I GET TO OPEN STUFF!
Alas, Christmas presents never contained exactly what you wanted.
Rip cards do this to me. When I pull a rip card, I'm obviously happy. They're expensive little devils, are usually numbered fairly low, and have this hidden little present wrapped snugly inside of them. My immediate reaction when I get one of these is to hoard it away for eternity... hide it somewhere I'll never find it so I can't ever extract the glorious goodness inside the card. However, whenever I start embarking upon bigger trades, my rip-card collection sitting in never-never land will occasionally come up.
A year ago on this very day, I posted about a package I received from Jeroen. My rip-card collection had to be accessed for that trade to go through (and for very good reason).
This year was quite a bit different.
Duane, of Democratic Roadkill and I have been talking about trading... for far too long. Bottom line is that, for the most part, he has most of the same cards I do, but just more of them. It sucks when that happens. You have to start getting creative with outgoing trade packages.
I have a feeling Duane and I are going to be starting a revolving door of packages flowing back and forth. This was just the primer. What he sent me:
This was really the best I could do... I thought about scanning the cards, but instead I just took a crappy picture of the cards on top of my scanner. Good enough, right? In any case, Duane single-handed knocked my regular back mini want list down to single digits... for two separate years!!! Not to mention, he did quite the job on a third year as well.
Here's what's left of my regular back mini want list for the past 3 years.
42, 118, 258, 303
30, 39, 79, 96, 102, 141, 157, 189, 197, 205, 211, 222, 224, 234, 240, 248, 253, 267, 288, 298, 323, 337
51, 52, 54, 339, 342
Originally, Duane and I were going to exchange minis (and we did do some of that), but somehow we got to talking and rip-cards came up. Yep, those rip-cards I keep stashed away in never-never land.
Here's what happened (volume is low for the first 5-10 seconds. Don't kill your ears by turning it all the way up):