Giving Away Cards At Halloween

Halloween could be a good time to get rid of unwanted baseball cards to hopefully-appreciative trick-or-treaters

Halloween is a week away. While candy is the traditional thing to hand out to trick-or-treaters, Joe Shlabotnik of The Shlabotnik Report suggests that the holiday is a good way of clearing out unwanted baseball cards that you might have accumulated during the year.

I take several hundred unwanted and generally recent cards – usually doubles from busting packs – break them down into small stacks, wrap each stack in clingy food wrap (he said, avoiding the brand name), and put them in our Halloween bowl along with the usual candy.

We make sure that we tell the kids that they can take both cards and candy, because some of them are too quiet or polite to take more than one thing.

It wouldn’t work well for me this year – with Halloween falling on a weekday, I’m not likely to see many trick-or-treaters. Except for that little problem, it might be a good way to get rid of unwanted Yankees cards. 🙂

So, has anyone else handed out trading cards at Halloween – either in addition to or in place of candy? How well did it work?


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Posted on October 24, 2012, in Baseball Cards and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I never thought of that before, but it is a good idea.


  2. Will in Central NJ

    I wouldn’t give away any of my cards, because you know that the individuals pictured will sign to play/coach/manage a minor league team nearby. Then, I won’t have his card(s) to autograph!

    “Here kid, have some chocolate and jawbreakers, but hands off of my cards!!” 😉


  3. I think that’s a great idea. I’ve been going through lots of my cards lately, and have realized that there are many that I wouldn’t mind getting rid of. I think I’ll give it a try on Halloween.


  4. I actually did that a few years ago. The cards were in addition to a small treat. Some kids got very excited and a few could have cared less. It was well worth the effort !! Gave to boys and girls alike.


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