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    Player Collectors: how do you store/display?

    There are quite a few people on these boards with massive player collections. I collect Greg Maddux and Joe Girardi. The Girardi collection is about 82% complete, but is only around 300 cards and the whole collection fits nicely in a 2-inch binder. I leave dedicated slots open and add new cards to the open slots where the cards are missing. Odd shaped bigger cards are a pain, but other than that I really like how this turned out.

    My real question is for those out there with player collections of over 1000. My Maddux collection is a little over 1000 and I havenít figured out how exactly I want to store it. Right now it is in 2 binders and not as organized as I would like it, but if I leave openings like the Girardi collection it will be pretty empty since Iím only at around 30% of his cards not including hits.

    Just curious how everyone with big player PCs as to how you store them and like to view them to see if there are some better options out there.

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    I'm organizing my Frank Thomas collection (way over 1000 unique cards, maybe 2000) and am putting them in shoeboxes. I pick out the very best copy (if I have duplicates) and put it in a sleeve+toploader. I also keep a "backup" copy in a sleeve if I have a duplicate. Then, I organize them in a 3200-ct shoebox, sorted by year and then set. For graded cards, I'll be using a graded card shoebox, but I put a toploader with the ungraded cards that has a note (and perhaps a picture of the card).

    It's not much for display, more for storage, protection and long-term collecting.
    Wanting to buy '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold baseball...commons & stars

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    For me, every card goes in a penny sleeve and top loader, then into a super shoe box. Cards are organized by manufacturer, then year, then alphabetical set name. I do put the more valuable and/or super rare cards in a one-touch magnetic holder though. These still fit in the shoe box but they are slightly more protective, and they stand out from the rest of the top loaders so I can easily scan through my "trophies" whenever I want. I have all the jumbo and oversize stuff in big top loaders, then stored in a box of their own.

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    I have a soft spot for Girardi. He was one of the O.G.'s for my Colorado Rockies. And Maddux. Well yeah. Even with all the awards and HOF etc etc, most people still don't fully realize how good that guy was.
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    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjar View Post
    For me, every card goes in a penny sleeve and top loader, then into a super shoe box. Cards are organized by manufacturer, then year, then alphabetical set name. I do put the more valuable and/or super rare cards in a one-touch magnetic holder though. These still fit in the shoe box but they are slightly more protective, and they stand out from the rest of the top loaders so I can easily scan through my "trophies" whenever I want. I have all the jumbo and oversize stuff in big top loaders, then stored in a box of their own.

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    I have a soft spot for Girardi. He was one of the O.G.'s for my Colorado Rockies. And Maddux. Well yeah. Even with all the awards and HOF etc etc, most people still don't fully realize how good that guy was.
    Yeah, I actually collect Girardi because his wife was my kindergarten teacher when I lived in Chicago. She brought him for show and tell one day and he signed pictures for all of us. I have been a die hard Cubs fan ever since. I still have the signed picture framed and displayed.

    I have a massive Cubs collection that I store similar to you both do for your player collections, but for my player collections I love flipping through them frequently and seeing them all together in order, especially when you have all the different colors and variations on the same page. Something really amazing about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wthalin View Post
    I have a massive Cubs collection that I store similar to you both do for your player collections, but for my player collections I love flipping through them frequently and seeing them all together in order, especially when you have all the different colors and variations on the same page. Something really amazing about that.
    Ya know, someone needs to create pages that are designed to hold toploaders. They'd be like the 9-pocket Ultra Pro pages, except they'd be a little larger so that you could put your cards in toploaders and THEN in the pages. Raw cards in 9-pocket pages make me cringe - those binder rings have a tendency to imprint on the cards if you're not careful.
    Wanting to buy '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold baseball...commons & stars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    Ya know, someone needs to create pages that are designed to hold toploaders. They'd be like the 9-pocket Ultra Pro pages, except they'd be a little larger so that you could put your cards in toploaders and THEN in the pages. Raw cards in 9-pocket pages make me cringe - those binder rings have a tendency to imprint on the cards if you're not careful.
    I have mentioned to Rich at Perfect Fit that they should look into making 9 pocket pages to fit toploaders a couple times lately. He said that they were looking at it. Hopefully sooner than later. I would move my cards into those for sure.

