Friday, November 18, 2011

The 2nd Annual Search for a Trading Card-Loving Multimillionaire...

... not necessarily on the level of the sports-loving Paul Allen, but someone who loves trading cards and the idea of learning about them and sharing them in a cost-free, virtual way with kids from ages 6 to age 86 who may never get the chance otherwise to see, flip, read, play with, or otherwise handle them!

If you are a millionaire, billionaire, or just an independently wealthy retiree, you love sports trading cards, and you love what's being built and shared here, then contact us - we need your help.. We'd like to expand and broaden all of the Card Cyber Museums, and write more software to let fans engage and interact with the virtual cards in more creative ways. We're just the team to do it. If you have $1,000,000 or more (or retain lawyers that know how to set up a Revokable Living Trust that throws off about $150,000 a year), donate it to this cause, we'll put it to work! With a team effort, it can be done!

For the non-multimillionaires, a more down to earth note:

Note: the below plea was modeled on the annual Wikipedia plea from the Wikipedia's great founder Jimmy Wales.
Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. Wikipedia has 400 servers and 95 staff.  In contrast, the Cyber Card Museums have borrowed server space and about 5% of the working time of one (1) staff. 
The is the #1,500,462 site on the web and serves 454 different people every month – with thousands of page views. 
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong in the hallowed halls of the Cyber Card Museums. Not as far as you can throw me. 
The Cyber Card Museums are something special. Each is kind of like a real museum, or a public park surrounded by coffee shops and public houses. It is like a temple for the mind of the card fanatic. They are places we can all go to look at cards, to learn about them, to admire the feats of the players pictured on them, and to simply have fun. 
When I founded the Cyber Card Museums, I could have made it into a for-profit company with flashing advertising, but I decided to do something in a somewhat different manner. I’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others. 
If everyone reading this donated $20, we would only have to fundraise for 745 more days each year (broken down, just a little over 14 days every week!)  But not everyone can or will donate. And that's fine. But each year there is the unfounded expectation that just enough people will decide to give. 
This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain the Cyber Card Museums. 
Curator, Cyber Card Museum

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