- TouchBase has released collectible trading cards featuring Silicon Valley’s top investors and advisors.
- Cards include notable investors like Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham and Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen.
- The cards include stats for each investor, like their total number of investments and number of exits.
- A pack of five cards goes for $US59.99.
Ever think you’d hear someone say: “I’ll trade you a Paul Graham for a Marc Andreessen?”
A San Francisco company is hoping that the tech industry’s biggest VC dealmakers have attained the same kind of celebrity status that has driven kids to trade baseball cards for generations.
New collectible trading cards, created by a company called TouchBase, feature Silicon Valley’s top investors and advisors, including Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley, and Mary Meeker, formerly a partner at Kleiner Perkins.
The cards include stats for each investor, like their total number of investments and number of exits.
They’re also not cheap. A pack of five cards goes for $US59.99.
But, as TouchBase mentions on their website, “the VCs featured have had multiple exits, but are on their way to more. This makes their cards highly collectible.”
Some of the rarest VC cards include Don Valentine (Sequoia, an investor in Atari), Mike Markkula (Angel, an investor in Apple), and Jenny Lee (GGV, an investor in Alibaba). A recent Boing Boing report showed one lucky collector scored a Sam Altman in their pack.
A TouchBase spokesperson wouldn’t confirm how many different VC cards exist today, but said it’s “always creating new series.” In fact, on the company’s website, visitors can suggest new investors or founders that they’d like to see added to the collection.
To view the entire collection, TouchBase is offering a limited number of private showings in their San Francisco office.
Packs will start shipping in November – right in time for the holidays.