Ever since I started this blog, I would occasionally get people posting comments that were essentially ads for cards they were selling. Since I kind of viewed that as a sort of spam, I started moderating the comments (well, that was one of the reasons I started but it was also because of the real spam) and rejecting most of these comments. But the more I've been thinking about it lately, the more I think that was a mistake.
One of the reasons that I started this blog was to reach out to collectors of Japanese baseball cards living in the States. What better end could this blog serve than to give those collectors a spot to connect and buy/sell/trade cards among themselves?
So here's what I'm proposing: once a month, I will publish a "swapmeet" post. If you've got something you want to sell or trade or there's something that you're looking for, add a comment to that post stating what you've got, what you're looking for and how to contact you.
Some simple rules:
1. Only Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese cards
2. I will accept no responsibility for anyone else's behavior. I'm not planning on rating buyers and sellers or banning anyone from posting. There's a whole other site out there that does that better than I ever will.
3. Only leave these comments on the swapmeet posts.
This might be stupid idea. This might be a great idea. I don't know, but I figure it's worth trying. Hopefully, I won't make too many people angry. We can modify things as we go or just abandon the whole thing if it's not working. And I'm open to any suggestions that anyone has.
Anyway, I'll list what I'm looking for and what I've got to trade and sell:
I'm looking for a few cards from the 1995-2000 regular BBM sets. I need a bunch of cards for the 2003-06 BBM 1st Version sets and the 2005 BBM 2nd Version set. I need a handful of cards from the 2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 set. I need the Ochiai and Kazuo Matsui Century Best 9 inserts from the 2001 BBM Preview set.
I'd also like to find the 2002 BBM Japanese National Team box set.
What I've got for sale or trade:
I'm kind of disorganized at the moment on what I've got sitting here in my office. (I've been trying to find some 1993 Tomy cards for a couple weeks for someone.) I have singles available for the BBM regular sets from 1992-2001, 1st Version sets from 2002-2006 and 2nd Version sets from 2002-2005. I also have a lot of singles available from the 2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 set, the 2006 BBM Dragons 70th Anniversary set and a couple of team sets from 2003-2006. I have some Calbee cards from the 1970's and 1980's and a handful of Yamakatsu cards from the late 70's. Oh, yeah, and somewhere I've got some 1993 Tomy cards!
I can be reached at email@example.com.
I'm going to publish two comments here that I've been holding in limbo for a month or so. I apologize to the original posters, but it's taken me a while to decide what I wanted to do.