Sunday, July 21, 2019

Phase 2 is complete!

It was a lot of work, but Phase 2 is now complete on the Cardboard History Gallery! I finished Phase 2 at 11:41 AM today. Now, all the cards I've scanned* are posted in albums by set, both front and back, on the Cardboard History Gallery.

This was the final scan to go up to complete the phase: Car & Driver Cadillac #58 reverse

As you can see from the screenshot of the Stats page, I've now uploaded more than 314 thousand! This is going to be more than I ever thought. And some of them were lost...

* = in 2016, my first remote hard drive crashed and {proverbially} burned. It took a lot with it, including pretty much every back scan I had made for a year. I don't have a number on how many that was, but it was a lot. After it crashed, I now keep a record on Excel listing everything scanned, which I store a copy of in three places, so even if I lose my files I'll know what I need to do to recover. Let's hope that I don't have to do that.

Phase 1 was by team, where applicable. I started with that first, and it's still one of my favorite things to go in and look at. At some point I will do NASCAR by team but that's a ways away. Basketball, hockey, baseball and football are all posted by team.

Phase 2, which I finished today, is by set, which I began working on back on January 1st. It is the only place where I store my front and back scans together. Eventually, I will go through each album and actually read all my card backs...who knows when that will be though?

Phase 3, which I started before Phase 2, but put on hold to work on Phase 2, is by person. That's next. I've got a bit of a head start, in that I've already posted all of Non-Sports people and all other sports. I still have basketball, which has the largest number of people, hockey, which might pass basketball by the end of the year for different people, as well as most of auto racing, but I've already done letter A and B in full. Baseball and football bring up the rear. They won't be a lot of fun to do because most of the people in my collection from those two sports have 1 card, maybe 2 or 3. I don't know if there are any baseball or football people to even clear ten cards. Since my main goal for this project is to track history, be it of the person, team or whatever, larger uploads are more interesting.

There is no Phase 4! Once I get everyone up by person, I will just have to maintain it with whatever I scan in each month. That's a long way away....I don't expect to finish Phase 3 in 2019. I am also going to run into space concerns again as well. Although I'm at 61% of capacity I should be able to fit them all in, as they stand now...but I scan every day, or darn close to it, and each front scan gets posted in at least two places, most in three. So that will add up. I'll have to do one more upgrade at some point, but I'm not sure when.

I do have two surprises coming should be ready to talk about by the end of the week, and both might be. One I'm building in secret and will reveal when it's fully formed. The other will be built publicly and anyone will be able to watch me upload in real time, if they so choose. I suspect Surprise #1 may end up being one of the most-viewed sections of the entire site. I will put up a post when I'm ready to reveal it, which could be as soon as tomorrow or Monday...stay tuned.

Back to work...


  1. Congrats on completing Phase 2! It's amazing how much work and dedication you've put into this!

    1. Thank you! I have, and I still have a ton ahead of me, but the payoff is going to be worth it

  2. 314k scans? Holy smokes. My brain hurts just thinking about that. Congratulations on completing Phase 2.

  3. Wow!That is an incredible accomplishment! Congratulations.