Tools may not be fitting for this delicate day either. Clothes aren’t really all that special. Well, I suppose you could do superman underwear or something….
But if that doesn’t do the job of communicating “you are special to me,” what are your options?
What would be really cool, though, is something that guys really dig, you know, something that has monetary value, collectable excitement, and even a nod toward nostalgic fuzziness. Isn’t nostalgia the feeling you get when you walk out to the garage, or into the basement, and see those boxes of baseball cards?
Several times recently, I’ve heard people whistfully remember the childhood days of buying and trading sports cards. Or “giving” them away – that’s what my little brother Terry did with our neighborhood friend Dima. “I’ll give you this card for free if you give me a dollar.” Now that’s salesmanship!
Back to the holiday at hand (which is Valentine’s Day, if you haven’t figured it out yet).
There are three ways this could work – and they are definitely not mutually exclusive.
1. Turn those old cards into $$.
That’s right, with the help of my brother’s awesome company, CheckOutMyCards.com, you can get your (er, his) cards out within reach of the people who want to buy them – all from the comfort of your living room…and garage. You send the cards to their Seattle warehouse, they scan them into the website (using Tim’s unique patented technology), you set the prices, and they do the rest – basically. Click here for a simple explanation of how the process works.
2. Buy a card for your special someone.
If you are thinking that this just isn’t for you, I suggest that you take a minute to look around on the site anyway. There is WAAAAY more there than sports.
You might be picturing Michael Jordan…
…or Kirby Puckett
- This one is $119.75
With their nearly 4 million cards to choose from, there is something for every price range.
3. Purchase a special card to hold the card you buy.
While you’re out there searching for the perfect collectors’ card, keep in mind that you want to have a unique and customized way to give this gift.
You could do this:
But what if you could find a card that was specially designed to go along with the theme of your gift? Or what if that card could even stand alone as a one-of-a-kind token of your love – practically a collectors’ item on its own!?
Veolia! I made these with you in mind.
These cards can only be purchased at www.CheckOutMyCards.com.
A couple years ago, my brother Tim, the founder and CEO of CheckOutMyCards, asked me personally to create some appropriately themed greeting cards to be used as card holders. His idea was to create a new kind of collectors’ item with each card numbered uniquely. And thus these cards were created.
Sporting my amateur approach to the technique of pointillism with marker on paper, these cards are each designed to mimic the patterns that are common in sports cards. The artwork print is attached to the card with pop-up stickies, adding depth to the simple, and hopefully intriguing piece.
Get it? It’s like an autograph.
I truly had a fun time making these cards. There is something totally therapeutic about this kind of art for me, and my wish is that you, the giver, and you, the receiver, are enriched and inspired by my splash of creativity.
There he is – my big brother Tim.
He is a computer genius, math whiz, successful entrepreneur, and great friend.
Check out his site.
Check out my cards.
Check out how cool you will be this Valentine’s Day.