While I’ve mentioned card and autograph collecting on and off throughout the life of this blog, it only became a big part of my posting activity in 2017 when I got pulled back into the card collecting world by the SABR Baseball Cards blog.
I’ve since joined SABR and taken up posting on that blog as well. You can read just my posts but I’d encourage everyone to read the entire blog as it’s dedicated to the fun parts of the hobby, remembering the joy that collecting brought us as kids, and writing about the history of cards and how they’ve intersected with our lives and beyond.
I’m also blogging about cards and collecting here. SABR is generally not a “talk about your collection” kind of blog so unless a post can make a connection beyond “this is what I have” it will end up here. There’s also no guarantee that I’ll just talk about card collecting. Autographs and other ephemera are also fair game and fall outside the scope of the SABR blog.
Wantlists and projects
One of the fun things about reintegrating into the hobby has been finding a number of like-minded peers who are enjoying trading over the internet. Real trading rather than market-price stuff. We all have dupes or find things that someone else will like. We all have our own particular wantlists and projects. And we all enjoy seeing someone else geek out over a card which fills a hole in their quest.
I’m no exception. I’ve enjoyed sending cards out. It’s a joy when I actually have something someone else wants or needs (this happens rarely given the junk wax nature of my collection). And it’s fun to compile and list my wantlists and explain my projects. Oh, and it’s fun to receive surprise cards in the mail.
I’ve got two current projects I’m working on. The first is Giants Team sets up to 1993 (for Topps and, maybe eventually, Bowman). I need to figure out what I want to do with 1994, the strike, and beyond although I will gladly accept cards from those years. The second is Stanford Alumni, a quest which will take me from the 1990s to the present and has been a great way to learn about the baseball card landscape I missed.
I’ve also got a random wantlist of various less-thought-out interests and a wantlist for sets I’m building, planning to build, or have enough cards of that momentum suggests I build.
- Collecting—covering baseball cards and autographs and who knows what else on this blog.
- My posts on SABR Baseball Cards.
- The larger ephemera category on this blog which includes all the collecting posts but also gets into found photographs and anything else which isn’t strictly a collectible.
- Cards I’ve received via trades.
- San Francisco (and New York) Giants wantlist
- Stanford Alumni wantlist
- Random wantlist of smaller projects I’m working on
- Set Building needs and status
On the topic of wantlists I’ve put together a Google Docs consolidated wantlist with each decade* in a new tab. It’s mainly for me so I don’t have to search multiple pages for a specific year but it also matches how other people sort their duplicates too. The default filter view hides the cards (The “Owned” column will have an ‘X’ if I have it) I have but I have the different projects flagged on there for ease of use. If you switch to a temporary filter view you can explore the different projects and see how things are coming.
*Well sort of each decade as I broke out sets I’m trying to build and everything past 1994 is lumped together since I haven’t figured out my strategy yet beyond Stanford and Giants guys.
1980–1994 is a bit complicated as things start to overlap with my childhood collection and I haven’t consolidated that stuff. So the Google Sheet is a list of cards I know I want and cards I know I have in my current collection but does not include any of the cards I have in my Childhood one.