What is NeonMob?

NeonMob is a community of artists and designers from all over the world creating original trading card series for everyone to discover and enjoy. Open packs and trade cards to complete series, reach milestones, and collect incredible art. The joy and nostalgia of collecting is captured in this social marketplace that never runs out of beautiful and inventive collectibles.

Independent artists contribute to the large and growing marketplace of original trading card series available on NeonMob. Click the links below to get an overview on how to begin your NeonMob adventure!

How does trading work?

There are several ways to start trading on NeonMob: you can visit other collectors' profile or collection pages; you can search for cards you need; and you can also start trading from within your own collection. The image below shows an example view of a collection on the website. For each series, you see the cards you own, while unowned cards have empty slots.

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When you don't own a card, hover your mouse over the empty slot and two buttons will appear: on the left is the "Owners" button, and on the right is the “Wishlist” button. When hovering over an unowned card, it will look like this:

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Clicking on “Wishlist” will card this card to your your wishlist, letting potential trade partners know the cards you are actively seeking.

"Owners" pulls up a list of owners, along additional information about them. "Trader Grade" tells how responsive a trader is, "Owned" tells you how many copies of this card a trader owns, and “Series Completion" tells you how much progress that person has made toward completing the series.

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Once you select a trading partner, you can begin the process of assembling a trade offer by clicking on the “TRADE” button. The image below shows a trade window with the beginnings of a trade offer.

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Your trading partner’s cards are listed on the left side of the screen; your cards are listed on the right side of the screen. To add cards to the trade, click on the “+ ADD” button on your side and select which card to include in your trade proposal. You can add up to 5 cards in a trade on both side … but remember that you will have more success if you make fair and balanced trades.

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Once you have selected the cards you would like to trade, click the “OFFER TRADE” button in the bottom right corner of the window to submit your trade offer. 

After submitting your offer, your trading partner has 48 hours to respond before the offer automatically expires. They may accept, decline, or counter-offer your trade. Likewise, you may withdraw or modify your trade offer.

How does trading work on the iOS app?

Trading on the iOS app can be easily initiated from any series collection. Go to Your Collection > Series > Unowned to see the cards you still need to collect in that particular series.

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Scroll through the Unowned list and find the particular card you are seeking. Click on the “Trade for it” button to pull up the Owners list.

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Just like the website, the Owners list shows the Trader Grade (“Grade”), Series Completion (“%”), and Number of Cards Owned (“#”) to help you find an optimal trading partner. Selecting any user will pull up the trade window.

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Your trading partner’s card are on the top of this window; your cards are on the bottom of this window. Use the “+” symbols to add cards on each side. Once your cards are selected, click the “Offer Trade” button at the bottom of the window.

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That’s it, your trade offer has been sent!

Do you have any trading tips?

Find a good trading partner

It is advantageous, but sometimes challenging, to find an optimal trading partner. A good place to start is with the information provided on the owners page:

  • "Trader Grade" shows how responsive a trader is to accepting offers
  • "Owned" reveals you how many copies of this card a trader owns
  • “Series Completion" tracks how close a trader is to completing the series
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Let’s start with Traders Grades. The trading accessibility of each owner is measured by a letter grade A through F. Owners with an A+ trader grade answer every single offer and accept a high volume of trades; Owners with an F trade grade rarely, if ever, respond. Owners with a high trade grade are less likely to allow a trade offer to expire, meaning you will get a response more quickly. Selecting a trade partner with a higher trade grade greatly increases your odds of a having your trade accepted or receiving a counter-offer. 

Another great tip is to look at the Owned column to find owners with duplicates of the sought-after card. Traders with duplicates (2x or more) are more likely to part with one of their cards then to break up their collection.  

Use the Series Completion percentage to find collectors still actively working to finish the series. Owners with lower series completion percentages may need your help in completing the series and could provide more trade options. But don’t forget owners at 100% completion as they may be more willing to give away duplicates when trading across different series. 

Remember, you can toggle any of the above options to reorganize the owners list to fit your specific need. Try different combinations and scroll through the list to search the results. 

Use the Message button to communicate with potential trade partners if you have any specific questions about their collection or what they might be looking for in exchange. This is especially useful in discussing hard-to-find out-of-print card trades, in proposing a cross-series exchange, or when offering multiple trades at once.  


Make compelling trade offers

Now that you have selected a trade partner, here are some tips to keep in mind to make a successful trade offer:

  • Offer a fair and balanced trade: When building your trade, you can select up to five cards on each side. You will have the most success when making a fair offer based on rarities and number of cards offered. A Chase for a Chase is a great offer; a Rare and a Common for a Chase is not. 
  • Add a little extra: Looking to swap Very Rare for Very Rare on a series? Throw in that Common or Uncommon they are missing to help seal the deal. 
  • Give them what they want: When constructing your offer, stick to series your trade partner is already collecting. The cards you offer from an unfamiliar series might not be as valuable to your partner as they are to you.  

