(2nd Annual) The Rose (Bowl Contest) – Closed

Rose Bowl neon sign

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! It’s time for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest! This will be the 106th edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All”. In case you hadn’t heard, this game will feature Pac-12 Conference champion Oregon (11-2 overall, 8-1 in conference) vs. Big 10 Conference runner-up Wisconsin (10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference).

The Contest

Similar to last year’s contest, there will be three winners (or more depending on ties) choosing from a prize pool of 16 lots.

Gold Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will win the Rose Bowl and the margin of victory (without going over). Winner will receive their choice of three of the pictured prize lots!

Silver Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will be leading at halftime and by how much (without going over). Winner will receive their choice of two of the pictured prize lots (after the Gold Contest winner has chosen).

Bronze Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of how many total points will be scored in this game (without going over). For example, if the final score is 50-49 then 99 total points were scored in this game. Winner will receive their choice of one pictured prize lot (after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winner have chosen).

Feel free to enter all three contests. Entries may be in the following format:

Gold Contest: (School name) by #
Silver Contest: (School name) by #
Bronze Contest: # total points

You can even copy other entrants’ predictions without hurting their chances of winning. In the event of a tie, each tied winner will win. The earlier (tied) comment entry time stamp will get the earlier choice from the prize list.

Bonus Prize (pimp this contest)!

If you win one or more of the contests above AND pimp this contest in your blog before midnight Pacific time December 31st, then you win one additional pictured prize lot of your choice. Please leave a “pimp link” in the comments section. Bonus prize selection will take place after the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners have chosen their main contest prize lots.

Deadline to enter is 2:00 pm Pacific on January 1st.

The Prize List

Baseball:

  1. One vintage 1958 Topps #396 Dutch Dotterrer (Cincinnati Reds) and one sealed 3-card cello pack of 1991 Jimmy Dean with Rickey Henderson (Oakland A’s) showing on top
  2. One vintage 1966 Topps #128 Jim Landis (Cleveland Indians) and one sealed 18-card set of 1992 Score Proctor & Gamble All-Stars
  3. One vintage 1972 Topps #52 Harmon Killebrew In Action and one cello 3-card pack of 2009 Upper Deck First Edition (Tim Lincecum showing on top)
  4. One 2000 Royal Rookies Futures High Yield Autographs Colby Lewis #’d 1143/2500 and one 2019 Gypsy Queen Chrome boxtopper #4 Kyle Schwarber
  5. One 2005 Donruss Threads Century Proof Silver #5 Eddie Murray #’d 87/100 and one 2008 Topps Retail Relics TR-BG Brian Giles
  6. One 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts – Icons #36 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson #’s 1/25 and one 2019 Topps Chrome – Green Wave Refractor #185 Kyle Hendricks #’d 35/99
  7. One 2017 Topps High Tek Autographs HT-CC Carlos Carrasco and one retail pack 2007 Fleer
  8. One waxpack 1989 Pacific Legends II, one pack 1988 Topps Stickers and one sealed pack 2019 Topps Update Oversize 1984 boxtopper
  9. One pack 2019 Topps Finest and one rack pack 1989 Donruss (with Nolan Ryan showing)
  10. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1977 Topps design including Don Sutton) and two 2019 Union 76 Dodger pins
  11. One 2007 Topps Museum Collection Prime Pieces World Baseball Classic Prime Pieces WBCPR-DG Didi Gregorius and one waxpack 1989 Donruss All-Stars (Pop-up Puzzle & Cards)

Football:

  1. One vintage 1960 Topps #31 Cleveland Browns Team Card/Checklist and one sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards (Troy Aikman showing on the front, Neil O’Donnell in back)
  2. One complete boxed set 1989 Topps Traded Football (132 cards) and one sealed 4-card cello promo pack containing a mix of  2005 Leaf Certified Material, Donruss Elite and Playoff
  3. One unopened) cello pack 2006 Donruss Frito Lay (appears to be three cards) and one pack 2007 Score

Basketball:

  1. One sealed promo pack 2009-10 Panini Adrenalyn XL (6 cards) and one sealed 2001-02 AT&T Upper Deck Los Angeles Clippers Team Set (9-card set)

Multi-sport/Non-sport

  1. One sealed pack of 2008 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary and one pack 1992 Lime Rock Mad Magazine Series 1
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Good luck!

Good luck!

(Who) Do Ya (Collect?)

