How to mail your trades!

Many of you are probably new to trading cards and all that they have to offer, and I am sure that many of you are also wondering what the best way is to mail trading cards once the deal has been made!

There are two major factors to consider when getting ready to mail:

  1. Foreign Substances
  2. Damage Obtained from Handling

Protection from Foreign Substances

Over time (decades), oil from your fingerprints will cause paper products to turn brown. In addition, dirt, lint or debris can damage the cards you are preparing to send. The best way to protect your cards is to put a high quality sleeve on your card so that you can handle the card without introducing foreign substances to the card surface.

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When choosing a product you might want to use for this purpose it is important to understand what you are purchasing. Not all plastics are created equal so it is important to select a product that is archival safe. This means that they should be acid and PVC free products. Because there are different sized sleeves that hold different sized cards we asked George over at Cryptozoic for the card stock weights of Outlander Cards.

  • Outlander Base and Chase Trading Cards are printed on 20pt card stock.
  • Outlander Wardrobe Cards are printed 96pt card stock.
  • Outlander STR PWR cards are printed on 30pt card stock.

We purchased multiple sleeves from multiple vendors and kept trying them out until we felt we found the perfect match! We finally settled on these two products.

UltraPro Premium Card Sleeves
Use these for Base, Chase (Rainbows and STR PWR) and Autograph Cards

UltraPro Premium Card Sleeves

UltraPro Thick Card Sleeves
Use these for Wardrobe Cards

UltraPro Thick Card Sleeves


Prevention of Handling Damage

There are several ways your cards can get damaged when being shipped or even when they are being prepared for shipping. Scratching, bending, tearing and water damage are the main causes of damage so that is what we will address here.

Many of your have received cards that are loaded into Top Loaders. Top Loaders are rigid, clear plastic holders meant to protect cards from the afore mentioned types of damage. Toploaders are NOT meant to be used without a protective barrier between their hard, rigid plastic and the delicate surface of the trading card. In addition, toploaders are NOT necessarily acid free and they are NOT necessarily PVC free products. This is why it is important make sure you have a protective sleeve between the card and the toploader.

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We purchased multiple toploaders from multiple vendors and kept trying them out until we felt we found the perfect match! We finally settled on these two products.

UltraPro Regular Top Loader
Use these for Base, Chase (Rainbows and STR PWR) and Autograph Cards

Regular Toploader

UltraPro Super Thick Toploader
Use these for Wardrobe Cards

Ultra Pro 120PT Top Loader

There are certainly other sized toploaders available, including 130pt and these are just fine as long as you use a protective barrier between the card and the toploader. The difference we found was that the cards tended to slip out of the 130pt toploaders much easier than the 120pt toploaders. In addition, the 120pt toploaders were big enough to ensure the 96pt wardrobe cards were not compressed or damaged.

The last consideration under this heading has to do with damage prevention. When shipping your valuable item it is important to make sure it’s secured inside the toploader. The best way to do this is with a resealable soft sleeve.

Resealable Sleeve

Many eBay sellers, individual collectors and even some dealers put tape on the opening of the toploader to ensure the card won’t slip out. This is NOT a good idea and serious collectors will not be happy with you if you do this when shipping.

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DO NOT PUT TAPE ON YOUR TOPLOADER

Scotch Tape is made with an acrylic adhesive and if the tape comes in contact with your card it can leave a sticky residue that will discolor your card over time or cause the ink to fade. Tape will also attract dust, lint and hair which are obviously not desirable hitchhikers! Putting tape on the toploader can also cause damage by bending the card you are trying to protect!

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Again, we looked at several items and this one, the graded card sleeve by UltraPro, is a bit larger so it has more flexibility and can be used for single cards, multiple cards and thicker wardrobe cards without compromising it’s effectiveness.

UltraPro Resealable Soft Sleeves
Use these for All Cards

Ultra Pro Graded Card Sleeves

Last, but not least, make sure you mail your items in a bubble mailer or thick mailing envelope.

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If you are sending an item overseas or even across the country and the item is particularly valuable you may want to add in a piece of cardboard, craft board or foam for extra stabilization. Or better yet, put it in a magnetic cardholder!

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This will protect your item from UV radiation and damage from bending.

Magnetic UltraPro UV Card Holder
Use for any card, better for Wardrobe Cards

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We hope this article has been helpful! We have all of these items for sale in our store, but they are readily available on Amazon or in many of your local comic book stores.


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Season One – 2nd Binder Release

We have finally heard from our distributor that the supplemental Season One Binder will be available for shipment at the end of March 2017.

 

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The following information was released on February 14, 2017.

Cryptozoic’s new binder is for diehard fans running out of space to store all the cards from Outlander Trading Cards Season 1. 

Highlighting the romance and drama from the first season of Starz’s hit series, the set takes collectors back in time with Claire Randall, a married World War II combat nurse who is mysteriously transported back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she falls in love with the chivalric Jamie Fraser. 

Featuring art from the second half of Season 1 on the cover, the binder comes with an exclusive Outlander Promo Card and 20 binder pages.

Preorders are available now!

Season 1 Foil Variants

For part two of our variant series we will talk about Silver Brooch and Thistle of Scotland Gold Foil Variants. For information on Wardrobe Variants please visit Part One.

Foil Variant Cards

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From left to right – Thistle of Scotland Gold Foil – Silver Brooch Foil – Regular

The following cards from the Outlander Season 1 release contain regular, Silver Brooch and Gold Thistle Cards.


Silver Brooch Foil Variants
(1:3 Pack Ratio)

In addition to the regular cards, there were 99 identical cards released with a tiny addition to each card – the Silver Brooch. These cards were mistakenly referred to as Silver Crest when they were first released. Since then, Cryptozoic has updated their website to reflect this change. For more information about this update CLICK HERE.

