Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ebay, Look Out!

My youngest, who will turn 8, G-d willing in a couple of months, went through his POKEMON cards phase. "Abba, can we buy a pack after school?" "Eema, I promise this will be the last time I ask you for a pack." How many times did we hear that refrain?

Yes, we bought him a limit. We bought him a collector tin and special cards that went with it.

These cards were traded back and forth between friends, but my kid (not always so wise) would even trade some of his new, crisp cards for dog-eared, weathered-looking other cards. We tried to teach him how to do a wise trade, but he's his own man.

Perhaps shul isn't the place for the POKEMON cards, so what did the kid do? He put his cards in a Torah Cards collectors portfolio. We would tell people at shul, "Do you want to see Noam's Torah Cards?" And he'd reveal what was really between the covers, beaming wholeheartedly.

Yesterday, I realized that he hasn't touched his cards in a LONG, LONG time. His collectors portfolio sits on our front hallway bench from the last time he took it to shul to show his friends.

I made a remark: "Noam, you haven't played with your POKEMON cards in a long time."

Noam: "I know.... I can sell them on eBay."

Me: "Who told you that?!" (hiding the laughter)

Noam: "Nobody."

So maybe Noam isn't the best at trading cards, but eBay you'd better look out for this 7-year-old. I'm really curious as to what he'll want to price these cards! The sky's the limit...


Ayelet said...

Oh, Lord! My (oldest)son's turning 8 this week and he's just begun his Pokemon phase. The most ridiculous thing is that he has no idea what to do with them except look at them, hold them, etc. We don't have a TV so it's really all over his head but that doesn't take away from their appeal! Would your son consider giving another boy's mom a really good deal so I can dole them out as prizes as needed?

torontopearl said...

Ayelet, I'll have to confer with Noam. He was very flippant in his response to me, but I didn't tell him that "Abba doesn't know" that the kid wants to get rid of them. It was a hefty investment of its own kind and i'm not certain I want him to part with them just yet, either. But if the time comes...we'll let you know!
The kids trade these card; they read the stats and details on them, know what they all mean and trade them up for better ones. Last year, they were such a hot commodity at school that some were stolen! (we're talking grade one kids at an Orthodox jewish day school!)
Whenever Noam reads me stats and details on these cards, I just nod and say "uh-huh" as if I know what he's talking about!

Anonymous said...

That's hysterical. and I love the name noam. thats my cousins name!

PsychoToddler said...

Noam? I practically live with 'im!