Mystery Famous American Person Puzzle Rules

 

 

In honor of the upcoming release of Historic Autograph’s 2022 Famous Americans trading cards and Twelfth Anniversary, Kevin Heffner, owner of Historic Autograph & Card Co., challenges YOU:

Find the clues!

Solve the puzzle!

Who is the Mystery Person?  

 

Contest Rules:

 

First person to solve the puzzle wins $10,000!

 

The Puzzle:  Hidden within Historic Autographs 2022 first 99 Famous American base cards are 27 clues that point to a particular Mystery Famous American.

 

Multiple clues are required to decipher the mystery person; the precise number of clues is known only to the owner of Historic Autographs, Kevin Heffner.  To claim the prize, the correct number of clues in the correct order must be submitted (guessing a name without the clues used to solve the puzzle and an explanation will not be accepted).

 

To win the contest, you must send your entry containing the following through this Contest entry page.

 

1) The name of the Mystery Famous American person identified by the 27 clues on the cards.  For the purposes of this contest, a “Famous American” is an American citizen, born or naturalized, OR a person who found fame and fortune in the United States.  

 

2) A clear explanation of how you solved the puzzle and what clue cards you needed, in the correct order, to identify the Mystery Famous American person.

 

Only one entry per person.  The first correct entry received before the closing date of April 30, 2022 will win the $10K prize.  Prize to be delivered within 3 weeks of notification of winning.   No purchase required.  Contest void where prohibited by law.

 

Contest Tips:  

 

1) You can purchase/find cards with clues in Historic Autographs Famous Americans cards, which can be found wherever trading cards are sold, including this website.  There are 27 clues hidden in the images of the first 99 base cards of the 2022 Historic Autographs Famous Americans set.

 

2) You do NOT need to buy the cards to get the clues.   You can see the clues on the cards in any photographs you can find of the cards online. Photos of some of the cards are shown on historicautographcompany.com.  

 

3) You can get an additional free clue by sending an e-mail to clue@historicautographcompany.com.

 

SMALL PRINT:

 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

CLOSING DATE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES IS 10AM EST ON April 30, 2022.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Wix.com or GoDaddy.com.  You understand that you are providing your information to Historic Autographs, and not to Comcast or any other social network or platform.

ELIGIBILITY

Historic Autographs Famous American Contest is open only to natural persons who are legal residents of the United States and who are at least 18 years old.  VOID IN PUERTO RICO, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND WHEREVER PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  Historic Autographs, prize providers, and their parent, subsidiary and affiliate companies, employees, agents and suppliers, and the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children, regardless of where they live) and household members of each such person are not eligible to participate or win any prize. Administrator may request any potential winner to provide proof that such person is the winner. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized holder of the email account will be deemed to be the entrant (“Entrant”). Potential winners are subject to verification before any prize will be awarded. By participating in the Contest, Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees and accepts these official rules (“Official Rules”) and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. 

SPONSOR /PROMOTER

The Sponsor and Promoter of the Contest is Historic Autograph Company LLC, Pottstown PA.

ADMINISTRATOR 

The Administrator, Judge, and final Arbitrator of this Contest is Historic Autographs, Pottstown PA, owner, Kevin Heffner.   Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device of the Contest.

 

CONTEST PERIOD

The “Entry Period”:  10:00 AM EST on December 7, 2021 to 10:00 AM EST on April 30, 2022.

Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device of the Contest.

HOW TO ENTER 

Visit the Contest page located at this page and follow the instructions to enter the Contest. 

JUDGING PERIOD

Begins 11:00 AM EST on Dec 8, 2021 and ends 11:00 AM EST on May 15, 2022.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

The following contest conduct is prohibited, any votes associated with such conduct may be voided, and any individual participating in such conduct may be banned from voting:

• Any attempt by any individual to enter contest using multiple/different ID, Google or Facebook accounts, identities, registrations and logins, or any other method; 

• Entering on behalf of or by proxy for any other person; 

• Use of any automated system to enter or subvert the entry process;

Use of any repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar technology, system or agent (including without limitation promotion entry services) to enter is prohibited and will void all of your entries and you will be disqualified from the Contest. Any automated receipt (such as one confirming delivery of text message or e-mail) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Administrator of an entry. HistoricAutographs is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. 

The Administrator shall have the right and sole discretion to immediately remove any and all Entries that violate these rules.

The Administrator and Historic Autographs is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. Historic Autographs will not be responsible for the failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, or if a contestant is unable to submit an entry.  If Historic Autographs suspects or receives notice of violation of rules, cheating or other vote manipulation or voting fraud by any party including any Entrant, Historic Autographs may take any action in their sole discretion to ensure that the Contest is run fairly, including invalidating an entry.  The decision of the Administrator as to winner is final. 

By submitting an Explanation of Clues, you represent that you wrote the Explanation yourself.  You grant Historic Autographs a perpetual and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, unlimited right to use, edit, and otherwise distribute the Explanation along with your name during the Contest Period and for six (6) months thereafter to promote Historic Autographs and without any compensation to you. You shall not exercise the moral rights of author or any other similar rights against Historic Autographs with respect to the Explanation, and consent to breach of such rights by Historic Autographs. Historic Autographs is not obligated to use, publish, display or broadcast any Explanation. 

You also warrant and represent that your Explanation is original to you, and has not been previously published, released, distributed, or otherwise exploited in any form.

PRIZING 

Prize consists of Ten Thousand Dollars (USD $10,000)  issued via check or wire transfer. Any unclaimed and/or unused prize will remain the property of the Administrator. 

The right to claim a prize cannot be assigned.

