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 collect incredible art, reach milestones, and complete series. 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!

Why does the rarity of a card matter?

A card’s rarity gives collectors a general idea of the odds of receiving that card type when opening a series pack. The higher the rarity, the lower your odds of receiving one in a pack. Higher rarities such as extremely rare or chase cards are intrinsically more valuable to collectors because there are less of them made available to collect. In other words, lower supply = higher value. 

The rarity of a card matters most when trading with other collectors as it is a good indication of the card's value to the collecting community. You will find the most success when offering balanced trades based on card rarities and series type: unlimited vs. limited edition series.

Please note: For limited edition series, rarities are only relative to other cards within the same series because each limited edition series has a different, finite number of total cards available for collection. For unlimited edition series, rarities are the same across all sets. 

Are all cards of the same rarity equally rare?

Within the same series you can assume that cards of the same rarity are equally weighted. In other words, one rare is just as difficult to acquire as another rare in the same series. So when you are trading within the same series, it is easy to gauge the value of a card relative to the other cards in the series … common = common, uncommon = uncommon, and so forth. But what about when you are trading across different series?

Differences in the number of total cards in a series, rarity distribution between series, number of prints of a specific card, series run time, and other factors all contribute to how difficult any one card is to find. For example, the image below shows a trade between collectors with two extremely rare cards from different series. Although each card is extremely rare, these cards are not equally hard to find because of the number of prints for each card is not equal. In the example below, this extremely rare “Air Joe” card is more scarce in comparison to the extremely rare “KEV-19” card because only 200 copies of this “air Joe” card exist while there are 1200 copies of the “KEV-19” card in circulation.

Remember, some cards can have thousands of copies while others have just a few hundred or even just a few dozen … this happens with limited edition series. Some cards have no print limit at all … this happens with unlimited edition series. So when you are trading across different series, be mindful that cards of the same rarity might not be equally hard to obtain or may be more valuable to collectors because of their scarcity.

What are the benefits of trading with other NeonMob collectors?

In addition to collecting cards by opening packs, expand your collection by making trade offers with other collectors for cards you really want. Trading is the most direct and efficient way to get the cards you need to complete any series you are collecting. Why wait and hope to pull the exact card you need when you can trade an unwanted card and get it now?

Speaking of unwanted cards, trading is a good way to cull your collection of duplicate cards or cards you no longer want to keep. Use duplicates to entice a collector to trade you the last cards you need to complete a series you are both collecting. No longer collecting a series? Trade those unwanted cards to an interested collector for cards in a series you like more. Keep your collection tidy, finish series more quickly, and help out your fellow collectors … trading is a win, win, win!

Most importantly, trading helps in the long term by connecting you with a large community of fellow collectors all working to help one another complete series. The larger your trading network, the more trading opportunities, the better your odds of finding the cards you want.

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So trade often and get to know other collectors … you never know who could be the perfect trade partner in the future!

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. For example, the image below shows 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 add this card to your your wishlist, letting potential trade partners know which cards you are actively seeking.

Clicking on "Owners" pulls up a list of card owners along with additional information about them. "Trader Grade" tells you how responsive a trader is to trade requests; "Owned" tells you how many copies of this card a trader has in their collection; 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 sides … but remember, 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!

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 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!

If I have duplicates of a card, which will I give away in a trade?

If a collector owns more than one copy of the same card, the highest numbered card is always selected for trading. For example, if a collector owns card #2 and card #202 in a series then card #202 will be traded away. The highest numbered card is always selected for trading regardless of whether a collector is initiating a trade or responding to a trade request. This rule ensures that collectors cannot accidentally trade away low numbered cards as they are typically more highly valued by collectors.

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

Yes … and then the race is on! Only the first collector to respond will be able to accept your trade. When you have multiple trades that contain the same card, the first trade accepted will trigger an auto-decline or auto-withdrawal for all remaining trades containing this card. This is true even if you have duplicates of the card you are trading. If a trade cannot be completed due to cards no longer being available when a collector responds to an offer, the transaction will not go through.

What happens if a trade I propose is declined?

Nothing, there is no penalty to either collector if a trade offer is responded to and declined. If your trade is declined, make a trade more appealing by including more high-quality cards in your offer. Also, check your trading partner's wishlist to be sure you are offering cards that are of interest to that collector. Finally, you can directly message your trade partner to see if they might have any special requests to include from your collection.

After 48 hours, trades that are not accepted or declined expire automatically. There is no penalty to the trader if an offer expires with no response from the trade recipient. But, allowing a trade to expire without a response may impact the trade recipient’s trader grade. Make sure to sign in every day to respond to trade requests and keep your trader grade at an A+!

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 offers they receive

  • "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 Trader Grades. The responsiveness of each trader is measured by a letter grade A through F. Those collectors with an A+ trader grade answer every single offer and accept a high volume of trades; collectors with an F trade grade rarely, if ever, respond. Collectors with a high trader grade are less likely to allow a trade offer to expire, meaning the higher the trader grade the more likely a response. Selecting a trade partner with a high trader 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 collectors with duplicates of your sought-after card. Collectors with duplicates (2x or more) are more likely to part with one of their duplicate cards then to break up their collection and give away the only copy they own.  

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 trades featuring hard-to-find out-of-print card, 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 construct 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 in the same series 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. Check their wishlist to identify cards to include in your offer. 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

NeonMob Discord

NeonMobsters Facebook Group

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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3. Click on this icon and the user will be blocked from messaging you, initiating new trades with you, and searching 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. Any documentation that you can provide of the offending messages will be held strictly confidential.

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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