Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What do you do with your sets? – Top Loaders, Penny Sleeves, 9-Pockets

Since I am now able to actually view my collection, I have come across the same old dilemma I have faced for years:  How do I store/display my sets?  In the past, I have always treated special or “high dollar” cards as favorites, adorning each one in a top loader and then storing them in a special place (a fire safe, old toolbox, etc.).  I do not keep them with my complete sets, thus really making the sets not complete in one location.

To combat this, if a set is in 9-pocket pages and kept in an album, I made color scanned copies of the cards and then placed the “copied” card in the album.  Silly, isn’t it?
I know I should keep the cards all in one album or in one box, but for the life of me I can’t seem to do it.  The reason being that 9-pocket pages tend to have that one row that doesn’t quite fit the cards (i.e., the top sticks out) or with the new Ultra pages, the cards will tend to work themselves out of the pocket.  Do you know what I mean?

So, how do you keep your sets organized?  Do you keep them all in one box or one album, or am I the only lone crazy one who keeps the “high dollar” cards separate in their own top loader in a bomb shelter?  Not that I’ll follow what anyone has to say on the issue, but I am extremely interested in how you maintain your collection. 

Perhaps I’ll learn something new and try to rearrange my sets, or perhaps I’ll keep Willie Mays and Hank Aaron stuck in top loaders.  What’s a collector to do?


night owl said...

All my sets are in 9-pocket pages in binders.

I do remove a few high-dollar cards, fit them in top loaders and store them for safe-keeping, but it's only a handful.

Making a copy of the card sounds like a good idea to me. Right now, there's an empty spot in the binder where the card was removed -- it doesn't bother me all that much. It's not like people are coming over every day to see my complete 1978 Topps set.

Anonymous said...

I could have written this post. Not only to I have my cards in 9-pocket UltraPro pages, except for a few "high end" cards sequestered away which I have copied and included as placeholders in my binders.

AdamE said...

Mine are the same way. In 9 card pages except for expensice stuff which gets the top loader treatment.

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