After just reading a thread on Hobby Insider, and having some time on my hands this afternoon, I decided to take a quick photo of my card storage setup. I recently overhauled it and grabbed a new binder, some fresh Ultra Pro 9-pocket pages, and went to work sorting through some boxes. So this is what things look like currently.
There is still a small shoebox full of mid 90's-00's base cards that I still need to sort through, but for now this is what my current setup holds: My Personal Collection, Sets, Traders, random cards from pack breaks, and everything else, which even includes my card supplies.
Here's a breakdown of what you're looking at:
The binder on the top shelf holds nothing but PC cards. Mainly Enroth cards (obviously), but you will find a lot of Brodeur, Belfour, Marc-Andre Fleury & Carey Price cards in there, too. At least the highlights of those collections are safely stored in the "Main" binder. It's jammed packed and only has enough room for a select few cards If/When I complete a few more rainbows for my collection.
Next up the *beyond crowded* lower shelf.
The two black shoe boxes hold card supplies for shipping (Left) and my bigger PC cards (Right) like my Prime Ties, booklets, slabbed and graded cards that simply cannot fit in a regular binder. Yeah, as you can see, I'm a primarily a 'binder guy' when it comes to storing my collection.
I don't like having my cards in a box, as I prefer to flip through them to see them all at once, but that is where the bigger pieces will stay for now. I hope one day I can properly display those larger pieces in my collection and get rid of that box. Maybe that will be my next project?
Moving onto the pile of 5 binders you see on the right side of the shot.
The first two binders are my main 'go-to' binders at the moment. The top binder is another PC binder where I store the other half of my 400+ card Jhonas Enroth collection, as well as the most recent Enroth cards to enter the collection, plus my ongoing sets like the Upper Deck 300 Win Club set which I continue to add to here & there. I still have so much room to add new cards in this binder. So that's nice!
The binder below my 'go-to' binder is where I mainly keep my cards that are available for trade/sale. It's been officially dubbed my "Traders Binder". I like that it's right there so I can quickly check on a card for something or add in new traders into the mix. I also have some PC stuff mixed at the back of the binder as well, but it's mostly just the commons and stuff like that. I have quite a few Marty Brodeur & M-A Fleury cards kicking around in there. While it's not too much, I probably should split those up into there own Player Collector only binder one day.
Onto the final 3 binders...
The first binder on top holds a 2008-09 Upper Deck Artifacts base set. I really like the set, and while I'm not a set builder by any means, I really like the look of this base set when it was completed. Into a binder it goes! I should really do a bulk scan of those Artifacts base set and put them up here at some point with my other random set collections. It may be just a base set, but it's still a completed set! Hmmmm, maybe I'll do that this week.. The other half of that binder carries my small Mike Mole card collection. Mike was my goalie coach back in the day, and I decided to collect a few of his cards. While it's not that many cards, it is fairly complete, so it needed to be stored with the rest of my card collection.
The second binder sandwiched between the two black ones is full of 1978-79 O-Pee-Chee cards. You see, these were my dad's and he gave them to me when I was younger, so I wanted to keep those organized and have them on display so I can flip through them when I have the chance.
The final binder holds a random assortment of cards I've 9-pocket-paged as I kid when I first started collecting. These random cards are all over the place, but I prefer it that was because that's the order i put them in when I first started ripping those packs, so those cards, while not specifically PC, do hold some nostalgia for me.
I like my current setup. It's small, simple, and I know where everything is at any given time. Now, granted, I'm not as hardcore as other dedicated collectors out there, so my PC is relatively small compared to most, which makes storing my total hockey card collection (roughly 1,500 cards or so) a lot easier than most I'd say.
Also, this spot is also right next to the space where I practice yoga (hence my extra mat seen in the shot), so it's not uncommon for me to view my collection after practicing a few sun salutations or after an intense Ashtanga session during the week.
So even the location of my card storage is key for me, just as much as it is how I store all these cards. I would hate for my collection to sit and not be appreciated like it very well should be.
What does your card storage system currently look like? Do you have any tips or recommendations?
As always, happy collecting everyone!
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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