Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Super Trader Commandments & Trade Package

I guess there's twenty-seven of us, but I don't think there any guidelines or rules that have been set forth. I still imagine Wes walking down a mountain carrying a stack of clay tablets which will forever be immortalized as the Super Trader Commandments.
 I'm just going to live by the following until someone tells me I'm going about it all wrong:

1. Send cards when you can.  We're part of this group because we have a reputation for not blowing off our trade partners. Life gets in the way. Some of us never have local card shows or an LCS. If you send me cards in February, I may not have anything for a couple of months to send your way, but I will send something back. I'm good for it, and I know you are, too.

2. Don't worry about the condition of the cards. I like vintage. Vintage with creases, holes, paper loss, fuzzy corners, and ink pen on it is even BETTER!  I'm sure there are others out there who are of the same ilk. (If not, I'm sorry for any fuzzy cornered cards I might sent you in the future.)
3. Don't worry about duplicates. I like cards. When I get duplicates of cards I send them to another Cubs blogger or find a project or two to use the cards. (If you don't want duplicates, then tough, because you're going to get some when twenty-six other bloggers have your address. Box up you superfluous cardboard and take them to your local children's home.)
These guys played in Peoria!
4. Don't worry about book value. I get it, some people are in it for the money, but I don't think any Super Traders would list that as their number one modus operandi.  I collect because it lets me momentarily forget the stresses of adulthood and it gives me a passageway to my childhood. I can't think of one blog whose sole purpose is to make a buck.

5. Don't break the bank. The thought of the postage costs are making me pump the breaks on me joining the Super Traders all by itself.  Send what you can within reason.  I can find a good deal on cards and I think it's something others don't have or may like then I'm snagging it.

6. Not all trade packages are created equal. We all have our favorite trading partners and you'll treat them better than what you'll treat me. I'm cool with that and I wouldn't expect any different.

7. Blog. Show off the cards! There are two ways I know how to show someone I appreciated their time and effort when sending cards: 1. send a nice return package and 2. write a blog post.  I like seeing cards I used to own around the blogosphere cardsphere knowing that I potentially made someone's day a little better. I'm sure many of you feel the same.
Boom!  A Kid K relic!

8. Have fun!  It's a hobby and it should be fun!

Eight. That's all I could come up. Feel free to add your own in the comment below.

I'd like to thank the brains behind the Super Traders group, JBF, for sending me my first official Super Traders package (pictured above).

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. #supertraders
    I think Tom has done a perfect job of laying things out. With this group I don't think a lot of rules will be necessary. Let's just all have fun with it!

  2. Sounds good to me. Just got back from an extended vaca. Going to work on getting some packages together for some new trade partners. As well as the old ones

  3. I always get worried about people talking about rules with anything....because I always feel compelled to follow rules, generally.

    That said, I think these rules -- emphasizing fairness and interaction -- are all we need. Well said, Tom! #SuperTraders

  4. Hear, hear! I definitely agree with this. Personally, I'm not in a position to break boxes , buy high end cards, or send packages out every month but I'll always try to contribute with something when I can. I started preliminary sorting last night and hope to have some PWEs and small bubble mailers out towards mid to late March. The main rule should always be to have fun, because that's what this crazy hobby is about anyway!

    1. I've been sorting for a week now and it's been a blast. I should have been done a long time ago, but there's no hurry and I'm enjoying the process.

  5. Great set of commandments! I will continue to trade with all my pals outside of the group as well. Looking forward to new relationships too. BTW, the Wilkins Stadium Rocks!!! I love action shots at the plate - and there's a pretty little Astro uni there too!

  6. It's all good. And it's all fun. Excited about another year of trading and posting.

  7. Agreed on all points. Great advice to live by as a super trader!