A Few Helpful Tips. Please read!


5.00 star(s)
I thought I'd post a few helpful posting tips for our newer members. (And some of our older members!) :) Hopefully, everybody'll 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.

6) Always, always, always be sure to post your trades in the Ongoing Trades/Sales forum. If you don't post your trades, there is no way for the Bench Moderators or Bench Trade Task Force to help you in the event of a problem. (Responding to said trades when completed is also a very nice thing to do.)
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4.90 star(s)
I agree and would add...

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...




Bench Warmer
I would also like to add something to the list

1. always state what condition the cards are in if they aren't in mint condition.
2. always state what you are sending the cards in. wether it be just a penny sleve or the whole nine yards.
3. if you don't have the money or the cards you say you do. ask the seller to wait. if he/she says no. then you should probably send them as much money as you can with some $$.
4. any foul language and I personally think that you should be ban from the site unless it's in a private message and the reciever is OK with it. (foul language is swearing, mean crude words, anything that might offend the recieptant.)