Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tips On Collecting: Basketball Card Sorting

Bloggers Note: This is the third of a series of 4 Tips On Collecting Sorting edition. Now remember, this is how I sort my cards. These tips are to give you some ideas on what you may want to do with your own collection and not what you have to do. Since I don't sell any cards and keep what I get, there is a lot to sort and this is how I break it all down.

It all starts with a pack or two of basketball cards. After opening them up, you may ask, what do I do with them now? Some of you may toss the base cards in the trash or off to the side. Then you may take out your PC stuff and then the rest is for sale. As for how I would sort these, this isn't how I would do it.

Now, my form of sorting is a little time consuming. But I am very well organized. Here is how I would sort the baseball cards:

After opening up basketball cards, I know there is a long road to sorting. But not as long as the other two sports I collect more of. Basketball is an occasional sport for me. It all depends on the rookie class whether I buy in or not and how much I get. Or the product. First I search for rookies and rookie inserts that makes up Pile One. I then take out the remaining inserts or hits for Piles 2 and 3  is if there is a jersey or auto hits. Pile 4 will consist of Star players (players I consider a star I base on if they are listed under a products pricing in Beckett and players I like). And Pile 5 leaves us with the base cards. Pile 6 is for duplicates.

Now with Pile 1, I take all of the rookies and just put them all together into one binder. The binder is marked bsktball rookies. This also includes basketball rookie inserts. (one of my future projects is putting all of the rookies by team)

Pile 2, the inserts, I take out the star players I keep like I do in Pile 4 and place them in that pile. With the rest I put them into my insert binder unless the insert is valued above $20. The ones valued over $20 get placed into a penny sleeve, top loader and are placed into a tote that is labeled inserts. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into Pile 6.

Pile 3, jersey or thick cards are placed into a 50-100 count plastic box. If I happen to have a 25 count box, perfect size for jersey cards without damaging them, I use that so they are all in their own cases. The autographs I place into penny sleeves then into top loaders and into a separate tote.

Pile 4 of star players get sorted by player, then placed into a 800 count white box labeled Bsktbll players on the outside. Each player is labeled and separated by index cards. I used to store these in binders but found it easier to use the boxes. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into pile 7. Sometimes with these it takes extra work if you buy older products. I go through and search just to make sure I don't have any duplications between the new one I just got and to the older ones already in the box. Can be time consuming.

Pile 5 can be the most time consuming of all. I take all of the base cards, sort them by number. I then place them into 800 count white boxes. I label them by brand and year. The outside of the box I put a number depending on what box I am on but for an example 7. I then take the number 7, write it into a book. And write the contents inside for easy searching. Depending on how many I have of each product, every box holds between 6-7 different brands.

And finally this leaves us with Pile 6, which is the duplications. The inserts I use for giveaways on here along with others :) The double base cards and star players I use to build the Yard Sale boxes I spoke of on here a couple of times.

Now this seems like a lot of work and yes it is. So don't ever fall too far behind on sorting. But I find this sorting really efficient and easy to find stuff you need or are looking for.

Let me know your thoughts on this crazy sorting. And how you sort your basketball cards.

Update: We also forgot to add what we do with cards such as Upper Deck. Since these cards we don't consider rookies since they are not NBA licensed, they get put into a small to medium sized binder marked by the year we get them. The binder is marked 2012-2013 for this year.

Friday, May 24, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012-13 Panini Past and Present Dual Jerseys Isiah Thomas/Chris Paul


2012-13 Panini Past and Present Dual Jerseys #20 Isiah Thomas/Chris Paul 05/49

Thanks for Jammin JDcards for providing us this card to us for your viewing pleasure!

Let us know your thoughts on this card.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2007-08 Topps Trademark Moves Triple Relics Shaquille O'Neal/Dwight Howard/Gilbert Arenas

2007-08 Topps Trademark Moves Triple Relics #OHA Shaquille O'Neal/Dwight Howard/Gilbert Arenas 096/199

Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing us this card for your viewing pleasure! If you want to join in on FANdom Card Of The Day...send us a picture and what the card is to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

June's Prize Lot

Here are the prizes for our June Monthly Contest. Good Luck to all of our participants! This contest starts on June 1st. Come on out for the challenge!

