Two years ago this Sunday I started something called The Well-Traveled Envelope Challenge.
The idea was that I'd send another blogger a bubble mailer filled with 20 or 30 cards they might enjoy for their collection, and then that blogger would re-use the same envelope (and packaging supplies, if possible) to send yet another blogger cards that they might need. Also included would be a slip of paper to keep running tabs on the bloggers who received the envelope and the places it would visit along the way. It looked like this:
After one year, things had gone decently well. The envelope had reached eight different bloggers, traveling across the country and even to Canada!
And what about now, at the two-year checkpoint?
Nothing. No updates. No idea where the envelope might be, or if it traveled anywhere at all during this past year.
I think we can probably assign a portion of the blame to COVID and the related hesitation many folks had to send things through the mail for a little while there. I'm also pretty sure that the novelty of the idea simply petered out after the first year.
But don't worry, we can salvage this blog post yet! How about this?
In the comment section, do at least one of the following:
- List a few low-value cards you might need to complete a set
- List a player or team you collect
- If you have a want list, post a link to it
Maybe another commenter can make your day with a simple postage stamp and plain white envelope. And check the comments that other readers make. Maybe you can help them out, too. (Especially with card prices being as bonkers as they are right now.)
I'll start it off by listing a few cards that will get me closer to completing some sets:
1981 Fleer Baseball #419 Jesse Jefferson
1981-82 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #204 Anders Kallur
1986-87 Topps Hockey #186 Mark Messier
And here's a link to my want lists: https://ninepockets.blogspot.com/p/want-list.html
Got the idea? Okay, add a comment below and get a PWE ready.
And if you happen to know where the Well-Traveled Envelope is, add a comment about that, too!