Friday, June 8, 2012
The summer project
One of the great things about collecting baseball cards is organizing.
While I've tried to convince myself otherwise, I really do enjoy sitting down and putting away new cards, or simply browsing through ones that are already in my collection. It can have therapeutic benefits as well, which is something I've previously discussed.
The greatest thing about organizing is that everyone does it in their own unique way.
I'm not a "box guy", as many other collectors are. There's nothing wrong with them, but I've always personally found that binders are a much better way to display my collection.
It's like a filing system. If you wanted to see my cards of John Olerud as a Mariner, I'd be back in two seconds. I'd just have to grab the first of the two Seattle binders I have and look under the "first baseman" section.
Even with that, I knew that something wasn't quite right with the way I display my cards within the binders. I never wanted to devote the time to fix that problem, though.
As you can see, one of my pages of Stephen Drew cards is a bit disorganized. They're all together, but something was missing.
I've decided to devote some time this summer to fixing this problem. I'm always looking for a new "project" to keep me occupied anyways.
What is that problem, you ask?
While my cards are grouped by individual players, they were pretty messy within each section.
This was the real reason I've always kept cards in binders in the first place. It just looks good, to put it simply. You can't get this kind of aesthetic pleasure by putting cards in a box.
Now, all my different variations of Stephen Drew's 2007 Topps card are together. If cards could talk, I think they'd be happy about it.
There's at least a few other bloggers out there are binder fans. I'm sure Night Owl's "Awesome Night Card" binder is the best collection of those cards on the planet. And BA Benny left a comment on yesterday's post saying he was a "binder guy".
I may be different than some other collectors in a lot of areas, but I'm glad to say that this isn't one of them. The cards that are most near and dear to me are and always will be stored in binders.
I don't see a time where it would be any different.