Billy Kingsley

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Member Since:   8/31/2011
Last Login:   2/18/2024
Points:   278,124
Location:   New York United States
     
Collection:   211,930 cards
     

Collects:

 

I collect: NBA, NHL, NASCAR, Star Wars, History, Military, DC Comics, Olympics, whatever interests me

Current project is trying to get at least one card of everyone to ever get one for NBA, NHL and NASCAR. Also working on getting at least one example of every set ever for the above sports. (Wantlists on Cardboard History)

I have some health problems that make it challenging for me to get to my trade stash. It makes me a slow trader as there are some days when I'm simply in too much pain to access the boxes. My health problems are not transferable so you do not need to fear catching anything from trading with me. I generally only can mail on Saturdays.

Trading: 

I prefer to trade 1 card for 1 card. I do not care about any made up "book value". I will gladly trade more than one card for some as well...there are a few cards on my tradelist that I do need more than one card for in return though. I only put sets on my wantlist that are close to completion, so if you have something else in any of the three sports or the Non-Sports topics I focus on, odds are I will want it. Only reason I wouldn't is if I had it already.  If you don't have anything from the topics I mainly collect, but I have something you want, I will also accept football or baseball in trade, pretty much anything to get a trade done. I would prefer not to trade with smokers. I have breathing problems and cards that come from smokers are essentially useless to me, I cannot handle them. I prefer larger trades but will do any size at all.

I have tried to make sure all the cards on my Tradelist are problem free, with no corner dings, scratches or other flaws, but I am human and it's possible I may have missed something, but all cards sent out are cards you shouldn't need to worry about ever finding a replacement for. I don't demand problem free cards in return as my theory is that a damaged card is better than no card, but writing and paper loss means to me that I don't actually have that card so please don't offer them to me in trade. 

If you don't care about condition, take a look through my "Damaged Cards" collection. These are all cards that I rejected from my tradelist for having flaws but they are available for trade. I would put them at one third a card "value" so 3 damaged cards vs. 1 of your cards. If you do want any of them, let me know and I will move them to my tradelist. I don't want to put them all there and cause matches for people expecting good cards and getting damaged cards in return. Some of the flaws are pretty big problems, some you will probably wonder why I didn't list it in my tradelist. While my collection doesn't demand perfection, I am very strict with condition on cards I send out in trade.

Trading Prioroties: (what makes me the happiest to get in trade, in no particular order)

  • 1995-96 and 1996-97 NBA Cards
  • 1994 NASCAR Cards
  • Any NASCAR card that actually focuses on the car
  • Automotive Non-Sport cards
  • New York Rangers
  • New York Knicks
  • New Jersey Nets (and Brooklyn and New York Nets, but the NJ era is my favorite
  • Elton Brand
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • History related Non-Sports cards
  • Attractive women (with or without clothes)
  • Anything from Racing Champions I don't have
  • Team logo cards for NBA and NHL
  • Non-sports subjects in Allen & Ginter
  • People with last names starting with Q, U, Z and especially X. 
  • With that said, I will trade for anything at any time, whether it's on my wantlist or not. I prefer "quantity" to "quality" and I'm a set builder at heart. 

There are also a couple of specific sets I'm really hoping to complete some day:

  • 1996-97 Ultra (NBA), my favorite set ever
  • 1988 Leesley Bigfoot (the set that got me started collecting)
  • 2002-03 Topps Chrome Refractors (NBA) Refractors are my favorite parallel and this is the closest one to completion
  • 1994 Action Packed (NASCAR) tied for my favorite NASCAR set
  • 1989-90 Marine Midland New York Rangers (just need the cover card!)
  • 1993 & 1994 Skybox The Simpsons (One base card away from completion, also chasing inserts)
  • 1954 Topps Scoop (my favorite Non-Sport set ever)
  • 1953-54 Topps World on Wheels (my favorite automotive set ever)

 

     
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I only trade duplicates, but I've got thousands of them. I will not trade cards out of my collection for any reason, sorry.
     
Awards:  
2022 - Most Congenial Member
2022 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)

2020 - Most Congenial Member
2020 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Runner-up)
2020 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Gaming (Runner-up)
2020 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)

2019 - Most Congenial Member
2019 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2019 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Hockey (Runner-up)
2019 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - MMA (Runner-up)
2019 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)

2018 - Most Congenial Member
2018 - All-TradingCardDB Second Team
2018 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2018 - Favorite List

2017 - Member of the Year
2017 - Most Congenial Member
2017 - All-TradingCardDB Second Team
2017 - Most Card Images Added - Basketball (Winner)
2017 - Most Card Images Added - Racing (Winner)
2017 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2017 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Hockey (Runner-up)
2017 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)

2016 - All-TradingCardDB Second Team
2016 - Most Card Images Added - Basketball (Runner-up)
2016 - Most Checklists Added - Racing (Runner-up)
2016 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2016 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Non-Sport (Runner-up)
2016 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Runner-up)

2015 - All-TradingCardDB First Team
2015 - Most Card Images Added - Basketball (Winner)
2015 - Most Card Images Added - Racing (Runner-up)
2015 - Most Checklists Added - Basketball (Winner)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Boxing (Runner-up)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Golf (Runner-up)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - MMA (Runner-up)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Runner-up)
2015 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Tennis (Winner)