Here is the FIRST PLACE PRIZE LOT:

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Lindros # to 49
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Gold Parallels
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This months prize lot is an estimated value (meaning a roundabout Book Value) of $90-$100!! Wow!

Make sure you read our rules before participating. Here is a link to them:
http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2013/05/rules-for-monthly-contests.html 

Second and Third Place Prizes not pictured

NEW BONUS PRIZE ADDED FOR FIRST PLACE WINNER!!!!   
Our friends at Jammin JDcards is putting in a Football blaster of their choice that they will break live on ustream and the winner of this contest gets to choose either NFC or AFC and Jammin JDcards will ship all of the cards from the conference the winner chooses in the box break. Not a bad deal at all! Make sure you say thank you to Jammin JDcards and to follow them on Twitter as they do box breaks, contests and more on there. Great guy to talk to as well.

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 Topps Strata Rookie Jerseys Green Patch Ronnie Hillman


2012 Topps Strata Rookie Jerseys Green Patch #RRRH Ronnie Hillman 58/65

Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing us with the FANdom Card Of The Day for your viewing pleasure!

Panini reaching to the Pinnacle in Baseball Cards

For the first time in 15 years...the baseball card market will see Pinnacle again. And I for one am very excited. I remember all of the classic Pinnacle products. Pinnacle Inside, Pinnacle, Pinnacle Mint, Pinnacle Summitt among many others. And for Panini to revive one of my favorite lines makes me want to put more focus back onto collecting baseball cards again.

2013 Pinnacle Baseball Griffey  

2013 Pinnacle Baseball will have 24 eight-card packs per hobby box and should contain: two autographs, three Museum Collection, two Artist’s Proofs, four Awaiting the Call, three Team 2020, two Position Powers, one Behind the Numbers, three Clear Vision, two Team Pinnacle, two Slugfest, one Aces, three Pinnacle of Success and two Swing for the Fences

2013 Pinnacle Baseball Rose 

2013 Pinnacle Baseball Cabrera 

With classic returns of Artists Proofs along with some newer adds this could be an easy trip down memory lane for those of us who collected Pinnacle back in the early 90's. I know I used to search packs looking for the Nufex technology and Artists Proofs in my packs and now I will be given that opportunity all over again.

Let us know your thoughts on Panini reviving the Pinnacle brand!

June Standings

Here are the Standings for June's Contest


LEADER


Sport Card Collectors                                                                                    8
Casey Jones                                                                                                    6

Thomas Young                                                                                               0
mrblu1976@aol.com                                                                                     0
jeremiah johnson                                                                                           1
@TheWillFerret                                                                                           34

Zac Smith                                                                                                       0
John Webb                                                                                                     1
Scott N.                                                                                                         7
gordonfan24ever                                                                                          10
Dennis                                                                                                           0

ScottO.                                                                                                          11
@rjdub81                                                                                                      4

Miami Vice                                                                                                   44
troyp112                                                                                                        1
Billy Fairchild                                                                                               0
@J_BANGARANG                                                                                       0
Ratliff's Cards                                                                                      3
24cavs                                                                                                          0 
Andrew Schultz                                                                                            3
@KentRitchie1                                                                                          30
@ jdoggnoland                                                                                            6
@badbrad1987                                                                                           5
Jamie B.                                                                                                      14
Steven Gross                                                                                                1
Jammin JDCards                                                                                         0
Jeremy Johnson                                                                                           1
@yorkcounty46                                                                                            1
Jonathan Hoffman                                                                                       1 
kcnaeou1978                                                                                                1 
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Jason G                                                                                                        2
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Harold Tourjee                                                                                             4
J.J. Hernandez                                                                                             14
Borson94                                                                                                      1 
Jerry Ryan                                                                                                    1 
Super Tom                                                                                                   20 
@CKW23                                                                                                    6
ColeDavis2003                                                                                            0 
Jeff Bornson                                                                                                1 
@band234                                                                                                  10
Michael                                                                                                       4
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BERGY069                                                                                                  1
@richardprocter7                                                                                        1 
tkdkid1                                                                                                         1 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mail Day from Taylor Sports Cards

Received this in the mail yesterday from a contest I won from Taylor Sports Cards on Twitter. Not a bad mail day.  When I find Topps Chrome and Football Rookie Autos waiting for me its a good day. Tell me your thoughts on my PC mail day and remember to follow him on Twitter for contests and more @TaylorSprtsCard



Monday, May 20, 2013

Tips On Collecting: Sorting Football Cards

Bloggers Note: This is the s of a series of 4 Tips On Collecting Sorting edition. Now remember, this is how I sort my cards. These tips are to give you some ideas on what you may want to do with your own collection and not what you have to do. Since I don't sell any cards and keep what I get, there is a lot to sort and this is how I break it all down.

It all starts with a pack or two of football cards. After opening them up, you may ask, what do I do with them now? Some of you may toss the base cards in the trash or off to the side. Then you may take out your PC stuff and then the rest is for sale. As for how I would sort these, this isn't how I would do it.

Now, my form of sorting is a little time consuming. But I am very well organized. Here is how I would sort the football cards:

After opening up the football cards, I know there is a long road to sorting. First I search for PC, NY Giants. Pile One. I then take out the inserts or hits for Pile 2 and 3 is if there is a jersey or auto hits. After that I take out all of the non autographed/ jersey rookies making up Pile 4. Pile 5 will consist of Star players (players I consider a star based on if they are listed under a products pricing in Beckett and a few others I like as well). And that leaves pile 6, which are base cards. There is even a Pile 7 but that will come later on.

Now with Pile 1, I separate my favorite NY Giants pile out players out. Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, David Wilson, Reuben Randle. Those guys are my favorite and get a section to themselves in the NY Giants binder. After that, the rookies get their own section. The remaining Giants just go into the binder in the back section. I sometimes will have to backtrack to make sure I don't have duplicates of the cards I am putting in. Those duplicates I put into Pile 7. I label the outside of the binder with a NYG1. All of my binders are labeled.

Pile 2, With the inserts,  I take out the star players I keep like I do in Pile 5 and place them that pile. I also pull any rookie inserts and put them by themselves. They get placed into a binder marked RC Inserts. This is the only sport I do this with. With the rest of the inserts I put them into my insert binder unless the insert is valued above $20. The ones valued over $20 get placed into a penny sleeve, top loader and are placed into a tote that is labeled inserts. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into another pile which we call Pile 7.

Pile 3, jersey or thick cards are placed into a 50-100 count plastic box. If I happen to have a 25 count box, which is a perfect size for jersey cards without damaging them, I use that so they are all in their own cases. The autographs I place into penny sleeves then into top loaders and into a separate tote.

Pile 4 of rookies gets separated by teams. Then they are placed into a binder that way as well. The binder has separators with team names. If there are any duplications, I keep em. Hobby is all about rookies and you never know who will turn big.

Pile 5 of star players get sorted by player, then placed into a 800 count white box labeled Ftball players on the outside. Each player is labeled and separated by index cards. I used to store these in binders but found it easier to use the boxes. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into pile 7. Sometimes with these it takes extra work if you buy older products. I go through and search just to make sure I don't have any duplications between the new one I just got and to the older ones already in the box. Can be time consuming.

Pile 6 can be the most time consuming of all. I take all of the base cards, sort them by number. I then place them into 800 count white boxes. I label them by brand and year. The outside of the box I put a number depending on what box I am on but for an example the number 7. I then take the number 7, write it into a book. And write the contents inside for easy searching if I happen to buy more of the product or have to go back and search for a player. Depending on how many I have of each product, every box holds between 6-7 different brands.

And finally this leaves us with Pile 7, which is the duplications. The inserts I use for giveaways on here along with other cards:) The double base cards and star players I use to build the Yard Sale boxes I spoke of on the blog a couple of times. Keeping the hobby alive at a cheap price!

Now this seems like a lot of work and yes it is. So don't ever fall too far behind on sorting. But I find this sorting really efficient and easy to find stuff you need or are looking for. Not to mention weeds out your doubles.

Let me know your thoughts on this crazy sorting. And how you sort your football cards.

