So Jeff Katz (also author of Split Season) over at the new SABR Baseball Committee Blog shared his thoughts on how he organizes his baseball card collection. I left a lengthy post that I figured I should post here as well and see what other collectors and bloggers do with their collections.
I have often found myself battling how to organize my baseball card collection, even today(!!!!) when I am working from home. Most of the time the ideas I come up with
Here is what I have currently organized:
- 6″ Album for my All-Time Red Sox Collection (one card of every player to have appeared in a Sox uni
- Another soon to be fruition Red Sox odd ball album
- A long graded box for my Pre-War, Vintage high-end graded Sox cards. Also in this box are Red Sox vintage oddballs not graded, relics, and auto cards
- Sets in binders: Topps 1959, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1993, 2009, barely started 1955 Bowman
- Another soon to be fruition 1970s/1980s food issue odd ball album
- Another soon to be fruition No-Hitters/Perfect Games album
- Everything else is either in stacks, 800, 1600, or 3200 count boxes. In general, these are somewhat organized by year or decade. But there’s some lack of organization within those boxes.
Also just for reference, my collection is technically within living area space, albeit out of site and not in a basement.
I often go through these boxes and pull cards I like for some sort of organized lot/collection/spur of the moment idea … only to have these remain in those said stacks of cards.
I often hit this roadblock over and over. From penny sleeves to top loaders to pages and the cycle keeps going around and around. Pages to semi-rigids, top loaders back to pages …. AAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHH! I have quite a bunch of vintage Topps super stars, leader cards, All-Stars, RCs, combo cards from 1952 to 1979 (and to present) that I don’t know how to organize. I like looking at cards in albums as well as just grabbing a stack of cardboard and flip through to enjoy five, ten, fifteen minutes for myself.
Do I put in pages by years or penny sleeves by years. Just some of what I’m talking about: 53 Bob Feller, 54 Duke Snider, 56 Williams, 56 Jackie Robinson, 58 Aaron, Mays, Berra, Matthews, 60, Musial, 63 Mantle, Koufax, 67 Gibson, Santo, Yaz, 70 Clemente, Gibson, Rose, 74 Winfield, 75 Brett, Yount, Rice, Carter, Aaron and on and on.
I think the one battle that in consistent in my thoughts, is how do I have all my favorite Topps — 1952 to present — in one spot all together. Is that in a large five-inch album or a 3200 count shoebox (kind where cards should be no)?
I just recently thought about taking my favorite Topps cards I have from 1952 to present and create sorta a type collection of Topps Through the Years. One 9-pocket page per year (maybe two if I couldn’t eliminate cards). It certainly would create some great posts for me (otwbbcards.wordpress.com) and would also include the one page each for all the Traded/Update sets (74, 76, and so on). I could add a page of subsets/inserts like the 1969 Deckle Edge too. But THEN, what do I do with the other cards??? What happens if I gotta bump a 1967 Topps Whitey Ford for say a 1967 Tony Conigliaro? Where does Ford go? In a box yet again? I suppose this route would help streamline my collection and extra stars and what not could help me acquire (through trade) other cards I desire more.
Open to other ideas for organizing as well … Would love to hear what other collectors do …