Then, I figured out what to do to make everything organized and orderly.
First, I beg you to read the entire thing before condemning me to card collector hell.
Like I said, I need uniformity and order to calm my nerves. What better way to do this than to have my PC cards graded? I don't care about the grade - it's the slab I'm looking for. This orders everything, puts every card in its own encapsulation and gives the card information at the top. Everything I need to satisfy my OCD tendencies is right there.
I know many of you hate graded cards. I even came across an article from Fuji earlier this year in my search for grading information condemning Beckett Grading Services for their "Collector's Club" grading scale (it's ridiculous).
But, for me, the idea gives me comfort. I know some of you love the feel of a card and being able to thumb through it. Me...not so much. I'm one of the people who wants everything to be in pristine condition* so that when I want to look at it 20 years from now, it looks brand new.
(*I blame this partially on my grandfather who, before he passed, collected coins. He would only add uncirculated coins to his collection, and I believe this wore off on me!)
I know that some of you would argue that I can purchase one-snaps for my cards rather than getting the cards graded. I thought this would be a plausible answer to my problem, as well. Unfortunately, I don't like them for some reason. I honestly can't put my finger on why I don't like them, I just know that I don't.
So, here I stand before you, begging your mercy and pleading with you not to kick me out of your card collecting fraternity for wanting graded cards. Please understand that it's an OCD thing for me!