I had recently stumbled across a shop on Etsy offering an interesting product. For those of you that don’t know what Etsy is, it’s a site that is, in their own words, the ‘world’s handmade marketplace.’ It allows individuals to manage a virtual shop front to sell handmade/custom wares to the world over.
This particular shop that I came across is called Don’t Tread On Meme, and they have what they call ‘Silver Trading Cards’ as one of their products. Above are some images of a few of those cards. They have an individual mercury or roosevelt dime with a ‘trading card’ enclosed in a plastic sleeve and a silver valuation chart on the back.
For those that don’t know what a meme is:
It was originally coined by Richard Dawkins in ‘The Selfish Gene’ and has come to represent ‘an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.’ A unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.
From their donttreadonmeme site:
Don’t Tread On Meme is the marketing effort for an economics project.
We believe in peaceful evolution to a voluntary society and honest money.
Every day, people like you act with kindness, consent, and when conflicts arise they tend to find win-win solutions. They seek restitution, not retribution. They honor their agreements.
They wish to develop their talents and simply live without asking permission from whom none is due.
They want to build stable businesses at home and abroad without artificial barriers, distortions, or a rigged system of accounting.
DTOM embraces a world of diversity and prosperity and we believe that what unites us all is the desire to share our talents and exchange our creations.
We believe defensive force to be a universal human right, in contrast to aggressive force which is a regressive path for civilization. Therefore we reject the initiation of force whether it is done in the first person or in the case of non-consensual fees and “nanny” controls which are simply an outsourcing of the initiation of force.
Because we believe in living by consent and not coercion, trade and not violence, agreements and not orders, we embrace a currency familiar to millions and one not easily manipulated, cheated, inflated, or embezzled.
We find silver coin to be that currency.
We seek an alternative from the boom & bust, pump & dump schemes of government central banks and fractional-reserve banking cartels. We read Austrian Economics.
Initially I had thought of posting a link to the site for those of you that are interested in collecting novel items such as these cards. I also thought it could potentially be another way to help spread the word in supporting another group of individuals in their effort in making a difference. I see these cards as a marketable and attractive way to get more buyers involved in reshaping the current paradigm and think they are good way to introduce silver as real, honest money to younger people.
But upon viewing their store front, I had noticed a link to request a custom item. Immediately I had thought how badass it would be to have some customized trading cards with graphics and quotes that were affiliated with the ideas and tenets of DTOM, TGTNT, SOLA, etc., series. I had sent Chris an email mentioning this and he had said to make a post asking to get feedback from those that visit the site. One suggestion of his was that the front side should have something eye catching while the back side should have information and links that people could use to educate themselves with.
The hope is to have you offer some input or share your opinion in determining what type of imagery/designs/quotes you would like to see on some cards such as these… or if there would even be enough members/readers that would actually purchase this type of item before making such a request from the owners of donttreadonmeme.com. I would think that if there was a limited run on some cards with images and quotes from the site, it would be a rare and novel item for members/readers to have later on down the road and would make for a great conversation starter while promoting the projects behind the Don’t Tread On Me site.
So, if you think this would be a great way to help promote the DTOM site and Chris’ work while enlisting the artistic talents of this small freedom loving business, feel free to make a comment or a suggestion. Just going off of their sale price of two cards at $8.70 and $2.00 for shipping, kind of gives you a rough idea of their cost with a limited run of a dozen or so from what i can see. (I have no idea if there would be a discount or wholesale purchase available if there is a sizable amount requested)
With enough ideas from those that would like to see and purchase something like this, hopefully a request to make some custom ‘Silver Trading Cards’ for the members and viewers of this site by donttreadonmeme.com can be honored. If you have no specific ideas but would still be interested in purchasing DTOM, TGTNT, SOLA designed cards, please say so, as that would still give us an idea as to whether this is worth pursuing.
Here are the links to the shop and their site if you would like to purchase some of their cards and other apparel.
For you artisans and craftmakers out there that would like to sell your goods and trinkets or those that would like to buy handmade items…
*For the record, I have no affiliation or receive any kickback commission at all with the promotion or sale of items from these sites.
**I have yet to send any correspondence in regards to this request, to the owners of donttreadonmeme.com as of this moment.
Here are some more examples: