About a week ago, I stumbled across Doc’s Baseball Card Recollections blog. He actually had some pretty cool puzzles on his site (something he is currently trying to work into a book), but what struck me was this link:
DONATE YOUR UNWANTED CARDS
Curiosity got the best of me and I clicked to another blog that he is working on. His idea is simple, donate your unwanted cards to children’s hospitals or orphanages. This idea hit home for me as I have been racking my brain to figure out what can be done with bad wax cards, or even good wax cards. I want to dedicate a post a week to this cause.
This is the kick off post (at least on this blog). I want to throw this idea out to all my fellow bloggers and non bloggers. I want you to post about this on your blog. Use the graphic below to promote it. Here is a set of guidelines as originally written by Doc:
Suggestions on How to Package Donated Cards
- Divide your cards into lots of 50.
- Make sure there are no doubles in each lot.
- Provide as much brand and year variety as possible (There is nothing wrong with Bad Wax Era cards, so donate them!).
- Try to include a few star players or HOFers if possible.
- Seal the cards in plastic bags.
- Place the lot bags into a cardboard box or plastic tub for the charitable organization to keep on site. Include your name and contact info on the box/tub, so the organization can contact you if they need more cards.
- Consider the market in which you are donating. If the southern Florida area, try to include local teams (e.g., Marlins, Heat, Dolphins, Panthers, etc.).
- No questionable/objectionable cards (e.g., Juicy Honey, Olivia, Garbage Pail Kids, etc., and please no 89 Fleer Billy Ripkens!).
- Place the 1,000,000 Cards for Kids information card in each 50 card lot or as a sticker on the lot plastic bag.
If you are going to stick the information card onto or in the plastic bag, please email me for a template that holds 9 cards on one 8 ½ by 11-inch page. For sticker labels, you can find reasonably priced full sheet labels on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QT4VA4), or your local office supply store. The Amazon link has 100 pages for around $12. That’s 900 labels you could make for up to 45,000 cards to donate!
Thank you for considering donating your unwanted cards, and please spread the word! There are a lot of us in this trading card blogosphere and we could put smiles on a lot of faces.
What’s In it for me?
- Possibly introduce children to the hobby.
- Helping out less fortunate children.
- Feel good about yourself knowing you made one child’s day.
- Get rid of your bad wax and base cards that are just collecting dust anyways
- Tax deduction (fair market price can be used for itemized deductions), maybe CPA Dave could help us out on that one?
- Counts towards Toys for Tots.
- Every week (Wednesdays) I am going to be posting pictures and emails submitted by users.
- Get your name and or your blog put on the Wall of Fame, different levels for more participation (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond).
- I am going to start talking to the card companies to try and get donations for local children’s hospitals and orphanages. Also possibly get donations to give away to participants.
- As the Holiday Season approaches, this will light up the eyes of the less fortunate children.
- The floor is open if you have suggestions, let’s get it out there!
- Pledge your participation in a comment below or on your blog or both.
- 1 million cards donated.
- A continued participation year after year.
- Bring the blogging community together for a great cause.
- Use this to teach your children the importance of giving to the less fortunate.
Please feel free to come up with another graphic. I kind of put something together quickly. If you use the link for the picture I will update the graphic often.