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One Heck of a Sports Room
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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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:

  1. Did not look completely hideous
  2. Had doors so we could hide my collection when we had company.
  3. Was deep enough to fit 5,000 count boxes
  4. 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:


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