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    The Bench turns 10!

    10 years ago today is when the lights turned on and The Bench opened it's virtual doors.

    For the Hobby a lot has happened in 10 years, both in real life and the hobby we love.
    The hobby has had it's ups and downs during this time. We have card companies like
    Fleer no longer in the picture and a hobby giant Upper Deck falling from grace. Panini
    emerging as a big player and some small start ups In The Game trying to make a name
    for themselves. In the end the collector will make his own decisions on where to take
    his hobby be it set collector or player collector etc.. And that's what is great about
    the hobby 100 members can have 100 different types of collections.

    My set collection wouldn't be where it is without the help of you guys and gals. Not many
    shops carry singles to complete sets anymore and shows are a dying breed. The online
    communities is what's keeping the set collectors going. Without them we would be spending
    a lot more money opening packs to finish our sets. 700+ trades and too many ebay transactions
    later, I have no regrets.

    For me I have gone from a single (in a relationship) guy, to a married man and now
    I have a kid of my own. WHAT WAS I THINKING! Who am I kidding having a family is
    great and watching my little one grow up and mold her into a mini me is a joy.

    Not everyone has been here since the beginning and that's ok. But share your story
    from where you were on day one of joining the site and where you are today.

    Stop in the Chat Room say hello. I'll be logged into it all day, but might not be in front of
    the monitor the whole time.

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    A little over 9 years ago, I was a small shop owner who also worked a full time job, officiated and coached High School sports and was raising my last daughter . My older two kids were on their own pretty much and I had a young grandaughter who was the light of our lives.
    Randy Martin (Fatboycards) and I had become acquainted while doing some Ebay transactions and he called me at my shop one afternoon and told me about this great new site he had joined with some great guys who were all about the hobby.
    I didnt think I would have time to do anything more than I was doing at the time but I took a look, and after a couple of false starts I was hooked. Randy has of course since passed on but I owe him big for getting me involved with this great site.
    I have made many friends while here and of course some fantastic trades. I have slowed way down on trading since I sold my shop a few years ago but I check in here many times during the day and night.
    I have now got 5 grandkids who are all awesome. I am moving closer to the day I can retire from my real job but I cant imagine not having the Bench to come to every day.
    Thanks to Peter of course but to all the others who have made this such a great place to hang my hat. Mark Wing had a huge hand in making the technology work in the earlier days. And all the Mods who have worked so hard to make this a safe and enjoyable trading place will never receive enough thanks for all the time they have put in.
    Look forward to many more years "sitting on the Bench". Thanks again Peter, Pat
    Troy Polamalu and Bob, SandersAlways looking for ;Clemente, Stargell, Maz, and van Slyke. Looking for autos of old timers, Football looking for HOF and steelers. thanks a lot Pat

    BSL Owner of the Colorado Rockies
    2007 and 2020 BSL Champions
    2009,2010,2018,2021 , 2023 NL West Division Champs 2024 Wild Card

    RIP Randy, a great friend!

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    In Late 2001, after not having collected cards sine late 1994, I picked up my collection from my parents house, Was living with my (at the time) girlfriend (now my wife) Bought a few things here and there from 02- early 05 and that's when the collecting bug hit me again. with no focus in mind I realized I had not checked the interwebz to see if there were trading communities out there. The first site I came across was Sports card fun, joined up, made some deals for set cards and Cubs cards and was generally enjoying it even though I didn't much care for the format of their site. A member there...pretty sure it was GaryG told me to check this site, The Bench. I joined in October 2005. Decided I needed a direction and chose to player collect my childhood favorite player Greg Maddux. In less than 59 days I had made 100+ trades and over a 1000 posts. I believe less than a year after that I was invited to join the Mod team. All in all I have loved every second of time I have spent on The BEnch whether I was just trading, chatting, modding, or whatever. It is a great place to stay involved with the pieces of cardboard I love so much.

    It all wouldn't be possible without Pete, so a huge thank you there, and Thanks to everyone who has traded with me over the years. I have formed some amazing friendships with people I have never met face to face, and I wouldn't have even half of the Maddux cards I own without this great community.

