Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Vintage paperback trading card swap

vintage paperback cover art

I got hooked on collecting vintage paperback books in the early 90′s. At that time, you could still walk into a thrift store, or crusty bookshop and had a pretty decent chance of finding something cool.

Around 1995 I scanned some favorite covers form my collection and published a short run of trading cards as poject for a class that I was taking on how to operate a printing press. With the help of some publicity (blurb in ID magazine) I sold almost all 500 sets from the run in a few months. However, I ran out of labels before I ran out of cards, and about 50 sets of cards remained unsold due to insufficient packaging, and languished in deep storage for the next 10 years before being unearthed during a recent move.

vintage paperback cover art

The packaging for the cards was inspired by that of fireworks. Each pack is wrapped in red tissue paper, and a paper label (derived from a book cover of course) is applied to the front. The result feels like a 50 pack of Black Cats. Each card pack contains 12 different cards. Some of the covers depicted feature art by notable cover atists like Earl Bergey, and Rudolph Belarski. Others are just great covers or oddball books.

I have recreated the depleted package label, and will now be offering up 10 sets of trading cards to finkbuilt readers. Also included (outside the pack) will be 3 “doubles” for trading stock. Although the card project was successfull, I always felt a bit disappointed that due to the short press run, limited interest and distrubution, the trading cards would never actually be traded. So if you would like a set, I am now offering the cards not for sale, but for trade.

The rules of the trade:

Using the comments of this post, make me an offer to trade. Just post an actual photograph (photo required) — exactly 4oo 300 pixels square — and description of the item (or whatever) that you would like to trade for one (1) pack of vintage paperback trading cards. At the end of June, I will choose 10 traders and we can make the swap. Postage to be paid by the respective senders.

If you need help posting an img tag, or need hosting for your image, just email me and I will be glad to help you out.


Who wants a set of cards?

11 Responses to “Vintage paperback trading card swap”

  1. kaufman Says:

    What a great idea, Steve! I’ll take a look around and see what I’ve got that’s TRADE-worthy.

  2. Tintin Says:

    I’ll trade you for a box of paperclips.

    Reece, did you need help posting an image?


  3. Lou Says:


    I have a VHS of a Nova episode documenting the effort to get the B-29 “Kee Bird” flying again. It was stuck in the Greenland arctic for nearly 50 years until Darryl Greenamyer and his team began their adventure to revive it.


  4. kaufman Says:

    How about your choice of a vintage (USED) video arcade game marquee?

    Click for full size

  5. ranjit Says:

    A wind-up device with a shiny shiny brass key, in a polished Altoids box. When you wind it up, it makes a disturbing rattling noise. Not exactly this one, because this one is gone, but if you want to trade, I’ll make another.

    (I’m required to say that this image is hosted on flickr)

  6. Steve Says:

    Very nice!

    3 offers I can’t refuse. Keep ‘em coming!


  7. Rick Ellis Says:

    Hi Steve, love your site!

    If you choose, I would like to trade you for a pack of our “Rat Pack Playing Cards” We created these in honor of Frank Sinatra, my favorite singer of all time.

    All the best,

    steve says:
    Now, THAT’S what I call trading cards.
  8. Steve Says:

    The trading window has now officially closed.

    Thanks to all who participated.



  9. David Says:

    I’ll trade you an official Going Postal Pulp magazine t-shirt, and I’ll even make in your size!

  10. David Says:

    Let’s try that again:

  11. John Blane Says:

    If you guys are interested in swapping cards or other stuff, feel free to check out http://www.swaptreasures.com .