Update: We also forgot to add what we do with cards such as Upper Deck, Press Pass and Sage. Since these cards we don't consider rookies since they are not NFL licensed, they get put into a small to medium sized binder marked by the year we get them. For example, we picked up some Upper Deck and Sage Hit 2013. They are presently sitting in a binder marked 2013.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tips On Collecting: Sorting Baseball Cards

Bloggers Note: This is the first of a series of 4 Tips On Collecting Sorting edition. Now remember, this is how I sort my cards. These tips are to give you some ideas on what you may want to do with your own collection and not what you have to do. Since I don't sell any cards and keep what I get, there is a lot to sort and this is how I break it all down.

It all starts with a pack or two of baseball cards. After opening them up, you may ask, what do I do with them now? Some of you may toss the base cards in the trash or off to the side. Then you may take out your PC stuff and then the rest is for sale. As for how I would sort these, this isn't how I would do it.

Now, my form of sorting is a little time consuming. But I am very well organized. Here is how I would sort the baseball cards:

After opening up baseball cards, I know there is a long road to sorting. First I search for PC, Yankees, Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter which is Pile One. I then take out the inserts or hits for Pile 2 and 3  is if there is a jersey or auto hits. After that I take out the non auto/jersey cards with the rookie symbol or if its a Bowman or Panini Elite Extra Edition product prospects will go there as well making up Pile 4. Pile 5 will consist of Star players (players I consider a star I base on if they are listed under a products pricing in Beckett and ones that I like as well). And that leaves pile 6, which are base cards. There is even a Pile 7 but that will come later on.

Now with Pile 1, I will go into a binder with the rest of the Yankees. I label the outside of the binder with a NY1. All of my binders are labeled. I sometimes will have to backtrack to make sure I don't have duplicates of the cards I am putting in. Those duplicates I put into Pile 7. I then follow suit with the Ken Griffey Jr. and Derek Jeter Cards. I have an 2 old Trapper Keepers with their photos on them so I know which binder is for which player. I put the cards in and place the duplicates in Pile 7.

Pile 2, I take out the star players I keep like I do in Pile 5 and place them there in Pile 5. With the rest I put them into my insert binder unless the insert is valued above $20. The ones valued over $20 get placed into a penny sleeve, top loader and are placed into a tote that is labeled inserts. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into another pile which we call Pile 7.

Pile 3, jersey or thick cards are placed into a 50-100 count plastic box. If I happen to have a 25 count box, perfect size for jersey cards without damaging them, I use that so they are all in their own cases. The autographs I place into penny sleeves then into top loaders and into a separate tote.

Pile 4 gets separated into 3 piles. You can call that 4a, 4b, 4c. 4a is for True Rookies as listed in Beckett. If Beckett doesn't list a rookie as a true rookie meaning the RC symbol next to their name, that gets put into the 4c pile. 4b pile is for Bowman Prospects or Elite Extra Edition cards. And the last pile, 4c, is for the ones marked rookie on the card but are not True Rookies. With the True Rookies, I sort those by teams then place them into a binder that has separators for each team and are labeled that way. The prospects get their own binder but are not sorted by team but sometimes may be sorted by number . And finally the rookies with the symbol but are not True Rookies get placed into their own binder not by team as well. If there are any duplications, I keep em. There is nothing like having rookie cards on hand True Rookie or not. The hobby is built on rookie cards.

Pile 5 of star players get sorted by player, then placed into a 800 count white box labeled Bsbll players on the outside. Each player is labeled and separated by index cards. I used to store these in binders but found it easier to use the boxes. If there are any duplications, those get pulled and placed into pile 7. Sometimes with these it takes extra work if you buy older products. I go through and search just to make sure I don't have any duplications between the new one I just got and to the older ones already in the box. Can be time consuming.

Pile 6 can be the most time consuming of all. I take all of the base cards, sort them by number. I then place them into 800 count white boxes. I label them by brand and year. The outside of the box I put a number depending on what box I am on but for an example 7. I then take the number 7, write it into a book. And write the contents inside for easy searching. Depending on how many I have of each product, every box holds between 6-7 different brands.

And finally this leaves us with Pile 7, which is the duplications. The inserts I use for giveaways on here among other cards I pull out as well :) The double base cards and star players I use to build the Yard Sale boxes I spoke of on here a couple of times.

Now this seems like a lot of work and yes it is. So don't ever fall too far behind on sorting or buy too much at once lol. But I find this sorting really efficient and easy to find stuff you need or are looking for.

Let me know your thoughts on this crazy sorting. And how you sort your baseball cards.