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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?

GeoLobo 2008
GeoLobo 2008

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.

#1 FTF Geocacher Trading Card
#1 FTF Geocacher Trading Card

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!

Selective Availability
Selective Availability
First Geo-Stash
First Geo-Stash
First Geocaching Web Page
First Geocaching Web Page
Jeremy Irish Launches Geocaching.com
Jeremy Irish Launches Geocaching.com
First Geocoin
First Geocoin
Signal the Frog
Signal the Frog
Geocaching Headquarters - "The Lily Pad"
Geocaching Headquarters - "The Lily Pad"
Celebrating 10 years!
Celebrating 10 years!
Bryan Roth
Bryan Roth
Elias Alvord
Elias Alvord

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.).

Original 10 Card set
Original 10 Card set

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    You will receive two random cards from the new set. This $2.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive five random cards from the new set. This $5.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive all ten cards from the new set. You will also receive 1 random personal card from my personal card series (see project FAQ). This $10.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive all ten cards from the new set. In addition, you will receive two identical random cards from the original 10 card set (one to keep and one to trade). You will also receive 2 random cards from my personal card series (see project FAQ). This $15.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive all ten cards from the new set. In addition, you will receive 2 sets of five random cards from the original 10 card set (one set to keep and set to trade). You will also receive 3 random cards from my personal card series (see project FAQ). As a bonus, you will be included in a list of people who wish to trade with others, and have access to this list. This $20.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive all ten cards from the new set. In addition, you will receive 2 sets of eight random cards from the original 10 card set (one set to keep and set to trade). You will also receive 4 random cards from my personal card series (see project FAQ). As a bonus, you will be included in a list of people who wish to trade with others, and have access to this list. This $25.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive all ten cards from the new set. In addition, you will receive 2 full complete sets of 10 cards from the original 10 card set (one set to keep and set to trade). You will also receive 5 random cards from my personal card series (see project FAQ). As a bonus, you will be included in a list of people who wish to trade with others, and have access to this list. You will also be included in the card design and graphic illustration selection process of this new 10 card set. This $30.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    You will receive 2 full complete sets of ten cards from the new set (one set to keep and set to trade). In addition, you will receive 2 full complete sets of 10 cards from the original 10 card set (one set to keep and set to trade). You will also receive 5 random cards from my personal card series (see project FAQ). As a bonus, you will be included in a list of people who wish to trade with others, and have access to this list. You will also be included in the card design and graphic illustration selection process of this new 10 card set. This $40.00 pledge will contribute towards the cost of creating the illustrations, printing the cards, and shipping and handling to all the contributors.

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    Everything in Reward #8! In addition, you get to create a card of your choosing. You and only you will decide what will be on the card. The only stipulation is that the card must be related to geocaching history and must follow the same theme. You will work with the current illustrator and myself to create your card. Your geonick will be on the card (Designed by ?). When the card is printed, you will receive 100 cards to distribute as you like.

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