I would like to present all of you with a trade scenario, and am very interested to see how you would act. I think that many of you will be able to relate.
You have a collection of a particular brand/team/player that spans across multiple years. After much trail, eBay searching and trading you have able to acquire two particularly hard to find cards from your current year's collection. One card was only available as a hard to find retail insert, the other was only available as part of a complete factory set. No sooner have you elegantly displayed them in your binder when an interesting trade proposal crosses your desk:
In exchange for the two cards that it took you months to track down you are offered five cards from a set that you're trying to complete from a few years before. The background on these cards is that you need them to complete your set and have never seen them online or in stores.
So here is the question:
Do you trade two cards that it took you months to track down this year for five cards that you need from a previous year's set? Those older cards won't complete your set from that year, just help fill in the holes. Meanwhile, your cards from the current year are among the final pieces of the puzzle. Do you make the trade? To you risk giving up two cards that cost you blood, sweat, time and money to get in the first place? Do you risk giving up on a subset of cards that you may never see again?
I'm curious to see what you have to say in the comments or if you've ever been faced with a situation like this. I'll reveal what I did in a subsequent post.