With no computer, I decided it was time to do some sorting. I have been putting off this sorting project for some time- since 2012 to be exact- there was always something to scan that I hadn't scanned before that seemed like something more important to do.
To explain- between 2009-11 I scanned my entire NASCAR trading card and non-sports card collection, but fronts only. When I joined the Database in 2012, I decided shortly after that I would scan card backs. By time I decided to scan the backs I had already scanned the fronts of about 40,000 cards. I've been playing catch up ever since. I finished the NBA cards I had done the fronts of in June, and I have done the majority of the non-sports that has not been posted to the Database already by somebody else.
To make it easier to get the cards scanned and posted, I decided to sort by card brand. I've been collecting since 1988, and I've NEVER sorted by brand before. I've sorted by set, by season, by card subject, but never brand. It turned out to be a lot of fun.
I mostly photo-documented the process, which you can see below...
Due to space limitations, I had to combine some. For example, all Upper Deck sets are combined (the UD produced Maxx sets in with Maxx though), Racer's Choice was mixed with other Pinnacle products, etc. This first image was what I got sorted on the first night I started.
Keep in mind that all the cards in these photos are only the ones I need to scan the backs on- the ones I have done the backs already are not in these photos. (They take up 1 and a half of the 5000 count boxes shown above.)
I put the cards that were already posted to the Database back into the 5000 count boxes- they took up almost two of them, only one and a half columns in one box remained- and I put the ones I need to work on into other boxes, which I did not photograph.
I finished sorting the NASCAR cards and still had time before my computer would come back to me. I decided to prep some more cards for typing into my collection charts. I've mentioned a few times that I am way OCD about my collection. I don't just rely on the Database to know what I have- I have paper listings for my NBA, NASCAR and Non-sports collections, and someday I will probably write up listings for the hockey, baseball and football as well. In fact, if I was not going to get my computer back when I did, I was planning to start a paper listing for the hockey cards.
I have a complete listing of my NASCAR cards like this below, and I am working on recreating one for my NBA collection- I used to have something similar, with not as much detail, but I lost it to a floppy disk crash- yeah, I've been at this for a while!
These screencaps are of a random letter in my hockey listing, and below that is the page where I keep track of how many cards I have for each person. It's color coded, parallels are blue, inserts are red, etc.
Here are the hockey cards I had scanned since the last time I updated the Excel chart screencapped above- I ONLY type in cards after they have been scanned fully, for any subject. By being so strict it keeps me from getting mixed up on which cards I need to do or not.
I also did this for the football cards I had scanned since the last time I updated the NFL excel chart, but I forgot to take a photo. There are less of them than there are of hockey, and it went by so fast they were already put away by time I remembered I wanted to take a photo.
Then...I decided to sort my non-sports cards. That was something I have never done before. I only sorted the ones that have been scanned fully, so it's only about half of my collection. I decided for now to only sort "real" people- a significant portion of my collection is comic book and Star Wars based- they will get sorted at some point, but not now. (I got my computer back while I was doing this sort so naturally I decided to sort the rest later) I will be creating the Excel file as shown above from scratch, likely later today. I really don't have a lot of non-sports cards that show real people, although the cards here range in age from 1910-(I think) 2014. Most of the cards I have of US Presidents were already done by somebody else, like the 2004 Upper Deck History of the United States set which I bought a factory set of a few years ago.
I do have a dilemma. There are several non-sports people included in the 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions set that I have. I am unsure if I want to list them with my non-sports cards, or if I want to list them with the multi-sports cards only; when non-sports people appear in sports sets, I count them only with the sport they are in (for instance, Topps included celebrities in several NBA sets, and Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes appear in NASCAR sets); yet, when athletes appear in non-sports sets I count them as separate listings under Non-Sports, with a notation in the Excel chart (which I have not created yet) to also see whichever sport they are in; every major and several minor sports has someone in my non-sports collection except hockey. I just can't decide how I want to handle the multi-sport sets, right now, they are counted as a whole, as Multi-Sport. I am open to input.
Eventually I will also create excel charts for my Indy, drag racing, Olympic, NCAA basketball, and whatever else I can come up with. I don't know if I should create one for Multi-Sports or integrate them into whichever sport they represent, with a listing for miscellaneous for the others included from time to time, especially in the Sports Illustrated for Kids sets.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully offering input!