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I didn’t want to write this but based on some emails/messages I’ve gotten, I feel I need to clear up some things.
I have been running C4K since 2012 and over the years, a few other groups have popped up doing the same thing or something similar.
The ONLY way to contact us is through our social media sites that are officially “Commons4Kids”- our website- Commons4Kids.org or through email- firstname.lastname@example.org.
I run everything MYSELF so that I can ensure 100% of the cards get to kids- there is no one else or any other group that represents C4K.
I mean no disrespect to anyone trying to get cards to kids as well, however, I’ve seen sites that ask for cards to be donated and then turn around and sell them…or sell mystery packs or something. We do not and will not sell ANY cards we received unless they are adult oriented (Playboy, etc.) and that money goes to buy more kid friendly cards.
We get autographs/jersey cards all the time and will never try to sell “hot packs” or anything like that to “cover shipping”- that isn’t how we work.
Not only do we not charge for ANY cards we donate, putting up packs for sale “to kids” allows collectors and adults tp buy those cards and doesn’t ensure they actually go to kids. We either donated cards directly to the kids or agencies that work with kids to ensure they get where we say they will go. We have had people try to buy the cards we feature on our site/social media and that will NEVER happen. Period.
If you find a site/person/group that is charging for “donated” cards- they are not affiliated with us. They may be great people and on the “up and up” but they are not associated with C4K- again, no disrespect, just some confusion out there with some folks doing what we are doing.
If we get a card with a value of $200…it will go to a kid- FREE of charge…no catches.
We have done this since 2012 and most of the material is bought out of my pocket, most of the gas or hotel room stays from delivering cards has come from my pocket. We have had a few people over the last 7 years give us some cash to help out with gas or something but we don’t make a habit of that. I do a “GoFundMe” from time to time if I have a project that I would like to do like Christmas presents, etc that I can’t personally afford to do on my own.
If we have agencies that want cards, in other states that we can’t personally deliver too, I’ve started doing a “sponsor” project so that people pay the exact shipping and I promote them or their business- there is no “extra dollar here or there” for us to make a profit. All shipping receipts are them emailed to the sponsor.
So- in closing- there are several other groups out there helping to get cards to kids and they may be amazing people but they are not associated with C4K- we will NEVER charge kids or agencies for the cards we get donated to us. We are trying to get cards into the hands of kids who can’t afford to buy them or pay for shipping, etc.
If you have any thoughts, opinions or questions- the best way to reach us is a DM on our Facebook page…you are welcome to email but I’m not the best at getting back to emails in a timely manner so just throw me a message on the Commons4Kids Facebook and I’ll get with you. If you have followed us for long, you know we are very transparent in what we do and post all donations and post info on the agencies we donated too in case anyone wants to check in on us.
Thank you so much for supporting us over the last 7 years and we are getting closer and closer to that 10 million mark and it’s because of the #C4KFamily.
(Side Note- we do have a “relationship” with the great folks over at Signatures for Soldiers- they have a different mission than we do and have even donated a ton of cards to us- I can/will speak for them- they are amazing.)
We don’t pay for advertising, so all of our growth has come straight from the #C4KFamily- through word of mouth, sharing our social media and folks just talking about us…but how can that work so well for a guy asking you to send him free stuff?
There are tons of us folks in our 30s/40s that had a plan as a child- invest all of our allowance into trading cards and 3 decades later- sell them to be millionaires- very simple really. I mean, some Mickey Mantle cards from the 50’s were were thousands in the 80s/90s…so these 1987 Topps should be worth a ton around 2017.
Are you done laughing…no…OK…I’ll wait.
Done? OK good. Yea, we now know that the folks like Topps, Fleer and Donruss understood that kids thought that so they mass produced the crap out of them and now so many of us are left with cards that are literally worthless. Almost everything has a “worth” but most cards from the 80s and 90s have no worth- I mean- nothing.
Now, if you are a collector like me- those cards represent your childhood and hold value to you- sure, you can’t sell them but most of us don’t want to just trash them- just the thought is heart breaking.
While I talk about the 1989 Upper Deck Griffey Jr card are a lot of cards that still hit me right in the feels.
I was a huge Bobby Bonilla fan (and still am) back in 1989 and I can still remember pulling a fresh Bonilla DK from a Donruss pack or a Chris Sabo All Star Rookie from a pack of Topps. Let’s not even talk about that Dream Team set that Kmart had! My cousin and I would set for hours and make our own Dream Team for hours.
After going through almost 10 million cards over the last 8 years, I still pause when I see some of those cards and get that same feeling- they are amazing!
Now- add in all the “new” guys who buy cards in bulk and don’t want 100 of the same common card and with the ease of getting the exact card you want, there isn’t much of a market for bulk cards that no one wants. Then you throw in the awesome guys from the gaming community who don’t want 15 copies of an unplayable Pikachu.
Not only is there millions of cards out there that no one really wants- the companies keep making cards that no one really wants but people buy just to try their luck to get those few cards that everyone does want…and all that leaves millions of cards looking for homes and that is where we come in.
There are SO many kids out there that just don’t understand trading cards or just can’t afford them or kids that want to learn Magic or Pokemon but don’t really know where to start.
C4K works because I continue to buy cards to get a few I want and end up with hundreds that I don’t want…and then you multiple that by the thousands of others like me out there. C4K works because of the people that no longer collect but can’t just trash their childhood treasures. C4K works because of the amazing folks that send us NEW stuff and stuff that isn’t considered “common” in order to get the “cool stuff” to kids who may not be able to get it themselves.
C4K works because of the #C4KFamily…I mean, sure, I would have been doing this on my own and we would probably be at about 500,000 cards donated by me…but you folks stepped up and supported C4K and we are looking at hitting 10 million next year…
…I honestly can’t say it enough- this ALL works because of YOU guys. Every card, share, follow, like or just sharing us with someone else.
So, I try to say it a lot but a HUGE thanks to all of you for making all of this work.