This isn't a post about a trade I made with another blogger or reader. It's about ALL the trades I've made with bloggers or readers.
Yesterday, Night Owl had a post titled "Cards from Normal Traders" about trading that struck a nerve with me. It took me back to one of my very first posts in October of '09. My post, "What Ruined Card Trading for Me", told the basic story of an 11 year old and his friends trading cards for the sake of trading and fun. It was fun. We got together nearly every weekend to trade cards. Until someone brought a Beckett Price Guide into the mix. That ruined everything for us. Every trade from that point forward was a chore and it took all the fun out of trading. It was kind of like going to a card show or LCS now and having the dealer pull out his dog-eared Beckett after every question you ask.
Fast forward 30 years (in my case) and I've come full circle. I love trading again. Most bloggers don't really care about what Beckett says and don't let it impact trades. I haven't bought or looked at a Beckett in years and really don't care what the value of the cards is in relation to my overall net worth. Would it matter if I pulled one of those $15,000 Super-fractors? Sure, only long enough for me to sell it. Otherwise, I don't really care. I send trade packages without thinking about the value of what I'm getting in return. If it's something I want or need, then that's good enough to me.
I almost always try to over-deliver on my trade packages. I want the person on the receiving end of my packages to be more than happy to have traded with me. More importantly, I want to see them get some joy out of cards that I would leave sitting in a box in the back of the closet.
So, thanks to all of you who have traded with me in the past and I look forward to many more trades in the future.