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Please Mr Postman, look and see if there’s a letter in your bag for me … oh, and Cumbyrocks too.

We’re currently both waiting for geocaching trading cards to arrive in the mail.

In Peter’s case, it’s my birthday present to him; a set of 250 trading cards from FTF Geocacher. The popular American magazine began offering custom options earlier this year and recently launched its second series of glossy cards at a cheaper rate.

On a front is each player’s photo – in Cumby’s case, a shot of him out in the field taken by fellow Dunedin cacher Gerard Hyland (GC handle: GSVNoFixedAbode); while the back lists their stats, including favourite cache, find rates, latest milestone, signature swag item and a personal quote.

Publisher CK Petrus told Facebook fans last month: “I have closed out ‘Series 1’ of our geocaching trading cards but am happy to report a new and improved ‘Series 2’ line. By popular demand: 1. Statistics on the back of the cards are current as of the time of order; 2. I have removed the date from the front of the card; and 3. I’ve reduced quantity/pricing options by US$20 or more.”

I first heard of the FTF Geocacher cards when interviewing New York state player Shane Holmes (GC handle: GeoLobo) about  this new geo-trend.

And it’s from him that I’m expecting my own parcel – all 20 of his Geocaching History Cards, two extra sets to trade with and five of Holmes’ own examples.

He printed his first set of cards depicting historic geo-moments in 2010, two years after cottoning on to what he calls a very cost-effective and durable signature item. Two months ago, Holmes launched a Kickstarter project to raise US$1500 so he could fund 10 new history cards. The appeal was so successful that it reached its goal a week early and with US$230 extra in the coffers.

Holmes began mailing out his rewards to donors – including Groundspeak’s Bryan Roth, lackey Raine Lightner and My Geek Odyssey‘s Bruce Nelson – last week and is polling players about the possibility of a third set.

“I used the first 10 cards that I created with my own money to entice people to help fund the second set. I must wait to see how many cards I have left over from this project to determine if I can do that again – and, of course, there has to be an interest from others.”

Regardless, he’s still accepting suggestions for future designs on his Facebook geocache trading cards page. “It should be noted that these 20 cards do not complete the history of geocaching. There are many more cards to come,” he told It’s Not About The Numbers.

Already on his list are the first webcam and virtual caches, the inaugural Earthcache event  (GC33E6X) – being held in Portland, Maine this weekend – the first pathtag, challenge cache and geocaching world record, not to mention the player/s who first logged 10,000, 25,000 and 50,000 finds.



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  1. AeroMechAZ says:

    August 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I already have one! I’m #13!!

    Mike Belanger
    Prescott, Arizona, USA

  2. AeroMechAZ says:

    August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I still have a few left (but not many); email me directly with whatever of your info you’re comfortable sharing, & I’ll send you one.

    Mike B.

  3. Michael D. Belanger on Facebook says:

    August 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Already have mine – I’m #13 in Series 1.

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