UPDATE: Winners of The Cardboard Connection’s 5-Year Anniversary Contest Announced

UPDATE: Winners of The Cardboard Connection’s 5-Year Anniversary Contest Announced

UPDATE 10/16:  Our sincere apologies for the delay in contacting all winners. After getting in touch with the first 2 winners and having to disqualify another winner based on a rule violation, I decided to speed up the distribution of the remaining prizes by emailing all the remaining winners at once and requesting they send me an ordered list of their desired prizes. It was brought to my attention earlier this week that 3 winners had not received the emails I had sent them. After looking into the issue it became apparent that the emails were corrupted because of a hardware failure.

I have remedied the situation and confirmed that all emails have been sent correctly. I will be lengthening the grace period that the remaining 7 winners have to respond to our emails with their prize selection preferences and mailing address from 3 days to 5 days.

If you have been selected as one of the winners of the contest and have yet to receive an email from us please do the following:

  1. Ensure that you entered the correct email address when creating a contest account. If you opted to link your Facebook account to our contest system instead of creating a standalone account, please note that all email correspondence, including all prize notifications, will be sent to the email address you have on file with Facebook (which will also be the same email address you use to login to Facebook).
  2. Log into the email account you used to enter the contest. Check the spam folder to see if any of our attempts to contact you were incorrectly flagged as spam. If you see any emails sent by msmeth@cardboardconnection.com or editor@cardboardconnection.com restore them to your email inbox.
  3. Whitelist both of the aforementioned email addresses as all winners will be contacted through one or both of those email accounts.
  4. Still having trouble? Contact Us.

Thanks to everyone who helped us not only hit the 4,000 entry mark, but blow past the 4,500 entry mark. As a result we added two addition prizes to the contest - a 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box and a 2013 Topps Platinum Football Hobby Box. The winners listed below will be contacted in order from top to bottom and each will be given 48 hours to respond to us with their mailing address and their prize selection. If we do not hear back within that time frame we will randomly select another contest participant.

Thanks to every one of the people participating in the contest, and for as it's been an incredible success

  • 2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box
  • 2013 Bowman Platinum Baseball Hobby Box
  • 2013 Topps Archives Football Hobby Box
  • 2013 Bowman Football Hobby Box
  • 2013 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hobby Box
  • 2013 Topps Qubi Baseball Box
  • Bobby Hull Autographed / Inscribed Blackhawks Puck - TRISTAR Authentication (Numbered Tamper Proof Hologoram)
  • 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box
  • 2013 Topps Platinum Football Hobby Box

Cardboard Connection 5 Year Anniversary Contest

Prize Gallery

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2013 Bowman Football Hobby Box 4 autographs 1 memorabilia per box
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2013 Bowman Football Hobby Box
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2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box
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2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box Sealed: Geno Smith EJ Manuel RC
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2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box
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2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box Chase Smith, Manuel, Lacy Rc Auto Patch +??
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2013 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box Sealed: Geno Smith EJ Manue RC w\Free Gift
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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

User Comments

  1. congrats on your anniversary.

    thanks for all you and staff do to advance the hobby


  2. Happy Anniversary!!

  3. Congrats on another year! Hope this site stays up as long as l live!

  4. Thanks everyone! And good luck to everyone in the contest.

  5. Congrats to your business as its in my top 5 hobby businesses I refer to for my all my hobby inquiries and transactions over the years and look forward to continuing that relationship as soon as I can afford it!

  6. Congratulations! Just one thing, though. It’s “as the years passed,” not “past.” As a retired professional editor, I just couldn’t let this one slide.

  7. Great card of “Dan the Man”. I like the video of letting the collectors see the new product. Thanks, Thomas

  8. Love this site, I really like how easy it is to find what you are looking for and I have read all of the great info found in your “How To” section multiple times, it has helped me enjoy collecting more and brought my collection to a whole new level. The story on how you got started in this career and how this website came to be is very enspiring! Keep up the good work and thank you.

  9. good luck to all, neat contest and happy anniversary

  10. Love the site Mike. Congrats on your success!

  11. I’ve used the 2013 Bowman Platinum checklist numerous times to figure out what cards I need to complete my set.

  12. Congrats On Five Years. Love The News Letter. Thanx. Tommy

  13. Winners?

  14. What are the odds that I am the only David B. in this contest?

  15. Hi Mike!
    Thanks! I never expected to win! I sent you the information through Facebook where u sent me a message in regards to my win ! :) Thank you so much!

  16. Um what happened to my post from earlier today? Mike, I sent you a message on Facebook as to which prize I wanted :) I HOPE you got it as I only have 24hrs. for you to view and verify :) Thanks again ! I never thought I would win :)
    Dave B.

  17. Grats winners!

  18. Yes, I got it David. All winners please bear with us as each of you have 72 hours from the time we contact you to let you know that your are “on the clock” for your pick.

    Since each prize is distributed via a draft style system we can only go as fast as each winner gets back to us. But rest assured that we will get to you ASAP. As each winner picks a prize, we will update the top of this post to reflect their selection.

    Thanks again!

    Thanks for your ongoing support and for all the kind words. Look for our next contest to be announced next week.

  19. Have all winners been notified yet? Thx!

  20. Have all winners been notified? Thanks.

  21. Great contest and a great site, I can’t believe I won, I responded to the email this morning. I hope I get the box I want, but regardless I am greatful just being a part of this great contest. Thanks again and congrats to all of the other winners!

  22. Haven’t gotten confirmation back from my email I sent…

    Hope you got it.

    Thanks for the contest, the prize and congrats on the anniversary!

  23. I can’t wait until tomorrow, I replied right when I got the email so I hope I get my first choice, but regardless I am still grateful. Thanks so much. So excited! Justin

  24. Looking forward to the surprise of what comes.


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