Ok first off... I have a very important question.
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO STILL HASN'T GOTTEN SOMETHING FROM ME IN A TRADE WE COMPLETED
I still haven't sent Jack Plumstead's cards, but I found something for him just yesterday so that's ok. Don Wood's cards are in the mail. Thorzul's Timelines are in the mail. I still haven't sent out White Sox Cards' contest winnings from a couple of months ago, but I'm glad because the last packge I sent was killed by the post office. I also need to send out the winnings from the Tony Gwynn contest.
If anyone else out there is sitting by your mailbox in the freezing cold waiting for their cards from me in the trade you sent off two months ago, call me out on it. Sorry, I fucked up. Your cards are probably in the box of still unsent Xmas giveaway piles. E-mail me a reminder, preferably with well placed profanity and tell me to send that stuff on Monday.
This past month has been pretty difficult, and I've gotten completely unorganized instead of the mostly unorganized I usually am. This was the first day in over a month I had absolutely no responsibilities, so I took a sleep aid. I woke up at 7:45. Not AM. It's been that kind of month. Anyway, it's a new year, things are finally less hectic and it's time to get my act together.
I've had a few different ways of handling trades before, and none of them worked. I tried flagging the e-mail offers, I still lost the e-mails. I tried writing everything down in a notebook, I misplaced the notebook. I tried remembering them all in my steel trap mind... well, let's just move on. Here's how I'll be handling trades from now on.
I've set up a trade page HERE. It is also linked down by my wantlists. The instructions are on the page. To summarize, if you want to trade, leave a comment on that post and e-mail me. I'll look it over and e-mail you back. If I've accepted the trade I'll post it up on that page along with the status of the trade. If there isn't a post on that page, then there is no trade. Simple enough? I hope so.
Also, I'm going to update the wantlist page this weekend. If you want yours on there, let me know.
The second half to this trade organization is to get all my doubles together. I have all my retro doubles from Heritage, A&G and Goudey more or less together. The next part I'm going to work on is the '80s Topps doubles. I have enough of 'em to build a house of cards the size of the Taj Mahal, so it's time to get them together enough to distribute them to people who could use them. Just about every wantlist I see includes at least one set from the '80s so that's a good place to start. Once I've gotten them together I'll post what sets I have for trade on my Trade Bait page. The Completed Trade and Trade Bait pages aren't actually together yet, but they'll eventually be linked over with the want lists.
Hopefully I'll be better about all this in 2009. I'll give it my best shot anyway!