Trading Cards a Popular Fundraiser

Almost every team must fundraise to pay for travel...
Almost every team must fundraise to pay for travel to various tournaments throughout the year. No. 64 Utah Crimson Fliers (Salt Lake City, UT) have been selling quidditch trading cards for the past several years at tournaments such as Quidditch World Cup V, Utah Snow Cup, and Western Cup. Their cards have been a great fundraiser as well as an excellent way to encourage interaction between players of different teams. quidditch trading cards slider The Utah Crimson Fliers design trading cards as a fundraiser | Trading cards designed by Jen Jewell; Image by Kat Ignatova

The quidditch trading cards were originally designed by Crimson Fliers player George Williams for World Cup V. Now Jen Jewell, assistant manager of the Crimson Fliers, works on designing the cards, which take longer to make than some people may expect. “The Snow Cup cards probably took me about 30 hours to 40 hours total, and we made 112 of them,” said Jewell. In addition to designing the cards, she works with a few other people on her team to create captions. The long hours paid off, as the 1,200 cards printed for the Snow Cup sold out in under an hour.

“Generally what we do for a tournament that we are attending or someone asks us to do cards for is set up a form on Google Docs where we get all the player's information. Once that's all done, based on how many cards we have total, we decide how many packs we'll have printed and we send that to our printer. Usually we try to do 10-15 copies of every card except for the rare cards,” explained Jewell. Online ordering is also available through PayPal on their website, and more information can be found on the Quidditch Trading Cards Facebook Page.

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Designing cards, such as the ones seen above, can take quite a bit of time. | Cards by Jen Jewell

For World Cup VI, Jewell said they plan on printing 20 copies of every player card, with over 500 unique cards. Jewell also hopes that next season the Crimson Fliers can design cards for even more tournaments.

“The cards were originally intended to encourage people to socialize with other players. If you buy [a] random pack of nine and don't get cards you want, then you're encouraged to trade with other people,” explained Jewell. “It's a great fundraiser for us, and it's fun. Technically you can have everyone in the universe have one of your t-shirts, but with trading cards you can always make new cards.”