Wednesday, April 18, 2012

All you can eat, anyone?

I've been wanting to do this for the past several years, but I have been unable to convince enough people to join
me.  So I am inviting all my new blogosphere friends to join me.

The Staten Island Yankees have an All you can eat offer.  If you checked the link, you can see this is a sweet deal for $22.  I need nine other people to join me or this won't fly.  I am looking at July 24, 2012 at 7pm.  That's a Tuesday, against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

If you've never been to a minor league game, now is the time.  It's great to watch these young kids play.  Most will never get to "the show", but their attitude and hustle and love of the game is great to watch.

The ballpark is located in Richmond, just two blocks from the Staten Island ferry terminal.

Contact me via e-mail.  I am setting an May 1st deadline to purchase the tickets.  Come on, it will be fun.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

What does your "card space" look like?

Every once in a while, I'll watch a video of a pack break or someone's Happy St. Patrick's Day Video and in the background, you will get to see a little bit of their "card space".  It got me wondering what everyone else's card space looks like and is it as messy as mine.  Although, I'm sure some of you will say it's not that bad.

Here is  an overview of my primary work area, my computer, scanner, etc is here.

It's actually gotten a little worse since I first took this picture.

Here is a closer look.

Those are a 3000 and a 5000 count box.  These have all my inserts, game used, parallels, etc. in them. My hope this year is to get it down to just the 5000 count box.

The area over the computer needs a serious cleaning.  The complete sets need to go to the Rubbermaid storage boxes I keep in the attic.  The stacks of cards need to go with my other cards in the basement.  If a stack is up there, it usually means I'm in the middle of a trade and I am searching that particular set for cards.
It's easier to keep them up here than making treks up and down the stairs to the basement.

This is where I'm sorting cards, at least for the moment.  The computer is now in the white cabinet in the background to give me some more space. The "sorting table" is in the furnace room, nice and warm in there with very little humidity.  I have yet to open those boxes of 2011 Topps Series Two, and Update.

Yikes, what a mess. It's interesting, I know this is a mess, but immortalizing it on the internet makes it seem even messier than I thought.  This is also in the furnace room.  On the right are a host of things.  The vending boxes have 1979-1983ish, Topps, Fleer, and Donruss.  In the boxes on the middle shelf are partial Yankee team sets. Each box is a different brand.  Underneath that shelf are two 5000 counts.  The one on the left has most recent cards from sets that I haven't completed.  The one on the right has mostly starter lots of cards that I need to trade.

The bread and butter.  All those boxes on the top shelf, are sets that I am working on.  I haven't done the math, but I estimate about 30 different sets at this time.  Most are for me, but some are for my two sons.
Beneath the set boxes are 3 5000 counts.  The one on the left has Score (which I don't collect), the middle one has more Score and recent Bazooka.  The one on the right is all Fleer, I believe it starts with 1993 and ends with 2006.  You can't see it in the picture, but there is another shelf below.  That shelf has 6, 5000 count boxes, mixed sets, Upper Deck, Fleer, Topps.

My goal is to get these areas under control and quickly.  As you know from a previous post, I'm a Virgo, and  I can't stand all this clutter.  Besides, it makes it difficult sometimes to find cards that I need for trade and I'm afraid of cards being damaged.

So, what does your card space look like?

I forgot to show this,

This is a better picture of what is the right hand side of the basement card area. Look closely at the top shelf, there is something(s) there you will see in a very near future post. No, it's not the fluorescent light bulbs.