I read a post that I think started over at “A Cardboard Problem”. I sat and read the comments and read a few other blogs who posted their own posts about the subject. What do you do with all the cards you don’t collect?
Before I go into what I have decided about the problem, let me give you a little history about what I do to begin with. I buy cards and turn around and sell them. I know, doesn’t sound like much, or sound like I’m a collector. I just love to open packs or boxes. I love the thrill on what I’m going to get next. I love looking at the cards themselves. But it costs money to collect. I have very little money. I also love to sell on ebay. I love to watch people bidding on my cards. It’s really great when I have a good card on there but I don’t very often. So I buy packs and list what cards I think I can sell. Ebay now allows 100 free listings if they start under $1.00 every month. So I take advantage of those, because it’s free, which is right up my alley. I basically lists numbered, memorabilia (jersey, bat, ect) and autographed cards with a few rookies thrown in. For those of you who open packs, you know you don’t really get that many of the above mentioned cards often. I used to hold the “other” cards and when I get so many, list them in a team lot. What I’ve found out is, not many team lots actually sell. And it’s a pain because I try to list all the cards in the lot because I’m not one to trick people into buying junk cards like some do and that becomes a lot of work.
Before I tell you what I’ve decided to do with the “other” cards, let me say, I’ve really gotten into reading a bunch of card blogs. I currently have 30 blogs bookmarked that I check daily and I seem to be adding more every few days. I love hearing everybody talk about their finds, or about their trades, or pack pulls. I love reading about their love of their teams and that teams players. I love to hear everybody talk about their love of cards. It’s nice to see excitement over what are typically basic cards and not bragging about the 3 color jersey patch 1/1 autographed solid gold card that most people will never own. It’s nice once and awhile, because it is exciting, but not every day with a different “super” card. I’ve also started reading “Mint Condition – How baseball cards become an American Obsession” by Dave Jamieson. If you’re a reader, read it. If your not, take the time to do so anyways. I’m only about 1/4 into it and it is really good. It’s a great read about how cards came about, and I’m sure most of you are like I was and know it was originally ads for tobacco but it started out so much more and has such a rich and somewhat dark history. But it goes into a few people who collected every different card they could and they did it, not for the money, but because they loved it.
So, what have I decided to do with them? I decided I would give them away, mostly free. I have posted a page on this blog, with all the teams listed. And what I want you to do is, let me know which teams you want. I will put you on the list with that team and when I get 50 cards of that team, I will e-mail you, you then have 3 days to paypal me $2.00 to cover shipping, and I will send you the cards. I wouldn’t even charge the $2.00 but like I said earlier, I’m broke and it’s still a pretty good deal (50 cards of your team for $2.00). So either comment on this blog, or shoot me an e-mail at jccsst1022 at gmail dot com and tell me which team you want to be notified about. I will take multiple people for teams, when I send the 1st person listed their cards, I will move their name to the back of the list for that team. And the next person on the list will get the next 50, and so on. I can’t tell you how long it’ll take to get 50 cards, I get some teams a lot more than others and it also depends on how many packs I can buy that week. But I would just love to see the cards go to people who appreciate them. So again, comment or email me (jccsst1022 at gmail dot com), I will add your name (1st come, 1st serve), and when that team gets to 50, I will notify you, you paypal me $2.00, and they will be packed and shipped to you.
If you have a sports or sports blog you want me to check out and possibly bookmark, let me know and I will check it out as well.