I'm officially removing myself from the Super Trader's group. The group itself is an awesome idea and I really enjoyed swapping cardboard with fellow collectors. Unfortunately there are a few things that prevent me from being a committed member.
My quality trade bait inventory is almost entirely depleted. A few years ago, I picked up a few collections at the flea market... which gave me some solid inventory. Most of that inventory has now been sent or handed out and I have no immediate plans to restock.
This is going to sound selfish... but it's important to keep things real. Time is valuable. And I'm not exactly sure what the deal is... but there really aren't enough hours in the day for me to do everything that needs to be done. And although I enjoy and can find time to build trade packages... driving down to the post office and standing in long lines aren't high on the priority list.
I used to do this at least once a week. Then... I scaled things back and was going to the post office once or twice a month. These days... I only go once every two to three months.
It's important to make commitments in life. It keeps me "honest" and focused. But when it comes to trade packages, it can often become overbearing.
People who have traded with me in the past can tell you that it often takes me weeks (let's keep it real... months) to hold my end of the bargain. That's totally not cool. I feel bad. Eventually the number of packages I owe start adding up... along with the stress.
When I'm finally able to... I'll build the packages, ship them out, and it's like the greatest weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
I'm not sure if this kind of "commitment" is healthy for me at this particular point in my life.
So "where do we go from here" (Alan Parsons Project, anyone)? Well...
#1: Secret Santa
I'm excited to be participating in this year's Secret Santa event. It actually felt really good to go out and shop for my person. Hopefully they'll enjoy the items I picked out. I'll be shipping out their package next week, so it'll arrive sometime during the week before Christmas.
#2: Future Care Packages
I will continue to pick up cards for specific bloggers' collections and build "care packages"... with no strings attached. So if you receive anything from me... understand that it's a gift... not another trade commitment.
#3: Future Blogger Trades
I haven't actively traded specific cards for other specific cards in years... and honestly have no plans on starting anytime soon. My trade lists are outdated and inaccurate. Will I ever update them? Probably. In fact, I have another blog set aside for writing about individual cards available for trade. But for now... I'm not looking to create any new trades.
I'll wrap things up with this message:
I love this hobby. I love collecting sports cards. I love writing posts and reading your responses. I love reading your blog posts and leaving comments.
But at this junction in my life... I'm just not fit to be a member of the totally awesome Super Traders group.
Happy holidays... happy Tuesday... and sayonara!