I've been doing this blog thing for so long that I've accumulated quite a list of trade partners. Most of the transactions aren't even really trades anymore. I just distribute cards whenever I have the time and then someone shoots something back.
I periodically come across new trade partners and I try to accommodate them, although I admit I'm not very good responding, mostly because life despises my hobby and won't let me keep up.
But when I'm about to transact with a new trader, there's always that concern on my end: what do I tell him that I collect? Yeah, I know you know what I collect. But it's different for a new trader. I collect Dodgers, but I also already have a ton of Dodgers cards, probably around 20,000 now. I also am trying to complete Topps sets from 1956 and 1973, but not everyone has those just lying around. And I love '70s oddballs, Kelloggs and Hostess in particular, but again, not everyone has those.
There are also various and random sets from the past I collect, which would be a good excuse to visit my want list. Except my want list is currently under construction (don't be disheartened, I am updating it regularly!)
So, what else? What else is something that I like that people might be able to send?
I've got something.
Specifically 1980s Fleer.
When you don't have anything you think I might want, throw some 1980s Fleer at me.
Not anything from 1989. God, no. Not that stuff. But, yeah, I'll take anything from 1981-88.
I've recently started putting what I have from the 1981 Fleer set in a binder so I can finally get a handle on what I need from that set. Someday you'll see a want list for 1981 Fleer.
And, I've already mentioned that I'm trying to complete '84 Fleer. The want list is up for that already.
I've mentioned a number of times that I enjoy 1982 Fleer, in all its blurry, hazy, poorly cropped glory. I've recently come around on '83 Fleer and '85 Fleer looks like fun, too. While 1986 Fleer is probably my least favorite outside of '89, 1987 and 1988 Fleer always appealed to me. (NOTE: Someone is already going to bomb me with '88 Fleer so wait until the dust settles).
In short, 1980s Fleer symbolizes all that was once good and right about card collecting. It's from that bygone era. I spend a lot of my time on Topps from that period and the oddballs, too. But Fleer was there, too, churning out cards.
They weren't perfect. They weren't shiny. But they were filled with players I followed and they came on sturdy cardboard and the packs contained stickers, dammit. We loved opening packs of Fleer.
So, yeah, throw some Fleer at me if you want. Even if I don't have a want list for it.
I'm your man.
Awesome Night Card Binder candidate: Alan Trammell, 1984 Fleer, #91
Does it make the binder?: Always room for Fleer.