I think I made a post like this last year, but I'll try again. Every year a friend and I go to Spring Training in AZ. I come back with a little over 100 signed rookie cards for my collection. Anyway, to prepare for the trip I:
- put together rosters of the teams we will see
- comb through my ~5,000-8,000 rookie cards to pull out rookie cards of the guys on the rosters
- decide how much of a sportslots.com/COMC/eBay order I want to put in so that I have cards of most/all of he guys I would want to add to my collection
- use photo corners to add all my pulled cards to notebooks separated by team and put in alphabetical order
Arguably, the biggest hassle each year is getting team rosters. I have my cards organized, roughly, by alphabet. I like to be able to have a spreadsheet of ALL of the guys on all the different team rosters so that I can sort by last name and pull my cards as I go through the alphabet. But such a spreadsheet doesn't exist, as far as I can tell. And each year I have to make one myself. I copy and paste the different rosters I find. I usually just put on the 40 man rosters, the non-roster invites, the coaches, and most/all of the team's top prospects. I don't get much more detailed than that. Each year I end up with something like this:
Making that spreadsheet takes a lot of time. Lots of clicking and copying and pasting. And, sometimes, I end up writing names in the spreadsheet because the top prospect information I find isn't in spreadsheet/table form. On top of that, I sometimes need to use spreadsheet formulas to separate cells from having an entire name to split into a first name and a last name... It's not the most enjoyable part of my hobby. Even when I do all this I'm sure i make mistakes and leave people off the list or mis label a player.
Any advice? Are there more accurate/efficient ways of doing what I do each year?