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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Calling All Bloggers/Traders/Collectors...Are These Your Cards?

Let me open this post by saying...  
I SUCK AS A TRADE PARTNER! 
There, doesn't everyone feel better now?  It's out there in the open and I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders.  Or, at least I should.  But, I don't because this really bothers me and brings unwelcome stress into my life, which it shouldn't because it's a hobby for Christ-sake.

So as I was hanging some clothes in my closet, I took a moment to look at the three shelves on the top that have become overrun with cards, boxes, binders, etc.  Upon further review, I found 7 or 8 200-count boxes with various piles of cards in sleeves, team bags and just loose in the box.  As I began to go through them, I realized that these were not my cards.  These were the "lost" cards.

"Lost" cards are the ones that you thought you got rid of but really didn't.  They could have been sold, traded away, thrown out by your mom/grandmother/nurse/maid/nanny/spouse/undertaker, or given to someone as a gift.  But whatever the case may be, they were, in your mind, no longer in your possession.  It is one of those overly cliche "out of sight, out of mind" scenarios where I thought I had sent these to their rightful owners but alas, I was only fooling myself into thinking I wasn't a worthless collector who pretends to trade only to turn around and hoard things for himself.  No more, I say.  Today is the day to remedy the situation (or in the next few days, whichever comes first).

But, if any of you still read this here blog thingy, I need your help.  I am having some problems identifying some of these piles of cards.  Doesn't a step to admitting you have a problem involve listing your issues?  Shall I run down the list of what I found?  Sure, why not?  It might be therapeutic.

1. Two stacks of Dallas Cowboys
2. A pile of 2010-11 UD Victory Cards
3. A full 200-count box of Boston Red Sox cards
4. A stack of Toronto Blue Jays
5. A stack of Colorado Rockies
6. A pile of UD Champs hockey from last year
7. A mixed pile of ARod, Jeter, and those annoying Mickey Mantle Topps cards
8. Some various football related cards that make no sense and have no rhyme or reason
9. A pile of OPC Retro cards
10. A tin full of Tampa Bay Lightning cards
11. A mixed stack of 2010 Topps Series II baseball 
12. A mixed stack of 2010 Bowman Chrome from 2010 Bowman baseball



Now, I have already identified the rightful owners of 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10 (1, 2, & 5 should hit the PO tomorrow barring a natural disaster, death, or sudden onslaught of hyper-slothiness).  As for the rest, I am getting to them I swear.

So you are probably by now asking yourself, "Self?  How can I help this troubled blogger?"  That answer, my friends, is simple.  If you think I may have been holding on to either 4, 3, 6, 7, 11 or 12 for you, please let me know.  I try to keep everyone on a pending list until either I send their goodies or I receive something back just to keep score.  Sometimes, which this is obviously one of those times, I remove them prematurely.  I believe that #3 and #12 is in fact a collation of 2 possibly 3 different collectors. 

I am also failing to locate 3 other piles of stuff that I thought I was setting aside, wasn't sure if I sent out to people, but never crossed them off my "pending trade" list.  I believe all of the parties involved with those shenanigans on my part have received emails from me.

So in the best interest of the hobby, the spirit of trading, and my sanity, I am hereby ceasing all trading (not that anyone would notice since I suck at it anyway) until I can resolve these issues, refocus my collection, and reorganize a bit so I have an idea of what I have.  The blog isn't going anywhere, nor am I.  I just want to be fair to everyone I promised stuff to and haven't delivered.  God forbid my actions thus far cause me to begin to become misconstrued as a "fake" blogger and a front to something shady going on.  We wouldn't want that, now would we?

Ready?....Set?.....Start claiming your property!!

(PS. I have had 43 Pageviews (whatever that means) from Luxembourg.  I didn't know there were even 43 people in Luxembourg.  Neat.)

17 comments:

  1. I'm hoping for 1,2,6,9 in any combination.

    but then again, I'm probably not helping, am I?

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  2. No. No that doesn't help. However you will be pleased to know that you have a 25% chance of receiving one of those.

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  4. Hmm I might be #4, as well.

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  5. Tim, don't be so hard with you, from my experience you are one of the best trader I've ever met....and just for you to know, you owe me nothing......!!!!!!

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  6. I have a problem with putting stuff places and not being able to find it. Good luck figuring out the intended recipients of those cards!

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  7. I'm pretty sure the 2010-11 UD Victory cards are for me.

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  8. Timmy - You removed your post so I have nothing to say in response.

    Roy - I don't think so. I remember talking about Mets or Yankees or something like that but not Jays. Either way, if no one else that I can recall steps up, consider them yours since they are already pulled.

    Wicked - Again, I don't remember if we had something going or not but if nothing else jogs my feable brain, I'll oblige.

    Michel - You have obviously not met many traders. I appreciate the kind words though. I still think I have some of your lists lying around but I am pretty sure I've pillaged everything.

    PATP - At least I'm not alone.

    Sal - Already took care of those, they are in the mail.

    Anyone else care to comment?

    I also found some Dodgers stuff too but I know they aren't for Night Owl. Maybe GCRL? I don't know. This is frustration incarnate.

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  9. I'm assuming 10 might be mine...not that I see anyone else here clamoring for Lightning cards...

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  10. Yeah, 10 is yours, Justin. I just listed everything I found but I already knew that was yours, despite the thousands of requests, i mean hundreds of, i mean...you're right. No one wants the Lightning cards but you.

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  11. Does the Champ's stuff include any Presidents or Prime Minister minis?

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  12. Why yes, yes they do. I thought I already sent these to you. I guess we have our answer.

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  13. I can't remember if I sent you anything recently, but I am building the Historical Figures set from Champs, so maybe I'm the one. If not the one and you can't figure it out, maybe we can work something out.

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  14. I think I remember you and I started talking about a trade but somehow it fell apart. One of the two of us quit sending e-mails. So maybe you pulled the Red Sox for me before our comunication broke down.

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  15. Adam, I think you are right. And if that is the case, which I think it is, I will send them to you. You probably don't need any of them anymore but I'm sure you will appreciate them more than me.

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  16. i think we talked trade a while back - i have been pretty bad lately in keeping up - so that dodger stuff may well have been intended for me. i do have some pittsburgh stuff pulled aside for you, along with some 92 topps from your list and a bobby bo ttm auto that i think started our conversation.

    email me your address and i'll send the stuff out.

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