Sunday, December 9, 2012

Trading a snowboard for something bigger and better

My Vintage Monopoly trading project has been at a bit of a standstill in recent months due to the fact that I moved after selling my house, and now I'm in the process of buying another house.

That is as far as I will get into any explanations!

The snowboard is still available, and I'm hoping that it will make someone a very nice Christmas present.  I've taken to posting the snowboard up for trade in local areas on Facebook more than craigslist because for some reason, craigslist has not been doing very well for me lately.

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The only stipulation for the trade that I need to make is that I need to trade for something bigger and better than a snowboard.  This is very subjective, and open to discussion.  Better doesn't mean more valuable, so make your offers... the more interesting the better in my opinion!

I will meet you anywhere to make this trade happen, so give me a call, text or email today!

Monday, September 17, 2012

UPDATED: Vintage Monopoly Car Traded for a $300 snowboard

I just finished up giving an interview to Jessie McDonough of ABC 57 South Bend!!  I will be featured on the news at 10pm EST on the WB25, and then again at 11pm on ABC 57!!

Here is a copy of the 10pm spot from WB 25:

McMonough spent about an hour talking about how I started with my grandma's vintage Monopoly car from an old incomplete set, and have been trading up items on Craigslist for a "Bigger & Better" item; with the ultimate goal of free-and-clear real estate of any kind!

Check out the whole traded items list here

Follow what trades I make at my Vintage Monopoly twitter account:

"Like" the project on facebook too!

I have a really nice snowboard up for trade, and would like to trade it for something bigger and better!!

Contact me by phone or text at 574-529-0428 or email at

Thanks for looking!

(BTW advertise on my page by emailing me your ideas)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thanks to Stacey Page Online!

I am happy to announce that I have been featured in an article on Stacey Page Online, a local up-to-the-minute news website for Kosciusko County, Indiana.

You can read the whole article here:

Stacey did a great job explaining what I am doing, and I am excited to review offers en route to more trades.

I am still trading the snowboard with bindings...

All bigger and better trades will be considered!

Keep up with the project on Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Getting you up to speed

The whole idea came from the One Red Paperclip guy who traded a single red paperclip for a house a few years back.  You can read all about it if you go to

I started my project, as you may have guessed, with a vintage Monopoly car from and old, incomplete set that had belonged to my grandmother.

View the whole list of items I've traded and what I traded for here.

I started this project on November 8, 2010.  Vintage Monopoly was born on that day.

Read my inaugural posting about what is going on here.  

The current item up for trade is a snowboard with bindings.  The original MSRP for the set is over $400.

As I have stated in the past, it is not necessarily the value of the item that is important to me when I make a trade.  I am looking to trade the Snowboard & Bindings for something bigger and better than it to keep the trades going, taking steps toward my final goal: a free-and-clear property such as a house or commercial real estate.  The red paperclip guy did it.  Why can't I?

Do you want to trade for the Snowboard & Bindings?  If you have interest in making a trade, give me a call, text, or email and we can discuss it!

The only thing that I ask is that I be able to document the trade here on this site.

Call or text: (574) 529-0428

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Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Making Trades Again "Barter King" Style: K2 Satellite Snowboard and K2 V9 Bindings

So I was just thinking the other day about how much I love, and was talking with my plumber about it when he was over removing a toy one of my kids put down the toilet.  We got talking about the kinds of stuff you can buy and sell there.

Naturally, the project I am working on came up.  Talking about it rekindled my passion for the trade, and I posted the trading cards from the previous trade on Craigslist on August 13, 2012.

By the next day I received two offers.

The trade offer I accepted was for a K2 Satellite Wide Snowboard.

I posted in the South Bend, Indiana Craigslist, and got a reply from a Waterlviet, Michigan man who wanted to trade this:
He originally got it from a storage unit auction, and had no interest in risking his life to the slopes, but he is an avid card collector, boasting a 500k+ card collection.  He was excited to make the trade and I wish him the best!

Here are the K2 Satellite Wide Specs:

K2 Satellite Wide 158cm Snowboard - Current Value ~ $200

K2 Satellite Wide 158 cm Snowboard with K2 V9 Bindings 158 cm K2 Satellite Snowboard
Bindings:  K2 V9 Current Value ~ $170
K2 V9 Bindings
This team driven workhorse is ideally suited for aggressive all mountain/ freeride/ park/ pipe all season anarchy. The infinity Plasma suspension's stiff high back perfectly translates every whim directly into action. The flexible base plate is perfect for tweaking and stomping huge landings. Features Plasma infinity base plate with flex zone suspension. Bio-Pod Ankle Strap with Big Throw extruded aluminum ratchet buckles. Adjustable toe ramp with soft touch TPU grip pods. Aluminum Flip Lock lean adjuster.

