The 45 Traders were inspired by the excitement we would feel getting trading cards and not knowing who you will get. The little toys, a bit of a sweet treat, and the wonder of the subject in the cards. With enough genres, musicians, labels and presses available you can see how we plan on doing this for a long time. We have 7 more packs planned for this year, almost every one will be with a collaborator. The research involved and the thought put into this is extensive. The time to collect these records takes a lifetime. We are stoked to share the history, the stories, and the joy we have gained from collecting vinyl records.
45 Trading Cards! These beautifully printed and hand embellished cards are a hoot for folks who collect. Whether you collect records or don’t want that structural burden on your house these cards spark joy and are lightweight. Each card is researched, my favorite way to get tidbits historians wouldn’t get are the little things that interviews give, and many books, and podcasts (holler if you find any music history podcasts!). Lots of fun learning then compressing hours of research to a few lines, which is not easy when you find everything fascinating. We tried to write for the heads and hoped we could give them something they wouldn’t have known.
There are a few ways you will be able to collect them if you so wish. Record labels and subsidiaries are the color on the back of the card. The artist's name is on one end. The color in the corner is the country it was printed in or just collect the whole set! The corners will change with the genre. The legend provided with each pack tells you how to read the grid and tells you what the little illustrations mean.
Included in the pack is a magnifying glass, a sticker, a candy, and 8 of the possible 11 cards. With the first 42 packs having a special edition card.
The 45 Traders is a journey in all the genres we want (we have a wild packed year of releases!), helping us move toward our goal of releasing music, and share our passion for history and music. This release is an expansion of what we thought we were capable of. Took You Long Enough Records is honored and proud to present,The Picture Sleeve Edition of The 45 Traders.
45 Traders are collectors cards for 45rpm records a.k.a singles. Each pack comes with 8 of the 11 possible cards. The first 42 packs will have a special Edwin Starr card. Besides the cards you get a little bit of pure joy, Haw flake candy stamped with our TYLE logo (in food coloring of course) a beloved in our household and to share our culture while giving a nod to the gum included in baseball card packs, a sticker, a magnifying glass, and a QR code that takes you to the mix of the music. The Picture Sleeve Edition, the first of many on our way to reaching musical goals and having a space for sharing our passion for records and history.
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One of a kind card collection beautifully designed with bits of info on each one for collectors and music lovers alike.