I was contacted a couple of days ago by a fellow card collector by the name of Stuart Brookes…
Stuart is a Twins fan and a Capricorn, and his interests include… (OK, I’ll stop there – I was just being a bit silly… About the Capricorn bit obviously, not about him being a Twins fan!! :))
He’s had the idea of starting up a network of collectors in the UK that can… Hold on! I’ll let the man himself explain from the email that he sent to me –
“As an avid long standing collector one thing that really dents my collecting capacity is postage costs. Maybe its something we have to live with as collectors of a sport played over the pond and being such a small market.
With limited suppliers such as the bay and check out my cards we end up paying a higher percentage for lower end cards. One idea that struck me was to find like minded collectors across the UK and set up a network where we could pool resources to purchase boxes from the US making it more affordable for average collectors.
With the bay, if someone was selling a mixed team lot for instance, if you knew a Cubs collector and a Twins collector you could split the lot and no one is bidding each other up.
I hope to have a website up and running in the near future but am happy to receive emails to get the ball rolling my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to get a website set up pretty quickly and in the future hope to get a UK version of check out my cards, not for profit making just to help fill peoples collections.”
Personally I think that this is a great idea and, with a bit of work on all our parts, is something that could work in all our favour.
Now, I know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I know that readership of this particular blog is still pretty small… But if there are any other blog owners reading this then please try and get the word out about what Stuart is trying to achieve and everyone feel free contact him on the email address that he’s provided!!
Alternatively, if anyone else in the UK has any suggestions on how to make something like this work then please get in touch as Stuart and I would love to hear from you!!
Cool… Right, now I’m off to watch the end of Cabin In The Woods!!