Cardboard Connection 2011 Allen & Ginter Imagination Contest Winner Announcement

Cardboard Connection 2011 Allen & Ginter Imagination Contest Winner Announcement

Below are the Top 10 Best Submissions from our "Who Would You Like To See In 2011 Allen & Ginter" contest. Each of the Top 10 Finalists will receive a few interesting singles from 2010 Allen & Ginter (Relics, Mini's, Inserts). The winner of the contest and the free hobby box of 2010 Allen & Ginter can be found at the bottom of the page. Thanks to all that participated, hopefully we will see some of these suggestions come to life in 2011 Allen & Ginter!

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Ben Barron

  • Larry King Auto/Relic
  • George Lucas Auto
  • Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin Dual Auto
  • Bungie Relic - From The Game "Halo"
  • Bob Barker Auto

Paul Laface

  • Stan Lee Auto
  • Tim Burton Auto
  • Jack Black Guitar Pick Relic
  • Mike Judge Auto
  • Sailor Jerry Cut Signature

Eric Pires Bento

  • Jim Joyce - Umpire to mess up Armando Galarraga's perfect game this year.
  • Steve Bartman - Man who ruined Cubs in 2003 by catching a foul ball.
  • Gary Coleman - "What You Talking About Willis?" - died this year - would make a great cut signature
  • Captain Phil Harris - Died this year, was on the show "Deadliest Catch" - would make a great cut signature
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - One of the greatest Soccer players in the world.

Michael Pitale

  • Albert Einstein DNA Relic
  • Neal Armstrong Auto/Relic
  • Piece Of Moon Rock
  • Wonderboy Bat Relic - From "The Natural"
  • BP Oil Spill Relic (On second thought that's probably not a good idea)

Jacob Wagner

  • John Wooden Cut Signature
  • Daniel Okrent Auto - Creator of fantasy baseball
  • Chesley Sullenberger Auto Plane Seat Relic - The airplane pilot who saved all of the passengers during an emergency landing.
  • Elin Nordegren Golf Club Relic
  • Neifi Perez Auto - First player to be suspended for substance abuse

T.J Kendrick

  • Les Claypool Bass String Relic - Front-man for Primus and greatest bass player of all time. A fishing fly relic would be awesome, too.
  • "Comic Book Guy" Auto - he could sign it "Worst Baseball Card, Ever"
  • Quentin Tarantino Auto - He's my favorite director and he's his face in everything else, why not baseball cards?
  • Wu-Tang Clan Auto's - Greatest Rap group E-V-E-R.
  • Chewbacca fur relic - do I need to explain how awesome that would be?

Sergio Dubois

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David Tenneson

  • Shoeless Joe Jackson Sock Relic (with optional one-of-one black coloring)
  • Stephen King Auto - promoting "Blockade Billy"
  • Harry Houdini
  • Modern Authors Collection (featuring such authors as: Bret Easton Ellis author of American Psycho, Chuck Palahniuk author of "Fight Club", Hunter S. Thompson author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", Jack Kerouc author of "On The Road", etc.) which would be a compliment to this year's "World's Greatest Wordsmiths"
  • 27 Club collection (featuring history's most famous people, including but not limited to the great musicians that dies at age 27)
  • Alternatives For the Two Collections - Bob Dylan, Aaron Burr


Kevin O'Sullivan

  • Branch Rickey Cut Signature - Agent who took heat for signing Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente (breaking both color barriers)
  • 1 of 1 Beatles Wood Cards - made from Ringo Star's Drumsticks
  • "The Godfather" Movie Reel Slides Autographed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Al Alcorn Auto - Inventor Of Pong
  • Team Card Of "The Bad News Bears"


Brett Ortler

  • Houston Zoo Animal Painting Relics - Animals that can paint pictures from Houston Zoo
  • Stephen Hawking Digital Autograph - using binary code printed on card
  • Yuri Gargarin - First man in space
  • Allen Ginsberg - Beat Poet
  • James Doohan Cut Signature - "Scotty" from Star Trek

In a razor thin finish, Brett Ortler edges out Kevin O'Sullivan for a free box of 2010 Allen & Ginter! Congratulations Brett! To those who finished in the Top 10, we will be contacting you very soon for mailing info. To make sure you all get your prizes as soon as possible, it would help if each of you would send your full name & mailing address to

In closing, thanks to all that submitted! At the moment we are considering putting together a list of the "Top 50 Suggestions" from the contest, so if your name wasn't mentioned above, that doesn't mean it won't be later on. Stay tuned to for future contests of imagination & intrigue!

