HOF & SOTY are both being selected this year. There are people choosing four each in both categories right now. Once all have been sent to Al he will take the most voted on four in each group to be finalist in January for the club to vote on one each. He listed the only strikes produced this year for all to see and know what was available. As to HOF voters must go through all strikes produced since 1993 and pick four. Many times strikes are voted on that have already been selected and Al must go through all submissions and weed those out and ask for different strikes. All denominations are open for HOF selection so that's a big job. It's a large undertaking and takes up a lot of time.
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