Victor, an avid card collector from Watervliet, MI was happy to
make the trade of his snowboard for these 5,000 trading cards.

See what I traded to get this awesome snowboard 

The name of the game is bigger and better folks!  

If you have an item that is bigger and /or better than this snowboard that you're willing to trade me for, then give me a call, text, or email and let me know about your trade.

(574) 529-0428


If you are new to this site, I suggest you read up on where I came from to get to this point in trading.

Vintage Monopoly: A Bigger & Better Story

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Trading Cards to trade!

So I'm in the middle of this game of Bigger & Better, looking to trade 15 cards from assorted sports that are worth approximately $185, as well as a box of about 5,000 more cards worth an additional $60.  It's not so important to me that I trade for an item that is more valuable than these cards.

The NAME OF THE GAME is Bigger & Better!

Do you have an interesting item, that's bigger & better than these cards?

Vintage Monopoly is the moniker that I've chosen for this game of bigger & better, after being inspired by the 2006 story at  I too had played this game as a teenager in my youth group, and I knew someday I would give it a shot.  I figured, "Hey, if a writer can make a trading game work on a website, then surely I, a website designer could do the same!"

You may know that I started this bigger & better game with a Vintage Monopoly car, and you can read about that here.

A few of the more valuable cards in the current trade are Mike Hart rookie autographed cards, so I've taken to the Kalamazoo craigslist, since Mike Hart is currently a coach at a college in Michigan.

If you have a trade for these cards, contact me via cal or text at (574) 529-0428 or email!

Until next time!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Trade #5 - Handmade Knife for Card Collection

Well, the knife, sheath, and leather rose are traded! I enjoyed having the knife, and appreciate the trade, but if I am to keep this Vintage Monopoly Bigger and Better Story going, then I have to keep making trades!

I traded the Knife, sheath, and rose barrette for 15 premium trading cards shown below, as well as about 5,000 more cards which I went through a a few of them, and found a few names I recognized like Bo Jackson, Tom Chambers (HA!), Boomer Esiason, Clyde Drexler, Curt Schilling, Dominique Wilkins, Drew Bledsoe, Moses Malone, Kirby Puckett, Michael Strahan, Charles Oakley, Darren Woodson (rookie), Ivan Rodriguez, (9) 1987 Garbage Pail Kids, and tons more Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Comics cards.

Originally, I had been offered a trade for the 15 cards listed here:
  • (1) Ryan Fitzpatrick Prime 3 colored jersey card numbered to 99 print run.Book Value $15
  • (2) Mike Hart Rookie autographed cards.Book Value $30
  • (1) Kevin Johnson jersey card. Book Value $12
  • (1) Kenny Britt End Zone Patch. Book Value $12
  • (1) Tim Hightower End Zone Patch. Book Value $12
  • (1) Luke Getsy Rookie autographed card. Book Value $12
  • (1) JaMarcus Russell jersey card numbered to 100 print run. Book Value $12 
  • (1) Joe Flacco jersey card. Book Value $12 
  • (1) Bubba Trammel rookie autographed card. Book Value $15 
  • (1) Calvin Pickering rookie autographed card. Book Value $12
  • (1) Johan Santana red jersey card. Book Value $10
  • (1) Richie Sexton jersey card. Book Value $10
  • (1) Freddie Jones autographed Rookie Card. Book Value $8
  • (1) Jaren Grob (Roller Blade) autographed card. Book Value $10
These for a total value of $185, and that's just for these 15!

There are a lot more cards in here:
Total Value of the WHOLE set: $245.00
If you are interested in making a trade for these cards, please let me know by phone or text and (574)529-0428 or email me at

Brian, the man whom I traded with, is an avid hunter, and although he said he probably won't hunt with the knife, was excited to have it, and I'm happy that he can enjoy it for many years to come.

If you are looking to buy sell, or trade cards, let me know, and I'll get you in touch with Brian.  He has been actively trading cards since 1991, and did a deal with over 100,000 at one time before.