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On few occasions you even do a trade right then and there with another collector.
And if you’ve been card hunting for years, the merchants will know you and set decks aside for you. e Bay and other auction sites make life easier too, but they have changed the nature of collecting drastically.
Something that every collector will recognize is “the buzz” that a special find will give.
Your heart rate will go up, causing a faint dizziness and warm feeling that may even result in wet palms or armpits. It was on a flea market, where we found a “Kroonkaart” deck (by the Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland) almost hidden among steel machinery parts.
We noticed it, grabbed it and quickly bought it, as the price was ridiculously low.
In the early days of e Bay there were not that many collectors there, so bargains could be found.
Holding and studying playing cards up close will tell you things about the technique, their makers sometimes, and their topics.
The more antique and vintage decks that are found the more we can tell about the history of playing cards and the “fashions” in their development.
And then you would get your buzz by bidding in the last minute, staring at the screen and waiting in the dying seconds to see if you were the lucky one. Nowadays if there’s a special deck on auction, it will never go at a bargain price anymore.
So for the last 5 or 6 years we’ve frequented regional small markets, antique shops and garage sales again too.