Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Return Of The Trade Bait Draft?

This is what my "doubles box" looks like these days. It's somewhere around 50,000 cards, give or take a few. I had to stand on a chair to get this good of a picture of it. There's some decent stuff in it, too. See that block of '68s up top? That's a recent find. I've had a few good recent finds that were too affordable to pass up, even with me needing to save a bit as I get established in a new home.

So, of course, I could also use some dough.

Do you see where this is headed?

Back in the days of yore (or as the kids called it, 2013), I hosted three trade bait drafts on this site. Here's how it worked back then: for $20 shipped, each person who entered got to pick 20 cards from a huge list of cards (I think I had over 1000 cards listed in the last one), either live on Google Hangouts, or by pre-picking via email. These events were inspired by Spastik Mooss of The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame, who did a few of his own similar events.

Now, the cost of things has jumped a bit in the past few years, as we all know. In addition, I have more, and in some cases better stuff than I used to. So, I'm not sure whether 20 cards for $20 shipped still takes care of my needs, or whether I could keep things interesting for that price. It's possible that what wouldn't be interesting to me around that level would totally be interesting to someone else, but it's hard to say.

Also, because I've been sorta quiet the past year or so, I'm not sure if I've got enough of an audience to generate interest here, though I'd of course like to. 

So, I've got a few questions:

1. Did you guys have enough fun doing the Trade Bait Drafts, or reading about them, to have interest in doing another one?

2. If you are interested in one of these events, what's the sweet spot for you in terms of both entry price and number of cards?

3.What types of cards would you wanna see in this, if you were to enter? I've got all 4 major sports, some side sports, some non-sports. There's vintage, there's fairly new stuff, there's stuff in between. There isn't a lot of huge group breaky MOJO MOJO MOJO crap in my stash, but I've got some autos, some relics, some key rookies and so forth. I've got oddballs, flagship, and all points in between.

4. If the Trade Bait Draft format just doesn't work for you for whatever reason, are you all interested in a fairly massive card sale in this space, and if so, what kinda stuff should I list first?

All answers to these questions are helpful, though no, I really don't have much desire to deal with eBay, COMC, Beckett, etc. at the moment, as it's not as immediate, direct, or economical as selling stuff here would be, so those suggestions probably aren't gonna bear fruit, if you were thinking of making them.

Let me know how you folks wanna do this, and let's get started!


  1. I'm always interested in non-sport, oddballs, and the "hits". Don't get horribly excited about rookies or whatnot.

  2. I enjoyed the trade bait draft the last time. 20 bucks remains my speed, but I could be convinced pretty easily to go to 30 or 40 depending on the cards. As far as cards, you know me, I like vinty, food-issue oddballs and oh-so-shiny colors, usually of the insert/parallel variety.

  3. I probably couldn't participate in a live draft or even a non-live draft due to lack of free time. However... if you wanted to sell me a $20 mystery pack of Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, and/or San Francisco Giants (for my students... only recent players since my students have no idea who Jeff Kent is)... I'd be willing to help you out.

  4. Sure, I'll bite. I remember having fun with one of these before if I recall. $20-25 is still the type of price range I'm looking for when going in on a group break style type of thing. But the number of cards isn't so important, as long as it's not like 1 card or something. 10 cards? Sure, why not?

  5. Fuji: I'll see what I come up with while I'm pulling cards for the draft. By recent Giants, I'm guessing Sandoval is too far back (and also reviled), correct?

    madding and Owl: noted.

    "Admin" (sorry, can't see your profile and can't read your user icon): I will likely have a bunch of that stuff available (came across a bunch of non-sport recently...might not be great, but it's definitely there).

  6. I'd probably say Panda is the cutoff, since I'm sure at least a few of my students would recognize him.

  7. If you have runs of the same product, or common theme (team, product, type, etc.) you could do a set cost for a flat-rate box worth.
    Or list your quantities (30 of this, 140 of this, etc.) and set prices for the lots. Then have a draft for the lots. Cost may vary depending on what you pick out.
    Have a seperate single card draft for a set price.

  8. I've always enjoyed being a part of drafts, especially yours. It's harder now that I'm in Japan due to time especially. I know you need a break even point, but I like more cards, the better. But I'm also happy without getting any super-awesome stuff - you know my collection. But given my collection now, I'm basically looking for the hits (even cheap ones sometimes), rarer inserts/insert parallels, true oddballs and minor league singles for my type collection, and I still like picking up vintage Topps for eventual set building.

    I know this is a month late or so, but I haven't had steady internet and still pretty much don't, but I'm finally getting caught up on saved posts. I figured as a former participant I'd chime in.


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