Monday, April 1, 2019

No More Trading

Welp, the time has finally come. Long time readers of this blog have no doubt seen this coming for a while now.

Starting now I will no longer trade cards.

Trading stresses me out as I nearly always end up feeling bad that I either didn't give enough or didn't receive enough. And my stock of tradable cards has dwindled down pretty small and I haven't been ripping new product to replenish it. And with the ever-rising USPS postage rates, it's become too expensive.



...Ok, ok-- you got me! I'll admit this is a halfhearted April Fool's joke. I'm not quitting trading. I mean, the reasons I gave for why I should quit are all true, but no, trading is still fun. I feel I've been cutting back lately, but don't think I could ever fully stop.

Seems 2019 had been shaping up to be a slow year tradewise, but in the past week or so, I've gotten several packages/PWEs in the mail from trader buddies-- probably more in the past 10 days than the rest of the year combined so far.

Let's check them out...


Night Owl surprised me with a bunch of vintage set needs. Some solid names here!


Some '76s too.


Nice '77 lot.


Getting a Ron Cey from Night Owl is like kissing the Pope's ring.


Out of all the 80s Fleer sets, I think I've got the least amount of '83, so this was a nice lot to help that future setbuild.


And a nice hit with a Khalil Greene relic /199.

Thanks, N.O.! I'll round up a return for you shortly.

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Next up is what I think is my first trade with Adam at Cardboard Clubhouse.


Andre Dawson and Vida Blue for the PCs.


Some Braves from yesteryear and a couple stars of today.


But the big card in the package (literally thicker than the rest of the cards put together) is this card of a pretty girl holding a hockey stick, and an embedded piece of said hockey stick. Neat!


Carrie Stoup is a fashion model, TV host, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World America 2001.

Good stuff. Thanks a lot for the trade, Adam!

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Bo kindly filled some holes in my Tekulve PC that I showed off recently. Love the goofy '88 Fleer pic.


A Joe Morgan for my '79 Topps setbuild and a McCovey.

Thanks, Bo!

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Last one for today is my first trade with Alex from Chavez Ravining since 2014, I think! He took an extended hiatus from the cardsphere, but good to see he has been back at it lately.


Here's a complete base set of the Archer cards from a while back. I haven't watched it in a while, but it's still a favorite.


We wrap things up with a 1/1 sketchcard that Alex had commissioned back in 2014. (not a pack-pulled sketch card, but this artist did have cards featured in that product). Krieger is a great character, and I'm glad Alex thought of me when slimming down his collection a little.

Thanks again, Alex! I'm working on putting a return together for you.

14 comments:

  1. Glad you liked the cards Gavin!

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  2. Love all the Teks!
    Also, you got me with your click bait title!

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  3. It's so nice seeing '70s cards on someone else's blog besides my own -- even if I sent them.

    Also, Carrie Stoup looks like she's accumulated a few game misconducts.

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    1. If you can't be good, might as well be good at it.

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  4. Lol. I actually fell for your little joke. Sadly... I was agreeing with you the entire time. I haven't traded in a long, long time. I enjoy exchanging care packages and blind trade packages here and there. That's way more my speed.

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    1. I'd probably consider "exchanging care packages and blind trade packages" under the umbrella of trading, but I get what you mean. Not a "You send me that, I send you this" agreement. But those can be nice because then you don't have to worry about disappointing the other person.

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  5. I was gonna say, I haven't even done a trade with you yet in 2019 lol

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    1. I've got plenty of NY Giants parallels set aside for you!

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  6. What a wonderful sketch card! And that was pretty great of Alex to just give it away like that.

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    1. Yeah, it's pretty nifty! Maybe I should think about commissioning an artist for a cool sketchcard sometime.

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  7. Great trades here but the "no trading" thing just about had you buried in cards. Just because. I have thousands sitting here begging to be dumped on someone.

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  8. Glad you liked the cards! I must say, you had me with that title.

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  9. The Carrie Stoup memorabilia looks more like a piece of her bikini!?

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    1. Yeah, looks like a color match, but it is in fact a solid (non cloth) little piece.

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