I feel myself finally succumbing to trading on TCDB. It'll probably happen. Sometime in 2023. The thought of recording all my trade bait/dupes on there is not appealing and is keeping me stalling, but if that doesn't become an impossible obstacle, I'll get with the times.
I still like the idea of blog-to-blog trades better. And I'll still try to continue to make those happen until there's no one on the other end.
I just completed one small one and am in the middle of another one.
The completed deal -- and keep in mind this is a very casual "I'll send you some cards sometime, you send me some another time" deal that is very much the hallmark of the card blogs -- was between my blog and The Collective Mind.
These cards carry all kinds of old-fashioned blog trade "tells" with them. For example, consulting my blog want lists, I don't know how much they're checked these days.
This card comes off my 1995 Topps Archives want list. The '54 Gil Hodges, and yes I do have an actual '54 Hodges already, cuts down my list on this monstrous set to the final three. You'll probably see them on the Nebulous 9 soon, another old-fashioned type blog want list.
That's where this 2022 card resided until The Collective Mind plucked it off that Nebulous 9. It's crazy that it took so long to land this card, it's as common as possible, a mere Series 1 leaders card.
What's more fun than Branch Rickey cards from his playing days? I love the look of the 2003 Legendary Cuts set -- the name's stupid but the cards are snazzy.
I might have this Kershaw Optic parallel already. I get confused by Panini's parallel names and 8,000 varieties and there's no hope of listing that on the blog want list. TCDB is better for that but even then I can't pinpoint the parallel names sometimes.
Greg added these two cards after he discovered he had mistakenly acquired duplicates. A quick look at at my wants told him the Ron Fairly is one of the few remaining 1963 Posts I needed! Of course there's no want list up for 1971 Topps Football Game cards but somehow he knew!
So that's how a nice, smallish blog-to-blog trade is supposed to work and has worked for all these years.
Now on to the blog trade still in progress, meaning I haven't sent my part yet.
Tom From The Angels In Order is trying to drum up some mail and offered some trade bait. I came along a little late but managed to find a few items.
I always feel I need to add more Ted Williams cards to remember my dad. I'm a little selective about them because there are so many. Pacific is a good one because I'll take any card from that set. The Upper Deck Baseball Heroes cards are super common but I have a soft spot for them.
Another Red Sock. This is for the stockpile, hopefully a future blog-to-blog trade. But it could eventually be part of my TCDB bait. Another reason I'm hesitant in that area is I don't have a lot of extra cards that are not Dodgers, especially since that giveaway back in the spring.
A card from the large 1985 Renata Galasso Pete Rose set. I was not aware of this set when it was released and the cards are very unfamiliar to me.
I like the back. That sounds like Pete.
A simple '90s Leaf card of Dominik Hasek that I somehow didn't have yet.
And that's it.
Nothing there that's probably worth sharing or retweeting or liking or all those other social media acts of approval. But these deals warm my heart in a way that more calculated transactions do not.