    I always find myself checking out my top trders list around the Bench Anniversary

    Loyalty32: 25 - Craig has been one of the most consistant Bench members I have dealt with over the years, and when he decided to move his Dawson collection I was extremely happy to see him continue to b einvolved in the hobby and the site.

    premium1981: 24 - Steffan, what a great guy, not around much anymore, but he stops by to check in from time to time, when I first started collecting Maddux, Steffan sold me a massive lot of over 400 Maddux cards I needed for an amazing price, and between him and Legacy(Lloyd) I accumulated nearly 1000 Maddux cards.

    rooster1: 20 - Doug is one of the best out there, when I was actively buying new product Doug and I would have stacks of Griffeys and Maddux built up every few weeks to trade to each other. I cant think of another trader who actively searched out Maddux cards for me

    dlackey: 19 - WHat can you really say about Dennis other than he is simply Amazing, Easily one of The Benches most prolific contributers

    Meliah: 18 - Colin....(cough) I mean Matt, This guy is just a jerk, everyone should avoid him like the Plague

    PitofSteel: 17 - Chris, See my above statement about MEliah, it also pertains to Chris!

    7timecy: 17 - Dewayne isnt around much anymore, But I had a very similar trading set up with him, as I did with Rooster1 above, we always built up stacks of cards for each others needs and the 17 trades Ihave with him, could have easily been around 50 trades if we had broken them down

    theguru14: 14 - Back when Steven was collecting BErnie Williams and Dan MArino, it was always a joy to make deals with him

    zlw1: 13 - I have picked up some amazing cards from Zak over the years, and he has been one of the best traders on the site for years

    dragonslayer913: 12 - David, again, is a class act, like all of those above and many more not mentioned...

    All in all, people come and go, but The BEnch Remains The best trading card forum on the internet hands down.
    Last edited by slavlite; 09-30-2012 at 11:15 AM.
    Maddux Numbers: 3618/10942 different Beckett Recognized cards33.6%GU-480 AU-28 1/1 - 39
    Maddux Master Needlist - Need anything listed

    GU FT
    If you have Greg Maddux Topps Moments and Milestones FT, PLMK still need a bunch from 07 and 08 Base, Black, and Blue, and of course Red.

    BSL Chicago Cubs Owner

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    Happy Birthday to the Bench! I remember when I first joined when the bench was 5-6 months old. My collection has grown extensively because of this site. Over the years a lot has changed and I am not quite as active with trading, but I check The Bench every day. Thanks for making such a great site Pete.
    Co-Owner of J and K Stuff
    Check us out! Free Stuff with every order! No Sales Tax! We have supplies! We special order!

    Looking for Albert Pujols & Roger Maris.

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    At the time before i joined the Bench i was on the verge of unloading my collection on Ebay and was contacted by JamesNevans and he asked if i traded that he was interested in the lot of '93-94 Stadium Club First Day Issue Basketball i had listed..i had some un completed set one was a 1972 Topps Football set and James had some of my wants so we agreed on a trade..I joined the Bench on 12/24/2004 and have made 3030 trades 3rd all time..Thanks to Pete for an awesome site and to all the Mods for making it a very safe site to trade on..maybe one day i can get off the bench and get into the starting line up

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    A few weeks after The Bench initially launched 10 years ago I joined and immediately found my card trading "home". James Nevans and I quickly hooked up for what I still believe to be my largest trade involving quality vintage baseball cards.

    Within a few months I hit the trading Hall of Fame and shortly thereafter was welcomed onto the MOD team. There, I spent the next 6 years or so assisting Peter and the gang with various MOD duties.

    Although I no longer actively collect sports cards, I find myself regularly lurking around the site, as well as staying in touch via Facebook with many BENCH friends that I've traded with over the years.

    Congratulations to Peter Azevedo and the entire BENCH online community!