2014 - Member of the Year
2014 - All-TradingCardDB First Team
2014 - Most Card Images Added - Basketball (Winner)
2014 - Most Card Images Added - Racing (Runner-up)
2014 - Most Checklists Added - Basketball (Winner)
2014 - Most Checklists Added - Multi-Sport (Runner-up)
2014 - Most Checklists Added - Racing (Winner)
2014 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2014 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Multi-Sport (Runner-up)
2014 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)

2013 - Member of the Year
2013 - All-TradingCardDB First Team
2013 - Most Card Images Added - Basketball (Winner)
2013 - Most Card Images Added - Racing (Winner)
2013 - Most Checklists Added - Basketball (Winner)
2013 - Most Checklists Added - Non-Sport (Runner-up)
2013 - Most Checklists Added - Racing (Winner)
2013 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Winner)
2013 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Multi-Sport (Runner-up)
2013 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Non-Sport (Runner-up)
2013 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)

2012 - All-TradingCardDB First Team
2012 - Most Card Images Added - Non-Sport (Runner-up)
2012 - Most Checklists Added - Basketball (Winner)
2012 - Most Checklists Added - Non-Sport (Winner)
2012 - Most Checklists Added - Racing (Winner)
2012 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Basketball (Runner-up)
2012 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Non-Sport (Winner)
2012 - Most Miscellaneous Additions - Racing (Winner)


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Secret Santa 2022 by Billy Kingsley
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I like big numbers

 I cannot lie, I like big numbers. And after 36 years in the hobby with no breaks, the numbers really add up. They can get very large when you are as obsessed with this hobby as I am, have been, and probably always will be. 

At 4:41 in the morning on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, I learned for the very first time exactly how big the numbers are. 

I've mentioned in the past that I was typing everything into Excel, and, believing that I had typed everything in, I set about proofing my work by going through the paper listings for my card collection, which I have kept since 1998 and I consider the "Be all End all" of my collection - if it's not in my paper listings, it's not part of my collection, essentially. I started keeping the dates I got all the cards in 1999, and I determined I wanted that to be documented on Excel, which means I can back it up remotely, in case something ever happens to my paper listings. I hope nothing does, but I'm a known klutz and tend to drop things. If I drop a bottle of water, it's all over for the listing, basically. 

So with all that said, I finished proofing the listings yesterday. (Yesterday for me, today for normal people)

I was way, way off. I had a number I thought was right for all the different subjects. As it turns out, every single one of them was wrong. All of them were actually UNDER what I actually had- some by a wide margin. I had undercounted my NBA collection by nearly 3000 cards. I knew my count was probably off a little bit...but it was off way more than I thought. The Excel chart where I entered in all the missing cards came up to 6998 that I had missed typing in across all topics. Yikes! 

So, without further ado, here is the totals of what I actually have in my collection....


With that said...there's a very good chance these numbers aren't right exactly. Even after I thought I had finished proofing everything, I found literally dozens of mistakes, mostly from me typing things in wrong which means they didn't show up properly when I sorted the Excel file, and I would bet there are more mistakes yet to be found. I may never find these mistakes, but I'm ok with that. I did the best I could. It took me literally 11 years to complete the typing project, I'm not going to redo it. If I find mistakes, I'll fix them, but I am treating it as it's correct. It's the best I can do with the abilities I have. 

One other thing this opens up for me...I had been holding off on going through my stash of cards that I have built up. Some still from the disastrous Card of the Day project still wait to actually be looked at and become part of my collection. Now that I know both what I actually have, and what the real numbers should be...I can start going through them and adding them to my collection officially. 

My plan is to update this chart at the end of each month when I do my monthly upload of what I've scanned during the month. The numbers based on what I know I have stashed can vastly change. I know off the top of my head I've got sumo, baseball, football, and of course my three main sports of NBA, NHL and NASCAR. I actually don't have a lot of non-sports stuff stashed, I tended to go through them quickly, but I do have some. 

Now that I've finished proofing and typing I am not really sure what I will do next. This was the last big project that I needed to do in my card collection, and as I stated, I've been working on it for 11 years. The only things left are to finish scanning and then sorting back into sets, but I will not finish that this decade, and I'm beginning to think I may not ever finish that, as I've consistently brought in cards faster than I can scan them, and going through all that stash I mentioned will be just like throwing a mountain on top of someone who just dug themselves out of a sinkhole. Of course I'm not complaining. This is what I live for. I just don't know how I want to proceed next. I feel a little rudderless. 

Interestingly enough, the Database shows me as having 231,000 cards and I have no idea where that number comes from, because I know that I don't have that many- and I no longer track my collection on there. I can only guess it comes from the duplicates, aka tradelist, and the barely sorted duplicate boxes, aka future trade list, that I had entered. Oh, it may include the wantlist too, which is bizarre because by definition I haven't collected the cards I want to add to my collection. But the numbers don't add up, at least in my head, so I just don't know. Of course doing that kind of numbers in my head is very questionable, and why I let Excel do all the adding for me. 

One other thing I want to point out- in all my 36 years of collecting cards, I have purchased exactly 3 football cards (two of them cars from an insert set so not even technically football!), and one pack of baseball cards. The rest of them all came as gifts or in lots. All Sumo, kickboxing, rugby, soccer, boxing, wrestling and golf all came to me from other people. The people in the hobby are really something else. If the rest of the world was like card people it would be a better place. 


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