Yesterday I received a package from Tom. He is the New Members Coordinator at the OBC. He also has an amazing page or two with comparisons of all the ’62 green tints side by side. A must see for anyone who is trying to complete those! The OBC is an online trading community where they emphasize the importance of the community over book value and condition. I’m currently trying to become a member and I have no doubt I will make it once I complete a few more trades. Many of these guys will take a look at your wantlists and be more than happy to send you cards with nothing expected in return. Their main interest is anything vintage, and since I swore off anything new this year, I decided it would be a good fit for me. I’m having trouble making vintage trades within the blogosphere because it seems so many of the bloggers are concentrated on everything new. Even some of the ones who do collect vintage are sticklers for condition, which I don’t feel comfortable dealing with. I don’t want to send what I think is a great card in a trade only to find out they are less impressed with the condition it was in. Now I have found a few who are not, and have had great trades with them, but the problem there is once you make the trade, it’s hard to match up more trades without waiting for a while. It’s just not as easy to build a vintage pile of trade bait as it is with the modern stuff. I have decided to try to join a few online trading communities because I don’t have a shop nearby, I’ve bought all the ’62’s from the dealers at the local show, and the blogosphere seems to not have many ’62’s for trade. My first attempt is with the OBC. It has gone pretty good so far. I have sent off two packages and received one back. I have the feeling I’m going to get something back for the other one too, even though it was not necessary. The only bump in the road is the same one I’ve had with other online through the mail trades. People just don’t seem urgent to get back to you once you offer them cards. I have three emails sent waiting in limbo right now through the OBC, and I have two trades through the blogosphere that are hanging there also. I would complain more but I am just as guilty when it comes to this kind of stuff. Sometimes I completely forget trades until I get a reminder email asking if I’m still interested. So I guess I wait and see. On with the goods.
Tom sent me a nice sized pile of 1962 and 1975 Topps. He also sent me one of the ’69-’70 Topps Hockey cards I still need. I scanned the Jim Owens card above because it reminded me of my old driver’s ed. teacher. Not because he looks like him or anything but his name was Jim Owens. I actually was his teacher’s assistant because his free hour was right after lunch which gave me a two-hour break in the middle of the day. That, and he’d let me take the driver’s ed. car out for lunch just as long as I would bring him back a blizzard from DQ. Mind you that I was still in driver’s ed. and did not have a license. He always told me that I’d never get pulled over in a car with huge student driver sticker on the sides. He was right, it never happened!
If anybody’s out there who wants to make a vintage trade hit me up! I also owe Tom a big thanks for the trade and for the help with the OBC! A little brown-nosing never hurt no one, right?