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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

User Comments

  1. Feeling a little like the C’s after game 7 right now

  2. @Kevin O‚ÄôSullivan: Man, you don’t know how tough of a choice that was, I litterally went back and forth 50 times between you two. For finishing second place, I will make sure that you get a ton of free cards from Ginter and some bonus cards as well. Is there anything in particular you collect?

  3. Hey there, Brett…

    Some news from me, thought you might be interested in…I just produced 1000 art stamp sheets of my piece, Rubens Rounding Third. I printed them, with gummed paper and perforated them, signed and numbered them and then put them online with Keep Calm Gallery.

    Here’s the link:

    The stamps are based upon an artwork I made in 2008. A year ago, a friend suggested I send in a work on the theme of baseball to the philatelic museum in Mexico, MUFI. So I took the collage, scanned it, arranged it in a grid and then printed it, hand perforated it and sent it from Paris to Oaxacca. I won first prize. It was astonishing.

    While I’ve lived in Paris for more than 18 years, I’m a New York boy and each day I scour the box scores. Yes, a NY Met fan. My first game was a twi-light double header (NY vs Pete Rose and the Reds) in 1965. My grandfather took me and he taught me how to keep score and explained everything that was happening. He was a true Brooklyn Dodger fan and was forever crying about the move of his team to LA. Oh, and everyone was either a stiff or a bum. I caught one ball in my lifetime: At the Pawtucket Red Sox game. It was unreal as it basically bounced into my hands.

    Feel free to contact me if you need any info… I’m sure your readers will love this collectible.

    All the best,

    Matthew Rose


  4. Man those were all great! Congrats to Kevin and Brett. I would LOVE to see that Stephen Hawking card

  5. Why am I not in the Top 10 ? I had some great ideas, and a lot of details.

    Was my entry too long or something ??

  6. @Remi Lafrance: That was exactly why it was such a hard decision. We literally had over 300 quality entries and with the differences between all of them were small and entirely subjective. I really liked your entries and wish had the ability to give prizes out to everyone, but unfortunately we cannot. This is not something we took lightly as put tons of time into reading and reviewing each submission and at the end of the day we had to make some really tough choices. I do appreciate you taking the time to submit them. The good news is there will be plenty more opportunities to win free boxes in the near future as we are going to be giving away a box of every single Topps product (maybe some from a few other companies as well) released between now and the end of the year.

  7. First of all, thanks to the Cardboard Connection folks. It was fun

    Also, to Kevin, the Branch Rickey card rules (as do your others). Great idea.

    A lot of the others of the finalists were pretty great too. I certainly don’t envy the editors, as they had to winnow the field down.

    Anyway, thanks again.


  8. Red Sox are good

  9. Congrats to Brett Ortler on winning and all of the top finishers for an outstanding list of what would be some awesome cards to collect or pull. Brett and Mike thanks for all the work you guys put into this. I know ya’ll had some tough decisions to make. Looking forward to future contests. Big shout out to my man David Tenneson for making the list always good to see us bama boys represent haha.

  10. Thank you very much Mike and Brett. This means a lot to me to even be considered as a finalist. I hope this doesn’t disqualify me, but I am only 15 and I’m an avid sports collector, and being selected as a finalist made my week .

    Thanks very much,
    Jacob Wagner

  11. @Jacob Wagner: Ha, don’t worry Jacob, whether your 6 or 60 anyone can participate in our contests.

  12. Thanks for putting me in the top ten. They were all good entries. I still think there is a place for the Wu-Tang Clan in baseball cards somewhere.

  13. just got my prize package and can i just say amazing thanks a bunch could not be more pleased cardboardconnection rocks thanks a bunch

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