With that in mind, I am going to get this post out so I can sit back and watch the battle unfold.
Since joining the cardboard blogging community, I've learned that there are some incredible writers out there. There are also a ton of fascinating posts. Of all the different topics that are featured, one thing I like to read about the most is a blogger's "card room."
I have joked in the past about having OCD tendencies - I really do have them - so seeing how someone has their collection organized really makes me happy.
So I've been thinking about how I can get my collection organized. The weeks leading up to my visit to Minneapolis featured very little time at home, much less working on my collection. Today was my first real day to take a break from school and relax, so I decided to start getting organized.
Before I start, however, I want to show you how my "card room" stands at the moment. Rather than being a room, it has pretty much spread to my entire one-bedroom, 800 square-foot apartment. Let's take a look (no judgment!):
This bookshelf was intended to be a temporary storage spot for a few books and some binders until I bought a better bookshelf. I'm kind of a tightass, so I can't yet bring myself to spend a large amount of money on a "proper" bookshelf. You can see my binders on the bottom shelf. The middle and top shelves are holding actual books and a few cards. The top of the bookshelf has quite a few loose cards that need to be logged and sorted into my collection and trade bait.
This is the corner of my dresser. On it, a ton of loose Bowman. To the right, a small box of unsorted Rangers cardboard on top of my sorting tray...which is full of Rangers cardboard that is in the process of being sorted! Underneath the tray are four 3200 count boxes (which you can't see) that are slowly being sorted as well. Even further to the right (and not in the photo) are my autographed and game-used bats.
Now we move to my one and only closet. The top rack has a few cards that are parts of various collections (Along with some of my Funko Pop! bobbleheads - I know, I'm a nerd)....
On the top rack we have a few of the sets I've decided to keep from my days of trying to build every set that Topps releases (which was a stupid idea)....
Up top, boxes from my Rangers bobbleheads. Below, in the box on the left resides my trade bait. The middle box houses my slabbed cards, and I'm not really sure what is in the box on the right.
Tucked away in one corner of my living room are my Blu-Rays and DVDs. On top are a few of my autographed baseballs. I'm working on a better way to display these, but I haven't found a way that I can afford yet. Remember, I'm a poor graduate student!
Lastly, and perhaps most embarrassingly, is my desk. I have cards all over the place here, all of which need to be logged and put away. This desk is really a mess.
So there you have it. Now you know why I am trying to get organized. The collection is officially an absolute mess.
But wait, this is all just an intro for a CONTEST!!!!
Here's what I'm asking: Write up a post that features your "card room" and share it with us all! Include some pictures, as I need ideas on how to get organized. Once you've finished your post, paste a link to your post in the comments below! The contest will be open until Monday, August 21, so that gives you 8 days!
Once all links are posted, I will make a post strictly for them. Then I will put all entries into a poll and allow my readers to vote for their favorite post! The voting will be open until Friday, August 26. The person receiving the most votes will win a package of cardboard from me!
I hope to see a ton of card rooms! LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!!