Meet other Collectors

Looking to expanding your trading circle? Join our communities to meet other collectors, post your wishlists, and find trade offers:

NeonMob Forums

NeonMobsters Facebook Group

Are all cards of the same rarity equally rare?

Within the same series, you can assume that cards of the same rarities are equally numbered. However, across different series, the number of copies of each rarity will often differ. Be sure to take into account when trading. (More on rarities here.)  

As an example, the following trade shows a trade with two extremely rare cards. Although both cards are extremely rare, these cards are not equally scarce because 200 copies of "Air Joe" exist while there are 1200 copies of "KEV-19."

Remember, some limited edition cards can have thousands of copies while others have just a few hundred or even just a few dozen. Some cards have no print limit whosoever; this occurs for unlimited edition series. The lesson: be mindful when trading that cards of the same rarity are not equally scarce or valuable across different series.

I have two copies of the same card. Which will I give away if I offer one in a trade?

When a collector owns more than one of the same card, the highest numbered card is always traded away.  For example, a collector who owns card #2 and card #202 will always give away card #202 first. This happens regardless of whether the collector has started the trade or is responding to another collector's offer.  Having this rule ensures a collector won’t accidentally trade away cards with low numbers, which are typically valued by collectors more highly.

What are trader grades?

Each collector is assessed a trader grade A - F which reflects their responsiveness to trade offers. All collectors begin with a trader grade of B. Your trader grade will then increase or decrease over time depending on how responsive you are to trade offers. 

Collectors receive lower grades for allowing trades to expire after 48 hours without responding either through accepting the trade, declining the trade, or countering the trade. Collectors receive higher grades for offering equitable trades and responding quickly to trade offers. The higher the trader grade, the less likely the collector will allow a trade offer to expire. For example, Happy The Dog has a trader grade of A+ (the best possible) and responds quickly to all trade offers.

Having an A+ grade does not mean a collector is more likely to accept a trade offer, but it does mean they will respond one way or another. In this way, trader grades can be a helpful tool in choosing a reliable trading partner. Trader grades are shown for each collector when you initiate a trade.

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Collectors with higher trader grades receive many more trade offers than collectors without. Trade regularly and responsibly to keep your trader grade at an A+ to maximize your trading opportunities!

What happens if a trade I propose is declined?

Nothing. There is no penalty to either collector if a trade is declined. After 48 hours, trades that are not accepted or declined expire automatically. To make a trade more appealing, consider offering more cards. Pay attention to your trading partner's collection to be sure you are offering cards that would be interesting to that collector.

Can I offer the same trade to more than one person?

Yes, and then the race is on! The first collector to respond will be able to accept your trade. If a trade cannot be completed due to the artworks no longer being available when a collector responds to an offer, the transaction will not go through.  When you have multiple trades that contain the same card, the first trade accepted will trigger an auto-decline or auto-withdraw for all remaining trades.

How can I turn off trade offers?

You can disable trade offers through your account settings on both web and iOS. This feature will disable trade offers, both inbound and outbound, and will also disable all trade notification emails. You cannot have any outstanding trade offers pending in order to disable trades.


Disabling trade offers on web
To disable trades on the website, go to the account settings page. To reach this page, hover over your profile icon in the top right corner of the site navigation and click on the “Account Settings” link.

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Once on the account settings page, scroll down past profile information and email subscriptions until you see the following toggle in the YES position.

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To disable trades, switch this toggle to the NO position. Switch back to YES to enable trades again.

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Disabling trade offers on iOS
To disable trades on the iOS app, go to the account settings page. To reach this page, first click on the profile icon in the bottom right corner of the navigation.

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You will be taken to the My Profile page of your account.

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From the My Profile page, you can reach account settings by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page.

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Once on the account settings page, scroll down past your personal information to the Disable Trades toggle. Click on the toggle until it goes to the right and is colored like the image below. 

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Once the Disable Trades toggle is moved to the right, scroll to the top of the account settings page to save your changes and disable trades. You will see the Save button in the top right hand corner after you have switched the toggle. Reverse this process to enable trades again. 

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How do I block another NeonMob user?

Not all NeonMobsters have to be your best friends. In the (hopefully rare!) instance that you wish to block another NeonMob user, you can do so in just a few simple steps:

1. Open a chat message with the user. You can do this from the "Trades & Messages" tab or by clicking "Message" on the profile of the user.

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2. Look for the "Block" button near the top of the chat window. 

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Clicking on this icon, and the user will be locked from messaging you, initiating new trades with you, and search for you in the friends search. If the blocked user attempts to message you or initiate a trade, these options will be greyed out and appear unavailable.

To unblock a user, go to that user's profile and open a message with them. Click the "Unblock" button. All messaging and trading features will be immediately restored, and you will appear available to them if they search for you.

In the event you are experiencing harassment or trolling, please do not hesitate to contact the NeonMob community team at support@neonmob.com, in addition to blocking the offending user.