    Bob Torba, Jr. - Bench HOF Member #8
    Facebook profile | Twitter: @bobtorba7

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    10 years ago...I was on the Beckett Message Board. I did very little trading, buying or selling their as it was not safe and there was no trading manager! Moved here when the Beckett Message Board changed their system on Feb 5, 2007 and have called this place Home for the last 5 years!! Loved working on the YSL set and special Saturday contests for the last 4 years!! Made many friends here and I'm looking forward to many more years on The Bench! Best regards, David
    In Memory of Our friend and Bench moderator Randy Martin Aka fatboycards 1963 to 2011. Sat contest for Ronald Acuna Jr. auto 068/199 2019 Topps Museum Archival auto has been posted!

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    Congratulations on 10 years, and thank you for all of the work so many people have put in to this site. Please stay open another 25 years so I can trade to complete my Topps Heritage set in the design of 1988 Topps.

    Collecting: Trent Dilfer, Oakland A's, Xavier Nady, 1988 Topps baseball autographs, and others.
    Website with huge tradelists and wantlists:
    Baseball Alphabetical Tradelist --- Baseball RC Tradelist by Year/Set --- GU/Auto/Topps Gold Tradelist

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Champs96ws View Post
    watching my little one grow up and mold her into a mini me
    Lets hope not. As for my story, I have told it before but here goes the short version.

    I had been trading on another site - have no idea now which one it was. Made a trade there with Jim Halpin (BOSOX48). He had been on here and told me then he thought it was a better place so I gave it a shot. A little over a year later I hit the HOF level but I was really hooked with the success of my first couple of trades. Tried a few others over the years - even helped as a mod on a start up one - but always came back here. Always was and will be the best to me.

    Peter - you have done great work here. Thanks for all you have done for the hobby.


    Wantlists are on my webpage. Click the my user name and then go to home page.


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    Congrats on the 10 years!!
    Prior to being in the Military I was collecting on a minor scale. The minute I enlisted everything was put on the back burner mostly due to always being underway on missions.. When I got out I found myself needing a hobby and collecting cards was like an old friend. I quickly picked up my cards from the parents and begin operation upgrade my lowly collection into a respectable one. I literally had 90's junk base of certain players I collected, nothing special heck prior to finding the bench I knew nothing of game used cards! Thanks to the Bench I have quite the collection and I continue my quest to join the Super Collector ranks! I appreciate everything the Bench stands for in regard to the hobby and I have met some really nice folks here! Here's to another 10 years congrats!!
    Josh Hamilton - 180/2765 16 gu/ 11 autos
    Jose Canseco total 968/2,658 = 36.4% 53 g/u 15autos
    Ozzie canseco total 40/42 =95% 1g/u 4 autos TRADE LIST
    Jose and Ozzie Canseco supercollector!

  11. #11
    cool beans and for that I give you this virtual gift

    I collect mainly Baseball current and some vintage
    Also a long time member of,

  12. #12
    Congratulations!! "You're all growns up!!!!"

  13. #13
    Happy Birthday to the Bench a little late. Although my numbers don't seem to indicate it, I have been a member since May 2003. My problem was, and still is, I don't any new stuff anymore. I have enjoyed the trades i have made and have enhanced my two grandson's (8 and 9) albums for them to have when I pass on. I guess I remember my grandest trade of 1000 inserts to, I believe, Dragonslayer. It only counted as one trade but it was one heck of a trade.

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    I'm a bit behind but congrats to the bench! What a great group of collectors, and always will be one of my favorite places to sit on the weekends Personally, I was a heavy trader on Beckett back in 2006, when I noticed in someone's signature "I am a heavy trader on the bench". Haven't traded on Beckett since This is the place to be!!


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    I couldn't agree more with the comments that have come before me! Thank you so much for all the countless hrs of work you put in to making this a great site with wonderful people. This site renewed my interest in collecting again after a long layoff. As my collecting interests have changed over the past several yrs The Bench has always been my only stop for trading.

    Thank You!!!!!!!!
    Looking for Bo Jackson , Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson , and Topps Vintage

    My site: Type the link into your browser instead of clicking on it.

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