In a strange turn of events, the once obscure Acronym and Initials Trading Cards by Literary Trading Cards (LTC) are overtaking the once popular Pokémon, Star Wars, and baseball trading cards.
Dave Adams-Villa, Esquire (or just DAVE to his friends) was shocked when he learned of the social media buzz of his Acronym Trading Cards.
Says Dave, "They were never really popular, and we never really understood why! There are too many acronyms in the world and we started the cards as a tool to help employees remember all the acronyms in their line of work. The US Military as over a billion and that's just in the Navy. If you add the other three branches, as well as the Coast Guard, then that's about 5 billion more!"
Teenagers, university students, as well as die-hard trading collectors are keeping the Acronym Trading Cards (ATC) flying off the shelf.
John Forrester, world acclaimed acronymologist finally feels some sort of vindication for his life long love of acronyms. He has been studying the history and use of acronyms for the better part of his adult life.
"I went to the half off book store the other day and had to fight my way through the crowds only to find out that the Gold Edition longest acronym card was sold out," stated an annoyed Mr. Forrester.
Incidentally, the card in question is blue with gold highlights and a graphic of a Navy SEAL along with American flag. It has the acronym, ADCOMSUBORDCOMPHIBSPAC, which is part of the US Navy commemorative trading set. It stands for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command. Being one of the longest acronyms in the world, the graphics are really tiny because no one apparently collects the card for the graphics despite their beauty, but the acronym.
Military acronym cards are not the only popular cards selling. All over the US and the UK, some of the hottest selling acronym cards are complete nonsense. One of the most popular nonsense cards is written by famed acronographer, Erskin Quint from Iceland. His most popular card is on a bright red card and has the phrase "Docks: old craft kept safe" which is what the acronym DOCKS means.
While most nonsense acronyms are technically backronyms, the cards remain beloved with card collectors throughout the world. They are so popular, LTC is preparing a London Games Commemorative Set for this summer which is sure to have literary trading card enthusiasts in a frenzy as well as create a whole new set of acronym card collectors since they are planning on giving each athlete a commemorative card of their sport to trade with other athletes.
"You can never have too many acronyms," says Diane Fredericks, spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee.
Apparently, the world agrees.