I try to keep my blog nice and tidy. I try to keep my want list updated and easy to read. I try to keep my various "for trade" lists updated and easy to read as well. Heck, I even try to keep my various card series (like my Barry Larkin Collection series) updated and easy to read. In general, I try my best to make things on my blog easy to find and easy to read (which in turn hopefully makes trades easy to complete)!
Move away from my blog though, and it's a bit of a different story... Oh sure, I try to be organized. I have a four full bookshelves of binders with cards organized by set and card number tucked away in 9-pocket pages.
I also have an old printer stand that I use to store some of my "extra" cards along with a few cards that need to be sorted. All things considered, it's mostly organized.
So you might be thinking, big deal - you're organized. Well, here's where it falls apart - I have a pair of white cabinets, plus a couple of drawers and shelves (not shown) that all basically look like this:
Here are my questions for you:
1. I'm on the fence about whether I want to keep my various binders as they are OR if I want to take all the sets that I have no plans to complete out of 9-pocket pages to free up some space for future binders. That would also mean that the cards that are removed from the binders would become trade bait. Suggestions?
2. For those of you who are team collectors - a couple of specific questions:
- 2A. How do you organize your team cards? Do you use 9-pocket pages? Do you keep each set together in card number order?
- 2B. How do you keep track of your cards? Do you use some sort of team checklist or have you made your own?
3. What do your card storage areas look like?
I'll probably be away from the internet for another day or two (this post is pre-written) so leave a link in the comments below if you choose to turn your reply into a post on your own blog. I'm also debating about building a new wood bookshelf (with drawers) specifically designed for my baseball card collection. Has anyone attempted to do such a thing? I'm thinking about having a drawer with slots for the 30 MLB clubs so that I can keep my trade bait in an easy to find (yet organized) place. Of course, I'd have to develop my own plans for such a piece of furniture...unless someone out there has already thought of this idea and actually constructed such a thing.
Leave your comments below - I'll be sure to read them all as soon as I can!