or maybe even eighth. A few cars came up on the driver who was then told to just let them pass, and not risk anything bad happening. Listening to the advice Kyle finished the round in sixth place.

With all the drivers points reset, and no one having any sort of an advantage now. Next week will be a tough one for our favorite driver though. Historically Kyle hasn't run very well in Kansas, and usually just tries to survive the race. From there things will get more exciting for everyone with a race in Martinsville. Then comes the wildcard in Talladega. With the strong possibility of getting caught up in a wreck always lingering. No matter what you do in the first two races it could all be undone by the actions of another driver around you losing control of his car, and taking you out with him at Talladega.

If he can make it out of this round into the next things will be tons more favorable for Kyle as the three tracks after Talladega are better track for him. No getting ahead of ourselves though until four more drivers are eliminated.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Lion Of An Artelope

Once again feeling like I want to write, but not do too much. I figured why not show off my latest request from the Detroit Lions.

I think I did a decent job with this request. The only thing I could say is while you can tell that it is a cat, but I'm not sure about the lion thing.

As with my other two returns from NFL teams this was all that was inside the return envelope. What this means is unless the two remaining returns come with a business card inside. I will pass on sending out more requests to NFL teams. From there I will move onto NBA, and the remaining NHL teams still missing business cards.