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Why Geocaching Trading Cards?
Some people trade baseball or bubble gum cards, I collect cards featuring geocachers. As the creator of this new geo-craze and the owner of Facebook’s Geocache Trading Cards page, I’m hoping you might join in. I came up with the idea in 2008, having spent two years trying to decide on a signature item that I could place in geocaches and trade with other players on the trail or at events. My first signature item was a GeoLobo plastic token. These were fairly cheap to make, but didn’t have the WOW factor I was looking for. In 2007, my wife (Bluegirl) and I created a geocoin. These turned out to be really expensive and because of the price, we were reluctant to place them in geocaches or hand them out for free. The following year, I began toying with the idea of geo-cards and, after shopping around custom trading card vendors, realized these could be produced fairly cheaply. Bluegirl and I hail from Long Lake, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains, and created our first two professional, custom geocaching trading cards” in 2008 and have issued a new card every year since…a total of seven.
Other geocachers subsequently jumped on the bandwagon, designing their own versions – most using a “template-style” trading card (a card where everyone shares the same theme and background). Notable examples include those produced for the Going Coastal Mega, Louisiana Geocaching and more recently by FTF Geocacher magazine.
This year, I decided to produce a series of Geocaching History Trading Cards. I wanted the series to remain open for the future possibility of adding additional cards in the future and for filling in gaps in the timeline as I discover new significant historical events, places, people and things. The first 10 cards have been designed and printed, all at my cost! None of the original 10 card set has been released to the public, and will first be released to the contributers of this project, as rewards along with the cards created by the funding.
I also created the Facebook page for other geo-card fans to trade and show off their collections. I am trying to spread the word on geocaching trading cards in the hopes that more people create cards in the future. Hopefully these new highly collectable Geocaching History Series sets will help!
The Original Set!
So, through pledges here, what will the new cards be?
Ten new cards related to the history of geocaching. These can include "Firsts", such as the first event, the first virtual, etc., or, it can include the first geocacher to reach a certain milestone, the Travel Bug, Challenges, etc. The cards and their illustrations will be chosen from a committee made up from those who pledge on the higher end of the pledge spectrum. See the rewards for further info.
NOTE: No profit is made off from these cards. All monies go into creating future sets of cards. As I stated, I used my own monies to create the first set. The monies made from this project will be used to fund this set and so on. Any money that gos over the pojected requirement will be used to create future sets. Geocaching logos used with permission of Geocaching.com (Groundspeak, Inc.).
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