Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Pursuit of Organization

The monthly card show was today, but I was not able to attend it. The budget did not allow it, so I spent the weekend watching spring training games on TV (as well as the Bruins and Celtics) and organizing.

Not just cards, mind you. For years I have had a storage space, and just like everyone else, money has become tighter and tighter. I work two jobs (sometimes both the same day), and since one of them is a retail job, the hours and how many hours I get per week will vary. Some weeks I've had sixty hours between the two jobs. Some weeks I barely make forty.  My day job is full time, so I do have health insurance. But each year it costs more and more for less and less.

It was not a heated space, so everything was in plastic bins which I stacked as high as they would go. Well, about a year ago I decided that I was tired of paying the $90 a month for the space so I began paring it down to a more manageable level. What I quickly realized is that I apparently had not thrown away anything since 1987.

I kept books I would never read again, papers I would never need again....and the magazines! Billboard, Hit Parader, Playstation, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated...bins and bins of them! And baseball card magazines! Yes, bins of those too!


If you published a magazine about baseball cards, I bought it...and saved it.

However, I have since thrown out the majority of them. I kept a few of the older ones for sentimental reasons, and how else could I be reminded that I could have bought 100 Gregg Jefferies 1988 Donruss cards for $250?

Or that 100 Mark Grace cards would have set you back $200?

I never understood that. There is way too much risk involved for me. The only time I bought a significant amount of one card (it was nowhere near 100 cards though) was the '91 - '92 Upper Deck Hockey Gilbert Dionne.

Who is Gilbert Dionne you may ask?

Exactly. That's why I don't do that sort of thing.

I also had a lot of these:

I had a lot of football, basketball, baseball and a couple of hockey ones. These were big in the late 80's - early 90's, but there is very little interest in them now. I sold most of them at a yard sale for $1 a piece.

So for the past year or so it has looked like we were just moving in. Bins and bins everywhere. Believe it or not, this January I was able to stop paying for the storage space and move just about everything into the spare bedroom. It's a little cramped due a few bins still being in the kitchen and living room, but at least now I"m not spending money for storage or for gas to get down there.

I did sort some cards during the Red Sox spring training victory today against the Rays. The Red Sox pitchers actually had a perfect game for 8 1/3 innings, although I don't think a lot of people realized it. I didn't until it was mentioned in the ninth inning.

Everything I sorted was from the "junk wax" era. No hits here.

Some examples:

1992 Fleer Ultra. I really like this set, however I like the 1993 set better.

1992 Pinnacle. Another "worthless" set I enjoy.

I have no idea how I got this or even if I have any more. It goes with the Panini '92 Baseball album which I do not have...yet.

Finally something I didn't buy very much of, 1992 Triple Play. It wasn't because I didn't like the set, it just ended up that way. I would buy another box if it was cheap enough.

I tell you when I'm finished with all of this there is going one hell of a party. Cheap beer and 1990 Topps for everyone!

So here's to life, liberty and the pursuit of organization.


  1. That had to be a little fun, checking out all the baseball items that you have accumulated over the years. What are you going to do with all the extra stuff?

    1. I'm not sure yet. Some of it I'll probably keep, some I may work into trades or sell.