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    Not a hello, but a warm, heartfelt, thoughtful goodbye!

    I have been trying to figure out how to write this for a while...
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    When I joined this site, I had about 200 cards, 3 of which were "good" cards at the time. The pride of my collection was a 2001 Sp Authentic Santana Moss patch RC card. I knew next to nothing about the hobby, the cards, or the players- I just wanted somewhere to trade my cards and meet some cool people.

    In both counts, I would say I was successful. I have (as of this typing) the second highest number of deals ever on SCF, and the highest feedback ever on this site. I obtained, traded, and sold hundreds of thousands of cards. I served on staff twice, helping the site grow and become the most successful site for trading on the internet for a good long while. I met amazing people, some of whom have become friends in real life, which was always a nice bonus!

    However- the fact is, things have changed. Most of my friends have moved on, either to new sites or to new hobbies. I have changed my focus as well, becoming a small time card dealer for my second job. While I still collect for me, I also am concerned with turning a profit on cards now, as it helps to support my lovely wife and I. The fact of the matter is, this site is not at the moment the thriving place it once was. Scott did a great job rebuilding and reworking the site, and I know the new owner will continue to make this site wonderful...but it just doesnt feel like home any more. I have changed my focus, I have changed my priorities, and I have changed the way I "do" cards- and for the most part, that doesnt fit here any more, I have realized.

    Today was the final proof to that, as a trader was unhappy because I had not matched a deal card for card, when the understanding was that we would both send small lots to each other to help each other's collections. And I realized something- I would rather do this hobby and this business elsewhere now- not because SCF isnt a great place- but because it isnt my place any more.

    Thank you!
    Thank you to all of the traders who I made awesome deals with! Thank you to those who made deals with me that didnt go so well, you helped me learn more about this hobby and about how to make deals online. Thanks to everyone who bought from me- I hope I gave you good deals on cards that you liked! Thanks to all who sold to me- I loved the cards- all of them!
    Thanks to Mike, Tony, George, Scott, Don, Ed, Chris, and all of the hundreds of other men and women I interacted with in a positive way. I cherish the friendships and memories far more than any cardboard.

    Peace out SCF- you were and always will be, my sports card home!

    Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you and all of your collections in the future! Find me on Facebook, find me at a NE Ohio show- or drop me a line just to say hi!

    With lots of love and respect
    Palantri (Ed Hutchinson)
    Looking for Mahomes, Cleveland Browns, or nice deals on football stuff!
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    Best wishes my friend

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    Good luck!
    Looking for RCs, Color Refractors/Prizms and #'d of Blaze Jordan, Vlad Jr, Bichette, Tatis Jr., Griffey, Jeter, Trout, Betts, Judge, Acuna, Soto, Dominguez, Jordan, Lebron, Luka, Trae, Ja, Zion, LaMelo, Brady, Mahomes, Herbert, Burrow. Also Looking for star Rookies/Prospects and 90s star inserts in any sport.
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    Ed
    Take care on your future.
    I know I received some nice cards from you for my Orioles collection over the years.

    I know what you mean on about doing other things
    A friend has started another site called SASE sports sigs.net and I am helping him get it started.
    Its kind of fun rebuilding from the beginning. We are only 5 members now but we are trying to grow . We still belong to other sites but it is a nice challenge.

    Again take care and I wish you the best

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    Ed- Sorry to see you go. Hopefully this won't be a true goodbye. I suppose many of us have had encounters on the site that were less than positive, but for me the positive still greatly outweighs the negative. I hope you will give the site another opportunity.
    Always looking for Graded Vintage (Pre-1980)

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    Goodbye my friend. Wish you the best :(

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    As a very new member who is still trying to figure this place out that was sad to read. Best wishes to you.

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    Happy to hear you've been able to re-evaluate your priorities, not an easy task. Too bad you won't be here going forward but I wish you all the best in the future!

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    I totally understand Ed and hope you the best! I too am going under a change in the hobby and what I want to collect! You will be missed brother!

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    Want to fill in my Emmitt Smith and Derek Jeter PCs! Let me know what you have for me!!

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    Interesting... Wish you the best!

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