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The distinguishing mark on this card is a silver foil brooch.


Thistle of Scotland Gold Foil Variants
(1:15 Pack Ratio)

In addition to the regular cards and the Silver Brooch cards, there were 99 additional cards released with a Thistle of Scotland Gold foil stamp.

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These special cards are limited to 50 cards of each of the Base, Character Bio, Quote and Speak Outlander cards.  In other words, there were 50 “Take me to Lallybroch” cards printed and stamped with the Thistle of Scotland Gold foil, so there are only 50 of these cards in existence.

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On the back of the card there is a number stating which number card it is out of the 50 cards made. The card on the left is numbered 01/50.

Below is an example of a sequence of cards…

doc00173620170111145101_001We hope this has helped explain and/or clear up a few questions you may have had about the Season 1 foil variants!


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Season 1 Wardrobe Variants

Many of you have seen the term “variant” floating around and wondered what in the world it means. Variant is a term that has been used in several different contexts so in this post I will attempt to sort that out and perhaps even clear things up a bit!

Variant has been used to describe:

  • Wardrobe cards with the same number and photo, but
    • with completely different materials, or
    • with different patterns of the same material
  • Base and chase cards with the same number and photo, but
    • with a Silver Brooch foil stamp, or
    • with a Gold Thistle foil stamp
  • Autograph Cards with the same signer, but with different signatures

In this first of three installments, we will discuss wardrobe cards with the same number and photo.


VARIANT: something that is different in some way from others of the same kind

A wardrobe card with the same number and photo, but with completely different materials is called a variant. Or in other words a wardrobe card that has been created using different materials from the same costume.

VARIATION: something that is similar to something else but different in some way

A wardrobe card with the same number and photo, but with different patterns of the same material has a variation. I know, I know, SO close, but not quite the same…


Season One Variant Wardrobe Cards

The fabric shown on the right was used for wardrobe card M37, the binder exclusive card. Pre-orders of the binder were so popular that they exceeded the amount of beige cotton apron fabric available. This is why there are some M37 cards that feature khaki wool from her trousers. ~ George Nadeau

So far the following  wardrobe variants have been identified.


M13 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

This wardrobe sample is taken from the exterior of Claire’s Cloak.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Gehrig.

This wardrobe sample is taken from the interior of Claire’s Cloak.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Gehrig.


 M20 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

This wardrobe sample is taken from the main body of Claire’s dress.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.

This wardrobe sample is taken from the stomacher on Claire’s dress.

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M24 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

This wardrobe sample is taken from the bodice of Claire’s dress.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Gehrig.

This wardrobe sample is taken from the skirt of Claire’s dress.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Gehrig


M25 – Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan

This wardrobe sample is taken from the bodice of Geillis’ dress.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.

This wardrobe sample is taken from the sleeve of Geillis’ dress.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.


M34 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

This wardrobe sample is from the stomacher of Claire’s dress.

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This photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.

This wardrobe sample is from the main body of Claire’s dress.

M34 - Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

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M37 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

This wardrobe sample is from Claire’s apron.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.

This wardrobe sample is from Claire’s trousers.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell.


Season One Wardrobe Cards with Variations

These wardrobe cards are NOT variants because they are the same material. The fabric shown in both of these cards come from skirt on Jenny’s costume so they are actually variations of the same material. Most variations occur because of how and where the material was cut for placement in the wardrobe card.

So far the following  wardrobe cards have been identified as having possible variations.
(You will notice most of these are patterned materials.)


M08 – Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

M08 - Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

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M10 – Caitroina Balfe as Claire Randall

M10 - Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

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M16 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

M16 - Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell


M22 – Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

M22 - Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

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M29 – Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

M29 - Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall

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Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Lasell


M31 – Laura Donnelly as Jenny Fraser

M31 - Laura Donnelly as Jenny Fraser

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lasell


Special Case

There were two cards created with the same material.

The costume department provided us multiple pieces of solid brown fine wool for two different looks in the continuity book. We used the pieces to create two different cards, M14 and M26. ~ George Nadeau


So that’s all for the wardrobe variants!
Our next post will talk about Silver Brooch and Gold Thistle variants.

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Outlander Season 2 Trading Cards WILL be released in 2017!

That’s right…you read correctly.

Cryptozoic™ Entertainment has confirmed it will release Season 2 in 2017!

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On Thursday, December 22, 2016, during the live webinar titled “The Non-Sport Cards You’ll be Collecting in 2017” Cryptozoic™ Entertainment confirmed that they will be releasing Outlander Season 2 Trading Cards.

So get ready Outlander Fans and stay informed by following George Nadeau on Twitter, connecting with the Outlandish Trading Facebook group, and of course you should always check in with Cryptozoic™ Entertainment Outlander product page.

Last, but not least, follow the Outlandish Trading Co. for the latest updates!
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Happy Trading!

Fraser Brooch NOT Fraser Crest

UPDATE: Fraser Crest silver foil variant cards are actually Fraser Brooch silver foil variants. – George Nadeau – 12/15/2016

The Fraser Brooch silver foil variant cards have been mistakenly referred to as Fraser Crest silver foil variant cards. The Cryptozoic™ Entertainment website has been updated to reflect the correct terminology. The official checklist has not been updated yet, but as soon as it is, we will let you know!

In the meantime – all of the pages and checklists on this website have been updated!

In case you were wondering what the difference is between the Fraser Brooch and the Fraser Crest, here’s an example.

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This is an example of a Fraser Brooch.


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This is the official Fraser Clan Member Crest.


As you can see, the Outlander Trading Cards have a Silver Brooch Foil Stamp, and not the Official Fraser Crest!

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Happy Trading!

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