At 4:43 am, I had the first entry emailed to me. That entry was good enough to take the prize. The winner is Brian.
Here is another look at the picture that Brian had to decipher.
For those of you playing at home, here are the answers in a sort of left to right, top to down fashion.
While going back through the blog entries (twice), Brian left a few comments. Because of those, I can see that it took Brian well over two hours to come up with the correct answers. By 2:30, he had made his way back to 1992 Score (Will Clark). Fifteen minutes later, he was back to 1992 Donruss (Dave Nilsson). An hour and a half after that, he had made it back to 1983 Topps (Ron Jackson). Half an hour later, he had his guesses in. So, in a way, he kind of left a trail while coming up with the correct answers.
Congratulations, Brian! Send me your address and your favorite team and I will get the 8x10 out to you sometime this week. Since you were the only entry, I'll throw in some extra cards. I am guessing that you are a Rangers fan, but I have been wrong once before. Also, I am curious as to which signatures were the hardest ones. I have an idea, but I want to know what you thought. Just leave that info in the comment section.
And for everyone else, I was wondering if anyone else even thought about attempting this or did it seem like too much trouble or not a good enough prize (or both)?
On a side note, when I was putting the collage of signatures together, the program I was using hit a snag. I got the "this program has encountered a problem and needs to shut down" line. I hadn't saved it at all and was one signature away from finishing it. So, I took a picture of it with my camera and used that photo to finish it. That why many of the signatures look pretty crappy. I redid a few of the ones that seemed darker, but most of them I left as they were.