Back on Saturday, May 18th, I was at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena) and saw that it was hosting two events simultaneously. The bigger event that drew vastly more people was the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race (stage 3 of the women’s race, stage 7 of the men’s race). Adjacent to the finish line of each race stage, there is a “Lifestyle Festival”. According to the Amgen Tour of California website:

While fans await the cyclists at each day’s finish line, they can partake in the race’s popular daylong Lifestyle Festival. Designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences, the Lifestyle Festival offers a day of no-cost entertainment and fun for everyone, from families to first-time race visitors to veteran fans.

Located adjacent to the daily finish line, the Lifestyle Festival is an engaging and interactive space with more than 40 exhibitors daily, family activities, food and drink, live race streaming on large video screens, cancer and cardiovascular awareness education and more…

Lifestyle Festival at the 2019 Amgen Bicycle Tour - Pasadena
Lifestyle Festival at the 2019 Amgen Bicycle Tour - Pasadena

The picture above shows a part of race’s accompanying Lifestyle Festival, held out in one of the parking lots of the Rose Bowl. Note the giant TV monitor which happens to show the racers cycling on the road between the festival and the hills in the background. You may have also noticed the helicopter in the sky, which provided aerial coverage of the race.

With all the bicycling fans, exhibitor booths, time and money spent on this event, it made me wonder…are there card sets out there for bicycle racing (past or present)? I’m pretty sure there’s a few cards of bicycle racers in products like Allen & Ginter. But a whole set?

Speaking of cards, as I first arrived at the Rose Bowl parking lot, I spotted this eye-catching vehicle which turned out to be the Panini mobile company van. How many of you Panini collectors wouldn’t mind having this bad boy for your own personal vehicle?

Panini van, front
Panini Mobile Vehicle

Walking from the parking lot towards the stadium, I came across the sign on the right. Later in the afternoon (after spending some time at Amgen’s Life Festival), I headed down toward the stadium field and saw the sign on the left. That’s when I knew for sure that it was the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere event where a large group of NFL rookies take pictures on the field in their NFL uniforms for Panini. From a Beckett article on the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, here is a list of attendees:

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles – WR
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers – DE
Miles Boykin, Baltimore Ravens – WR
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans – WR
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – WR
Hakeem Butler, Arizona Cardinals – WR
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts – WR
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos – TE
Ryan Finley, Cincinnati Bengals – QB
Will Grier, Carolina Panthers – QB
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs – WR
Damien Harris, New England Patriots – RB
N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots – WR
Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins – QB
Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams – RB
Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens – RB
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions – TE
Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals – WR
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders – RB
Gary Jennings, Seattle Seahawks – WR

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers – WR
Daniel Jones, New York Giants – QB
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos – QB
Bryce Love, Washington Redskins – RB
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings – RB
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins – WR
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks – WR
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears – RB
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals – QB
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys – RB
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders – WR
Riley Ridley, Chicago Bears – WR
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers – WR
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles – RB
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills – RB
Darius Slayton, New York Giants – WR
Irv Smith Jr, Minnesota Vikings – TE
Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers – RB
Easton Stick, Los Angeles Chargers – QB
Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots – QB

Ordinary casual fans were able to sit in the bleachers but were not allowed in the player/Panini area. Luckily I was able to get relatively close to some of the tents and players and snap a few photos for you.

Signing cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere
How many players can you identify signing cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere?
Can you find the Panini Contenders Draft Picks Bowl Ticket (Eric Dickerson) card?
Can you find the Panini Contenders Draft Picks Bowl Ticket (Eric Dickerson) card above?
On the Rose Bowl field at the 2019 NFLPA Rookie Premiere
On the Rose Bowl field at the 2019 NFLPA Rookie Premiere
Could this be 49ers rookie DE Nick Bosa?
Could this be 49ers rookie DE Nick Bosa?
Carolina Panthers rookie QB Will Grier
I'm 99.99% sure this is Carolina Panthers rookie QB Will Grier

So that’s my rather brief close encounter with Panini (#whodoyoucollect) and NFL rookies. This day for the rookies was part of a multi-day event. For more in-depth information about the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, check out this other Beckett article.

As summer approaches, my workload has been increasing substantially. That’s why new Stadium Fantasium blog posts have slowed down even more than before. I’ll still be posting but not nearly as often as I would like. I’ve got at least four blog posts in the works that I hope to create sooner rather than later. Until then, stay tuned…