As I’m starting to get back into The Hobby, I find myself wondering how I want to protect my cards from damage. There are endless options: three ring binders with the 9 cards a page protective sheets, top loaders, monster boxes, the hinged-thingamjigs, penny sleeves, shoeboxes, I could go on and on. Right now I’ve got a bunch in top loaders and a bunch in binders, but I want to make sure I’m doing this the safest way possible.
I’m trying to sort my vast collection that I’ve amassed over the years (including all of my new goodies from my three-month binge since I’ve been sucked back into collecting) so I need to come up with the best strategy to protect my collection, and also to catalog it. Is there a certain dollar value that any of you require to put a card in a top loader vs. a penny sleeve? What about complete sets…do you store those in large boxes with other cards or do you get a box for just that set?
Lastly, how do you catalog your cards (or do you?)? Is there software that you use to track what you own, do you do it yourself in a spreadsheet? Any helpful tips from my collecting colleagues would be greatly appreciated!