|One Heck of a Sports Room
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Posted by jaygross
I read some recent criticisms of Bill Simmons that he is too Boston based in his blogs, and I realized that I am guilty of the same. Since my Red Sox won the World Series, my Pats beat the Colts to go 9-0, and my Celtics beat the Nets & Pacers on the road to be the NBA's last undefeated team at 6-0, I think it's time I focus on more collecting topics for a little while.
Many of our members have asked me how I store my collection. They assume I must have an awesome sports room to show off all my favorite treasures. Unfortunately, I live in New York City where space is at a premium - meaning that I am lucky not to put all my cards at a storage facility miles away. Because of my space constraints, I pretty much only collect autographs on cards these days.
A few years ago my wife got sick of my cards being cluttered all over the place, so she allowed me to buy a storage unit. We searched for a bit and found one from Pier One to put in our office for all my cards. It was really important we found something that:
- Did not look completely hideous
- Had doors so we could hide my collection when we had company.
- Was deep enough to fit 5,000 count boxes
- Could hold all of my cards - otherwise I'd had to part with a ton of them.
Right now I'm guessing there is 50,000-70,000 cards inside of it
(divided by sport, mostly alphabetized by player in 5000 count monster
boxes). As you can see from the pictures above, I have filled it
completely and I am getting scared I soon won't be able to buy any more
cards. I just realized how funny it is that you can see I keep my envielopes ready on the bottm
shelf and the stacks of cards on the second shelf are the ones I am
thinking about sending for autographs.
As for how I store my autographed cards, I store the majority in 3,000 count boxes in the top shelf of the cabinet. I figure it's a dry, dark, and safe place for them. I do have a few my sets stored in binders on a bookshelf (not pictured).
Now I know some of you guys have some amazing sports rooms out there in the suburbs... and I am just so jealous. One of our members Steve recently moved into a new place and did an amazing job turning the garage into a great sports room:
Mouseover to see pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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