The new normal for most people is "staying home". Well, that pretty much has been my everyday for many years now. I'm good with that, no big deal. Abandoning my business several years ago to care first for mom, and then my uncle was a no brainer. Family first....no matter what. I wouldn't change a thing. Well, yes I would.
You see the last 4 years has found me spending 99.999999999% of my time in Valdosta, GA. Away from cards for the most part. What has happened over the last 4 years with nothing to do all day but mess with my cards, was increase the size of my collection 10 fold. That might be exaggerated but not by much. Problem: Collection back home, new arrivals here. What I allowed to happen, just throw them in boxes, then dump them at home on a day trip. No not putting them up or where they needed to be, just drop the boxes in my bedroom. I'll get to them later when I have time.
Before the Corona-virus became a reality pandemic, I clearly stated in my 2020 collecting goals about straightening up the "mess" in my bedroom back home while at the same time get things more organized. Didn't need that damn virus to force the issue. I have some pictures for you to peruse of the mess I moved from Ocala to Valdosta. Keep in my mind this is only a third of my "Keeper" collection. Not Dupes and tradeables. I keep plenty trade stuff/giveaway cards here, but have a garage full back home of those too.
These are the binders I've put together over the last 6 weeks. The cards inside used to be stored in these:
These are the empties and not all of them. Now for the cards that have yet to be placed in binders.
The 3 rows on the left are Bowman. The 2 rows on the right are O-Pee-Chee.
The boxes on the edge of the bed are Donruss, and those behind them are Upper Deck.
Here you have Topps, Leaf, and then more Topps farthest away.
These are Fleer, Score, and Pinnacle.
These are some of the Stadium Club, I forgot about another stash area, oops. Below those on the ground (not scanned) are Pacific.
Here are some more Topps cards not in boxes and and 1 big stack of Upper Deck. The box has 9/16 birthday cards.
Now the supplies.
Burgundy binders. Now I need to order two case of pages. Then there will be more empty boxes. So even getting things done can be messy. I'll have to do something with all those empties before I bring another third of the collection up here to be placed in binders. Whenever I get back home on a permanent basis, I'll have to have some custom book shelves installed to house all of those binders.
There you have the mess I moved from Ocala to Valdosta.
Yikes! I cleaned up and organized my cards last week. Nothing like that scale though.ReplyDelete
Kinda refreshing though, emptying boxes and putting sets into binders. That's accomplishment!ReplyDelete
It’s easy to let it get out of hand. Good luck!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for this post and your dedication to organization. I love paging up my cards and sorting everything out just so. Sometimes I feel a little but OCD about it. It's nice to know I'm not the only one! Two cases of pages though? Good luck!ReplyDelete
I've already gone through 4 cases, yikesDelete
Wowza. That's a lot of cards. I can only imagine the cool stuff that might be sitting in those boxes.... but I'm actually more jealous of those binders. I could use a few more for sets I'm planning on transferring in the near future.ReplyDelete
just the base sets of the flagship brands, other than TSC and the Pacific.Delete
Wow, that's a pretty massive collection considering we're only seeing one third of it. I admire your determination to get it all done. I page up my sets by teams and it takes me much longer to finish a binder. I hope to get it all done by the next decade, lol.ReplyDelete
I feel like it's been 10 years since I put anything in a binder, but as for sets it's only been 6 years. I totally regret it. I do enjoy it, but man it is work, and messy.Delete
That is quite a collection! I am definitely jealous you had the time and are able to organize.ReplyDelete
That's quite a collection! Good luck with the consolidation efforts. We just mived to a new house so my cards are in several places...but at least they're in one place!ReplyDelete
And I've been taking unfinished sets out of binders, pulling out what I want to keep, and then separating the rest into piles to be sold or given away... I'm very glad that I don't have to tackle all of your binders!ReplyDelete
LOL, those binders you seen are but a fraction. My PC's and Braves cards require nearly a thousand binders. Now that is worrisome.Delete
recycle those empties ;) I have a growing stack too but not half of this. I may have 20 binders in total when I'm done. Yes, I do expect to finish. lol.ReplyDelete