For all prizes:

Prizing may be subject to United States withholding taxes and taxation. See “Taxes” section below for information on tax withholding. Prize details and availability are subject to change.  Lost or stolen prizes, including in transit, will not be replaced. The prize does not include any other item or expense not specifically described in these Official Rules, and any such additional items or expenses are the sole responsibility of winner. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned. Only listed prizes will be awarded, and no other prizing or substitutions will be made. Only one prize will be awarded. 

The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes. Each winner must provide Administrator with a completed and valid W9 or W8-BEN before any prize will be awarded. A Form 1099 or 1042S (as applicable) will be issued to the winner.

Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner will be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Each winner must provide Administrator with a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number (as applicable) before any prize will be awarded. Cash Prize may be subject to 25% federal tax withholding and additional applicable state withholdings depending on winner’s place of residence. The winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes. The winners understand and agree that the winners may be responsible for taxes exceeding the amounts listed above, for reasons such as, without limitation, winner’s tax bracket.

SELECTION AND VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS 

The Administrator will contact any potential winner before May 15, 2022 via email. Selected Entrants must respond to Historic Autographs within seventy-two (72) hours of notification or attempted notification by Historic Autographs. If an Entrant’s notification is undeliverable or in the event of non-compliance with any of the Promotion rules, the applicable prize shall be forfeited, or in the event the selected Entrant declines a prize, the second Entrant who submitted a correct and valid entry may be selected at HistoricAutographs’ sole discretion.  Up to three (3) alternate winners may be selected for a prize, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. 

 

All potential winners are subject to verification by Administrator. Administrator will not accept screen shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Each potential prize winner will be required to submit a copy of a government-issued identification document and may be required to attend a video call with Administrator (and potential winner’s parent or guardian, as applicable) to verify eligibility. Each potential prize winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release and a completed and valid W9 or W8-BEN, which must be received by Administrator in order to claim and receive a prize. If a winner is a minor in his or her state or province of residency, the affidavit and release must also be executed by the winner’s parent or legal guardian. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to provide the requested verification information and documentation, fails to sign and return the affidavit and tax form within the required time period, declines the prize or prize is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits the prize. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Administrator will award the corresponding prize to an alternate winner by selecting the second Entrant who submitted a correct and valid entry may be selected at HistoricAutographs’ sole discretion.  Any alternate potential winner is subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rule. 

Administrator’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Contest and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. The Administrator reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or winner and may refuse to award any prize to an Entrant who is ineligible or has violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the Contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means. 

The Administrator also reserves the right to disqualify any potential or confirmed winner (a) who engages in behavior that: (i) is illegal; (ii) (as determined by Historic Autographs in their sole and absolute discretion) is inappropriate, threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, victimize, degrade, or intimidate any other individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, or disability; or (b) if the Administrator discovers content on potential winner’s social media pages that might in the reasonable opinion of the Administrator expose them to disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or shock, insult or offend the public; and in each case the Administrator reserve the right to not award the potential prize winner or to withdraw or terminate any prize already awarded.

Potential winners are restricted from any communication (e.g., announcing, telling any other person, or posting online via website, blog or any social media platform) stating that they have been contacted or are a potential winner or winner until Administrator has fully verified eligibility and Administrator has notified potential winner in writing that he or she has been approved to communicate winner status. Any violation of the foregoing sentence may disqualify such potential winner from receiving any potential prize(s).

PUBLICITY 

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest constitutes your consent to Historic Autographs to use your first name and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity, without further payment or consideration.  

PRIVACY 

Information submitted by you will be collected by Administrator’s systems based in the United States and such collection will be subject to applicable privacy laws depending on where you reside. Your participation in this Contest constitutes consent for Historic Autographs to use your personal information for the purpose of administering the Contest and awarding the prizes. You may withdraw personal data upon written request; however, you will be disqualified if personal data is withdrawn prior to the determination of the winner(s) and fulfillment of the prize(s). Information submitted by you is subject to Administrator’s privacy policy. Entrant’s participation in this Contest constitutes consent for Historic Autographs to use entrant’s personal information, for the purpose of administering the Contest and awarding the prizes, unless entrant has opted to receive e-mail communications from Historic Autographs. 

ERRORS AND UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES 

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including without limitation, fraud, virus or other technical problem, or any other reason beyond the control of the Administrator, Administrator may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) cancel or terminate the Contest and, if feasible, review and judge all eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Administrator reserves the right to modify prize award procedures. Administrator reserves the right in his sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Historic Autographs reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Administrator’s failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

RELEASE 

Subject to any applicable laws, by participating in the Contest, you agree to release Historic Autographs, agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”), from and against any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising in connection with the Contest to the extent possible under applicable law (except where HistoricAutographs are at fault through intentional or negligent conduct), including without limitation: (a) printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (c) technical and/or communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind; (d) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Contest; (e) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; (f) if Administrator must cancel or terminate the Contest for any reason; (g) if any prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond Historic Autographs’ reasonable control; and (h) any and all claims, demands, causes of action, judgments, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising from a claim that your Explanation infringes the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party. You agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability shall, to the extent permitted by applicable law, be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorneys’ fees or other legal costs. 

SEVERABILITY

If a court finds part of these rules illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the paragraphs of these rules operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force in effect. 

DISPUTES 

All issues and questions concerning the validity, construction, interpretation, performance, and enforcement of the Contest and these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you and Historic Autographs, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Pennsylvania.

WINNER’S LIST 

To obtain the name of the winner, mail your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, up to sixty (60) days after the close of the Contest, to Historic Autographs, 

FREE CLUE

Thank you for reading to the bottom of our small print.  As a thank you: Clue:  The Mystery Famous American is NOT George Washington.  🙂  

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