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Collectible (Trading) Cards?

Written on January 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

I first became aware of Moo cards back in 2011, when everyone seemed to have them and I was all “what is this madness?!”. For those not in the know, Moo cards are half the height of a standard business card while retaining the length. You can print an absurd variety of photos onto your cards without a minimum or maximum. Want to print 100 cards? You can put 100 different images on them. Yes, crazy. Something that I cannot do at a local print shop because, at that scale, it’s not worth it to them. I also got some ‘faux-Moo’ cards at BlytheCon in Portland, OR. Some innovative individuals had gotten their cards printed at local print shops and then cut them in half, length-wise, because it is cheaper to do something like that – especially if you’re not invested in the idea of having 100 cards with 100 different pictures.

Business cards as a whole, in this community, are delightful. I find them charming and I tend to keep the ones that I am given or get slipped in the mail when I’ve bought something online for the umpteenth time. Because they’re so collectible, it makes it ideal to include your details on them – website, Etsy or Artfire shop, Flickr name, email address. People keep things that they like, bonus if it’s small and doesn’t take up too much room. I like them, and I plan to have them on hand when I head to Seattle, WA in August this year.

And what does one do with all the cards that they amass over time?

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I’ve used some as bookmarks, and I want to get a frame one day and put them all together in a collage. A lot of the ones I keep are from people that I’ve met, designers that I admire (and am perpetually jealous of their sewing capabilities!) and friends that I keep in touch with on a regular basis.

4 Responses to “Collectible (Trading) Cards?”

  1. K AKA @MaidenCanada
    says:

    Mine are stored in my old moo box and I still collect them.
    At bcon NYC I handed out my cards with little doll trinkets in bags. Kind of a way to meet more people..I hope people liked them.

  2. Becca AKA @SewPixie
    says:

    Is that card by chance one of Blythe in rainbow brite shoes? :)

    I have some of the moo collection out (arranged amongst other momentos and collectibles) and some amassed in a wee drawer.

  3. Tracy says:

    I keep my little collection in an extra Moo card box. Most of the collection consists of my own Moo cards, but I do have a handful of other people’s cards. I wish more vendors sent these out with their stuff! :)

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