I'm sure you all are aware of several contests going on out there. In fact, I have one going on right here on My Cardboard Mistress. If you haven't entered, go here. It's easy, and you could win a complete set of 1996 Collect-a-Card Centennial Olympic Games cards (and maybe other things).
Also, head over to Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle to find out how to vote for Greg to win a Koufax auto. I've voted several times already, and you should, too. He is very deserving of the autograph.
The contest I really want to pimp here, though, is the one at Drew's Cards. All you have to do to win some great Obak football cards is answer a few simple questions.
As for my answers:
...your favorite African American Athlete of all time (any sport).
Bryan Randall...yeah yeah yeah, I know nobody has ever heard of him. He was VT's quarterback when I first started school there.
...your smartest investment/purchase you have ever made (inside or outside of this hobby).
Well, as far as investment goes, I did pick up a couple Verlander Sweet Spot autos before he exploded. However, I wont see any cash for my investment because they aren't leaving my collection. Outside of that, my best purchase was a box of 2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History. I got a freakishly good box that included a Joe DiMaggio Yankee Stadium Legacy Memorabilia card. I paid $45 for the box, and the DiMaggio sold for $255.
...one of your favorite stories having to do with this hobby.
My favorite story is doing a live pack break at the grave of Lewis Ginter, one of the two men behind Allen & Ginter. I wrote about it here: http://mycardboardmistress.blogspot.com/2011/08/paying-respects-to-pioneer-of-cards.html.
...one thing you love about the hobby today as well as one thing you hate about it.
I love the blogging and collecting community and making trades. I think one of the key elements of a good hobby is having folks to share it with. The thing I hate about it is the price-per-card of almost every set that comes out. The reliance on "hits" to carry a product has made pack prices rise. Even retail versions with much longer odds don't increase the number of base cards. I think the worst offender I've seen so far is 2012 Topps Archives. Given the low quality of the base cards, it should have had at least 15 base cards in a ~$3 pack.