I am in a perpetual state of trying to get organized and have been trying to place even more effort on it over the past few months. I dream of the day when all the cards that I want as part of my collection are in labeled binders and boxes and easy to find. I also dream of the day where my duplicates and cards that don't really fit into my collecting focus are in clearly labeled boxes and I have a strategy to move them along to someone that might appreciate them better.
One unfortunate consequence of 2015 being the year of the base card for me is that I ended up acquiring a large number of new cards. Just trying to keep them organized took up all the time I had so I have made very little progress. Towards the end of 2015, I wasn't posting much but still added a lot of stuff to my collection I wanted to share and had many ideas for posts. I decided to stack my new cards on a table I have in my card room and not file any new cards until they had been properly scanned and/or sorted.
Well here was the result of that plan:
I have decided that I am going to try and focus some time over the next couple weeks deciding which cards are scan and blog worthy and which aren't then composing some posts to share my cards. I am still behind on some trade posts and have made a few more in the last couple weeks so I may intertwine some trade posts into the mix but most of my hobby focus is going to be on properly clearing this table off.
Tonight I am going to start with just a few random Giants "hits" I have purchased. When looking through the stack of hits (it is the stack farthest to the left with a Topps Archive auto on top, a thought crossed my mind and I pulled these cards that kind of triggered the thought.
How does the explosion of online access to buy and sell cards over the past decade impact my joy and satisfaction with the hobby? I will share my personal reflections as I share these cards and feel free to comment with your thoughts.
Overall, I think the new online marketplaces have transformed our hobby into one where the joy of opening a pack or trading with your buddy to get that final card for a set extremely rare. However, being able to track down a 14-15 year old autographed card with a few clicks of the mouse does offer a different kind of satisfaction that I think better fits my collecting desires and makes for a more satisfying hobby. What do you think?