Creating a new 10 card set of Custom Trading Cards related to the history of geocaching, from the year 2000 to present
NOTE: See UPDATES tab at the top of page, for latest updates and project progress!
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.).
Yes, they are printed and ready to go! Those who pledge on the lower end, are only getting the cards made from the funded project, and they haven;t been made yet. Those pledge on the higher end, are getting those already made, and those that are going to be made.
If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged. hence the term "pledge".
The projected finish date is in Septemeber 2012. There is 60 days to make the pledges. If the projected amount is reached before that, the project will start immediately, and therefore the projected delivery date can be adjusted to a much sooner date. The idea here is to get the project funded as soon as possible. Help do this by sharing the information via Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. Tell our your geocaching friends in you local geocaching forums, etc. - the more geocachers who are aware of the project, the better chance of it being succssfull.
There were enough cards made in the original set to fulfill all the pledge rewards. Any remainder cards from either set will be donated to to worldwide events as event prizes.
In each of the pledge reward descriptions there is talk about receiving random person cards, what are these?
As the story stated, I have been making geo-trading cards since 2008. For certain pledges, you may receive random cards from this list:
GeoLobo's 1000th Geocache 2009
Bluegirl's 1000th Geocache 2009
Blueline Geocachers 2010
Blueline Geocachers 2009
GeoLobo & Bluegirl get Married 2010
#1 - FTF Geocacher (GeoLobo)
Each card cost slighly over 100.00 to print and ship. A total of 10 cards is $1000.00+ dollars. Then there is a cost associated with each illustration (10 illustrations at ~ $30.00+ each) and the cost of shipping and handling for shipping the rewards to each contributor. That doesn't even take into account the 5% fee Kickstarter charges, and the 5% fee Amazon charges for accepting the payments.
Any additional funds generated from the project will be used to create additional cards, assuming there is enough to do so. For example: if the the amount of money generated is 200.00 over the goal, an additional card can be made in the set. So, instead of 10 cards, there will be 11. If 400.00 over the goal, then 2 cards, and so on.
These cards created in this new set will be chosen by those who contribute on the higher end of the pledges. If there is a majority wanting to create a card related to some cache, event, or person outside of the US, then it will be created!
We can't accept PayPal for Kickstarter funds, however, this is the method multiple other projects have recommended:
1. Get a Ukash voucher from their site (Ukash.com)
2.Follow the instructions there to get a Ukash NEO card, which can be used as a Mastercard on Amazon. (Please read the rules at their site first - we're obviously not affiliated.) Apparently you should add an extra $1 onto the card for Amazon's account processing system.
3. Pledge through Amazon with the Ukash NEO card the same way you would with a credit card.
There seem to be multiple explanations online on how to do this if you get stuck - hope that helps!