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    #1

    A Few Helpful Hints. Please Read!

    I thought I'd post a few helpful posting tips for our newer members. (And some of our older members!) Hopefully, everybody will read this.

    1) If you're responding to somebody's wantlist, and you're listing all the cards of a player you have for trade, list them in order by year. For instance:

    1996 Topps #123
    1997 Topps #456
    1998 Topps #789

    Instead of:

    1998 Topps
    1942 Topps
    2003 Topps
    1995 Topps

    Many of the Bench members have checklists made out of the players they collect, and it's a lot easier and quicker to go through a list of cards to see what's needed, if you are able to go in order, instead of having to jump around your checklist.

    2) Please give cards numbers when listing cards. For example, I collect Barry Sanders, but in the early 1990's, most of the card companies have multiple cards of Sanders in their sets. To say you have a 1991 Score Barry Sanders is fine, but he's got 3 cards in that set. Which one do you have? You need to list card numbers with the year and set.

    3) If at all possible, give all pertinant information in your posts. If a card is serial-numbered, at least say it's #/2500 (or whatever). Give the actual serial-numbering if possible. The same goes for jersey swatch colors on your game-used cards. While it's not always overly important, I see numerous posts asking "what color's the jersey?". The more information you can give, the easier it is to make a trade.

    4) If you're contacting somebody about a card you've got for trade, check out their tradelists and have a general idea of what you'd like in return. It's great to find out you have a Nomar Garciaparra card I want, but let me know what you're interested in from my tradelist, because that'll be my reply to you. "Great! What would you like from my tradelists in return?" It saves time, and makes it easier.

    5) Combine your posts into one post! In order to save space, and not clutter up the boards, we ask that you post all your wantlists or tradelists in one big post. Please don't post individual posts asking for each player you collect, or offering up cards of individual players.
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    I agree completely!
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    #3

    Well said...

    Hoosier has stated some excellent rules... I would just add this:

    1. Please properly protect your cards before you ship your items. They need to be shiped in say penny sleeves in a top-loader or sleeved and bound between some firm cardboard or in a plastic box or something.

    2. DO NOT SHIP LOOSELY. I have received two packages lately that had absolutly nothing to protect the cards. The seller just put them in an envelope as is and shipped them. This is a huge no-no....

    3. When in the toploader, put a piece of tape on the top end to keep the card inside. They tend to slide out if given the opportunity and this kiils the protection that was intended.

    4. Pack them as you would want to receive your cards. The old Golden Rule...Ship unto others as you would have them ship unto you...


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    #4
    Also, a good descriptive title of your post is important to achieve the most productive response.

    Try to avoid vague titles such as:
    • "Need These Baseball Cards"
      "I Need These Bad!!!!"
      "Looking for..."
      "Wantlist"
      "new player wants......please look."
      "Looking for"
      "Wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


    Titles such as the ones listed below make searching through the "Wants" message boards so much quicker and productive!

    • "Looking for Baldelli, Kearns and Dunn"
      "Player wanted: Jack Cust"
      "Looking for Brett Myers"
      "Want these 2002 Topps Total"
      "wanted::: I need these 1990 leaf and 1992 bowman baseball"
      "wanted david weathers"
      "WTTF Bonds inserts and base cards"
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    #5

    yeah

    listen to the big man on campus lol

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    thank for suggestion from kinda newie

    thank for idea. i glad your wrote.carol

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    #7
    I'll be a "pro" in no time by listening to you all and the excellant advice given 8-)

    Thanks Guys!!!

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    #8

    Smile

    I like BenchTraders golden Rule.lol.


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    #9

    please know what you are offering to trade

    Also Please add card numbers and years when offering card to trade
    Like:
    1995 Topps Chipper Jones #7
    not:
    1995 Topps Chipper Jones

    That would be so helpful in looking up cards to see if we need it.
    also if a card is from the base set, don't say
    1995 Topps World Series Chipper Jones #320
    when it is just a regular base card #320
    I have so many dupes because some people leads you to believe that a card is from a special set.

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    #10
    Very good sugestions so far....
    As far as shipping the cards out its not hard(And this seems to be where most trades go bad)
    1- put the card in a penny sleave
    2-insert in toploader
    3- insert all in teambag and seal
    4-wrap in an old used bubble mailer (makes the package thick eough for a DC#)
    5-put in a bubble mailer.... not a white envelope!
    6- at Post office get a DC#(A must for me) And send when you say you are going to send. We all understand stuff does happen, so keep th other person updated. Dont leave them in th dark...
    7-Email the other person the DC#
    These are the rules I go by and expect the same in return....
    I almost sound like I have done this once or twice before huh?
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    #11
    CrazyTrain

    Actually on your #4 you don't have to do that anymore as the post office has lowered the thickness for a dc# to a 1/4" but still a good idea and it does give it extra protection.

    One thing i do on all trades which has nothing to do with shipping is i write down all trades on a index card with bench user name and trade # with there address and what both the trader and myself are getting. When the cards come in i can pull the index card and go straight to TM and post that i have recieved, i also keep the index cards so i have the address of the traders of all the trades i have made.
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    #12
    Quote Originally Posted by dlackey
    CrazyTrain

    Actually on your #4 you don't have to do that anymore as the post office has lowered the thickness for a dc# to a 1/4" but still a good idea and it does give it extra protection.

    One thing i do on all trades which has nothing to do with shipping is i write down all trades on a index card with bench user name and trade # with there address and what both the trader and myself are getting. When the cards come in i can pull the index card and go straight to TM and post that i have recieved, i also keep the index cards so i have the address of the traders of all the trades i have made.
    I write the Trade ID on the bubble mailer next to the return addy.
    Legacy


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    #13
    dlackey,
    I didnt know that.... but I think I will stick with my way. What else would you do with them besides throw them away?
    I always keep all transactions via email. That way I can thrack them down if something goes bad
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    #14
    It certainly can't help with the double wrapping and good idea on keeping the emails also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlackey
    It certainly can't help with the double wrapping and good idea on keeping the emails also.
    Im guessing you meant hurt , not "help" lol
    I'm Chuck by the way. I hate people calling me Crazy(not you)...... I want to change my user name but I cant find out how.
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