What makes a good trading partner?
I use the word “trading” very loosely.
The first time I trade with someone, I generally ask, “What team do you like? I’ll send you a package full, and you can respond with Reds after you get it.” That initial trade sets the tone for our relationship. There are some that I have been “trading” with for close to a decade now. But they aren’t really trades after a while. Eventually, they become, “Hey, that’s something so-and-so would probably like,” or, “I saw so-and-so blog about needing that card.” The card is then purchased and packed and sent off without notice or expectation of anything in return. That’s the way I like to “trade.”
The guy who gets most of my Mariners cards is Steve of Tridents and Trading Cards. I have interacted with Steve quite a bit, mostly on Twitter (his handle is @cardboardjones), and he has sent me some really cool stuff through the years. His most recent mailing contained just two cards…but both were cards that I needed.
The first, up top, is a Joey Votto card that also features Aroldis Chapman and Brandon Phillips. All three repped the Redlegs at the 2013 All-Star Game in New York. I liked the card the first time I saw it, but haven’t seen it cheap enough to actually buy (because card shops price their Reds cards WAY too high around here). I received the emerald parallel last week, and it was quickly followed by the base version. It’s awesome to finally have it in my collection, even if 2/3 of the guys on the cards no longer wear the Cincinnati uniform.
The second card is a 2017 purple parallel Scott Schebler.
I rarely buy cards at Toys R Us, so I have very few purple parallel cards. All of my purple Reds have come from other collectors. And I appreciate them. I do not put parallels on my wantlist, nor do I chase them, but I do want them. I only add them after they are received, then cross them out. The only time I really consider purchasing a parallel is if the price is sooooo low I simply can’t pass it up. Which, in Cincinnati, never happens. So I am very grateful to add this card to my collection.
Back to the question, what makes a good trading partner? To me, a good trading partner is one who drops cards in the mail just because, or who picks up stuff at shows or antique malls or card shops that others will appreciate, with no expectation of a return package. Which isn’t really trading at all, is it?
Thanks for being a good “trading” partner, Steve!