    Mine are all in toploaders and perfect fit sleeves over the toploader and then in 3 row super shoe boxes. It would be nice if that middle row of the super shoe box was about a 1/4" wider. I can get the sleeved toploaders on both outside rows, but the middle one is too narrow to fit a toploader with a sleeve. That still irritates me. First world problems, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjar View Post
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    Wow! Is that just one player or your whole PC? The wife will want her table back at some point.
    Wanting to buy '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold baseball...commons & stars

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    I completely agree with this. But take it from someone living in the third world, even someone like me who still obsesses far too much over his card collection even now...these are definitely first world problems We have it so good in the old USA my friends.

    Quote Originally Posted by Onions View Post
    I have mentioned to Rich at Perfect Fit that they should look into making 9 pocket pages to fit toploaders a couple times lately. He said that they were looking at it. Hopefully sooner than later. I would move my cards into those for sure.

    Mine are all in toploaders and perfect fit sleeves over the toploader and then in 3 row super shoe boxes. It would be nice if that middle row of the super shoe box was about a 1/4" wider. I can get the sleeved toploaders on both outside rows, but the middle one is too narrow to fit a toploader with a sleeve. That still irritates me. First world problems, I guess.
    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    That's my entire PC of one player. But it's just roughly 1/2 or 1/3 the size of PC's of more dedicated collectors of more famous players, like Ripken and Griffey and Thomas and Arod etc. Onthespotdetailing, bigalbert, patrick182, gwynn545, onionring9...you know who you are. Some of those guys have like 10,000 unique cards!

    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    Wow! Is that just one player or your whole PC? The wife will want her table back at some point.
    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    Ya know, someone needs to create pages that are designed to hold toploaders. They'd be like the 9-pocket Ultra Pro pages, except they'd be a little larger so that you could put your cards in toploaders and THEN in the pages. Raw cards in 9-pocket pages make me cringe - those binder rings have a tendency to imprint on the cards if you're not careful.
    I agree that would be a great idea. Condition has never been an issue to me. I actually don't mind poor grades for my vintage cards. Shows they were loved instead of stuck in a box there whole life (no offense to anyone who does, just my opinion). For my player collections I mostly focus on base and inserts anyway, but if I had some really valuable cards to the player collection I would probably keep them in toploaders separate from the binder which is where I have all my Cubs hits.

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    I keep everything in binders, one binder per year with it all organized according to Beckett's checklist. Here's a terrible picture of my bookcase with my Bernie Williams and Curtis Martin collections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid4hof03 View Post
    I keep everything in binders, one binder per year with it all organized according to Beckett's checklist. Here's a terrible picture of my bookcase with my Bernie Williams and Curtis Martin collections.
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    Very nice! Do you leave slots open for cards you don't have yet or do you just shuffle everything down when you add a new card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjar View Post
    That's my entire PC of one player. But it's just roughly 1/2 or 1/3 the size of PC's of more dedicated collectors of more famous players, like Ripken and Griffey and Thomas and Arod etc. Onthespotdetailing, bigalbert, patrick182, gwynn545, onionring9...you know who you are. Some of those guys have like 10,000 unique cards!
    Would love to see how some of these super collectors are storing their cards.

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    I store my Puckett collection (north of 3,500 cards now) in penny sleeves, regular top loaders and standard three tray card boxes. I sort by year, then alphabetically by card company, release and print run (Base, /100, /50, /25, etc).

    I keep up with my collection & want list in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a MS Access database that I built several years ago. I maintain both files in case I need to send my list(s) to anyone, theyíll most likely have Excel...

    I scan the front and back of every unique card or replacement card in my Puckett collection as I receive them in the mail, etc. The form in my database provides the card details and displays the front and back images that I scanned. This allows me to flip through my collection in the database instead of handling the cards all the time. It also allows me to feel better about storing all my cards in toploaders since Iím not handling them much...
    Last edited by K34PuckettAddict; 03-26-2018 at 07:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    Ya know, someone needs to create pages that are designed to hold toploaders. They'd be like the 9-pocket Ultra Pro pages, except they'd be a little larger so that you could put your cards in toploaders and THEN in the pages. Raw cards in 9-pocket pages make me cringe - those binder rings have a tendency to imprint on the cards if you're not careful.
    I have been looking for these forever. I like displaying my cards in binders but would prefer to keep them in toploaders for protection. Iím a buyer if they ever come out with them.



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