As I’ve mentioned, I wasn’t completely celibate in regards to baseball cards during my hiatus. While I was focusing most of my time on family and farm life, I did manage to have a secret tryst with a going-out-of-business collection from a local store. I managed to squirrel these cards away in my office, and would work on them during my lunch break.
Over the course of a week, I went through each of the 21 boxes. To my surprise, there were a lot of cards in there that I did not have. Yet, there was still the mounds of junk wax. What made it worse was that since this lot came from a card shop, there were doubles. LOTS of doubles. In fact, 1,054 individual cards had more than 10 doubles. Wait, how do I know that?
Well, after rummaging through the cards, I decided to punish myself and log each and every card into a spreadsheet. Yeah, you read that right. I counted and logged 65,316 cards, of which, 43,852 are doubles (Note: This doesn’t include about 5,000 minor league cards…beastly things).
Not satisfied with just “counting” the cards, I made a database, which I uploaded to Google Drive. The database can be found under the “Inventory” link in the top right header.
I made the database searchable, too. You can filter the results based on: Year, Manufacturer, Brand, Set Name, Insert Set Name, Card Type, Card No., Player, Team, etc.
Now, I’m sure you’re asking why I did this. For one, it helps me figure out what cards I have, and by elimination, I can figure out what cards I need. But, I also created it for you. Personally, I do not like searching want lists, so I made my have list available. Granted, this is only a small sampling of what I have, but it’s a start.
One day, I’ll have all the cards in there and then I’ll open the flood gates for trading (or purchase if you are so inclined). Enjoy searching the cards!