Paul Bines is a lover of collectibles and non-sport trading cards. He hosts a podcast called UKCardCast, in which he speaks about non-sport trading cards and frequently does interviews with trading card reps and sketch card artists. Since its inception he has expanded to another podcast called Behind the Canvas, an exclusive show to interview artists about their work and influences. One of his most frequent guests is Harris Toser, Production Manager for Non-Sport Update Magazine, in which they talk about upcoming projects and trade good natured jabs with one another. Twice a year Non-Sport Update hosts a show in Allentown, PA exclusively for the non-sports trading card industry, and Paul, being from the UK, has never attended the show, which is drawing in on its 55th edition in October. Paul does these podcasts because of his love of the hobby and the people involved. All paid for by himself.
I am an artist of sketch cards for these sets and I am a fan of Paul and his work. I have never even exchanged an IM or e-mail with Paul, much less met him before, but I would like to try to get donations (original art, boxes, etc.) together from artists or collectors in order to auction them off to raise money for airfare to bring Paul to the October show. I estimate about $1200 would be needed for the airfare and hotel costs, if any additional money is raised beyond that point I purpose it be given to Paul to help offset his costs for his regular podcasts. I personally am willing to put a few Personal Sketch Cards up for auction, plus an Artist Proof from the current Rittenhouse Archives set I am working on. (Availability late 2011) Anything anyone can give to help one of our own in this industry would be greatly appreciated.
Full disclosure time. I will be appearing at the October show as a guest in Artist Alley, so obviously this would be an opportunity for me to meet him as well. However if enough money cannot be raised by that point, I have no problem continuing to work with the fund until next years show. I will still work to get this deed done, irregardless how events proceed between now and October. Let it be noted as well that this is my idea, this has caught Paul entirely by surprise. He is flattered and "would not refuse it, if offered." Also I have made inquires to Harris Toser about his thoughts on the project, and has been generously acting as a go between Paul and myself. Though this has no official involvement with Non-Sport Update Magazine.
I have only recently started drawing sketch cards in the past couple of years and have subsequently made new friends, met some terrific artists and become a fan of the hobby in my own right. Paul has been a collector for over fifteen years and is one of the moderators and founding members of the Non-Sport Update online message board "Card Talk". Many of us, artists and collectors alike, are often asked to give charities and other worthwhile organizations, and while this can easily be deemed a more non-essential type of cause, I feel that this would be a grand gesture from the sketch card community, to help one of our own. If only to "jump across the pond" and share with many of his own on-line friends and colleagues in the hobby that Paul dedicates so much of his own time and money too. I have my own day job, and listening to his podcasts helps me get through the day, hear about new artists and sometimes get jobs myself. I think it is very much a worthwhile effort that I believe we can all help on. He has always joked on his podcast to Harris that he would "need a benefactor to get him to the show." We can be his benefactor for him to get to the show he's always heard about, but never attended.
So if anybody is interested in donating directly go to [link]
or would like more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: GET PAUL TO THE PHILLY SHOW!
And if this is the first you are hearing of his podcast, check it out [link]
Chris "Cabbie" Bradberry