I've talked about this some in the past, and I'm going to again today, because I'm pretty happy to have completed this...it's only been hanging over my head for 5 years.
I began scanning my collection in 2009, at the time doing the fronts only. I had been posting them solely to my website, but then I began posting on the Trading Card Database. As I entered my collection, I would upload a front scan when I had it available, especially for sets that had not a single scan posted yet, which at that time were a lot more than there are now. But since I had fronts only, I could only post fronts...that didn't last long. Soon I was scanning card backs. But, I had already scanned thousands of cards front only by that point- my entire NASCAR and Non-Sports collections, and some NBA. Since then, I've been working on scanning the backs to the cards I did the fronts only of all those years ago, sometimes very hard, most of the time as "filler" when I need one or two cards for a page.
Finally, on February 28th, I finished scanning the backs of all the NBA cards that I did fronts only of, which sure is a great feeling. I had done most of them already- I finished the standard size NBA cards well over a year ago. But I still had almost a complete collection of 1993-94 Jam Session, which was already completely done on the Database. I made the decision to set them aside and work on scanning all the cards that needed scans for the Database, which I finished in December. I finally got around to them this past week, (err, a couple of a weeks ago now, I wrote this originally on the 28th) and got them all out and scanned. And by out I mean that literally- they were the next to last cards I had in pages. Unfortunately, many of them now have page damage- curving, UV coating issues, and a couple from the middle of the binder somehow managed to take damage from the 3 rings themselves. I took all my standard size cards out of pages in 2000, so these have been in there quite a while.
This was the last one I needed to scan.
I also took the time to scan the back of the last non-Sports card I posted to the Database front only back in 2012. I thought I had gotten them all years ago but it turns out I missed one...and it's a 1/1 at that!
You can see it HERE.
Now all I have left to do on the Database are the backs of are a page of Sports Illustrated for Kids cards, which I have lost since then, so I don't know when or if I will be able to do them. Someone, I didn't look who, uploaded some of the backs already but there are six cards that I did the fronts of still missing the backs.
While I completed the NBA portion of the project. I am not TRULY done- I still have several thousand NASCAR cards needing back scans, (More than a full 5000 count box) and probably about 1/3rd of the non-sports cards. Normally, I only type cards into my Excel files after they have been scanned both front and back, but I typed in the NASCAR cards BEFORE I came up with that idea/rule. I didn't have Excel charts for the non-sports cards until very recently, in fact as I write this on 2/28 I have not even finished creating them yet. But I will, eventually. Whether that is before or after I scan the backs is yet to be determined, but will almost surely be before, because I am not working on them all that hard. While it would be nice to have everything I've done the fronts of truly done, I have not for two reasons:
1 is that back then I wasn't about perfection as I am now. Some of those early scans are truly terrible. I have been debating if I should just start over fresh or try and save the original scans. I've already had to rescan some of them because parts were cut off or just otherwise unusable.
2 is that, when I am doing a tray full of cards, sometimes a card rotates and not all of it is scanned, the edge is cut off by the scanner, or it's rendered unusable in some other way, like having a hair scanned between the card and the tray. When that happens, when I do the back scan I take that card off the tray and pull out a card that only needs one side scanned. I like having that stash to do that with, it allows me to keep things even and not "waste" any scan area.
Even so, when I do truly finish them, it will be quite a celebration. And of course, for me celebrating a card project means opening a pack or two out of my card stash, hah!
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