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My Trading Card Collection

I have been collecting cards as long as I can recall...I got this crazy idea to scan them all...

I have not seen some of these cards for nearly two decades so I don't expect this to be complete anytime soon. It's an on-going project. It will be a fun adventure to see what is in each box as I dig them out of long-term storage. Each scan has to be edited three ways and labeled so it's also not a quick process. And there is the constant problem of dust on the scanner and the standard card pages I use to scan them in! They are like magnets for dust...

My first cards were the 1988 Leesley Bigfoot cards, which I got new. Then I took on NASCAR in 1993, after discovering the sport at Christmas 1992. Around 1995 I stopped the non-sports (unfortunatly) totally, in April 1996 I took up NBA basketball cards and didn't pay too much attention to NASCAR and none at all to non-sports at the time. Eventually, I quit basketball in 2006, but NASCAR sustained me as I had refocued on them in 2003, though I had always gotten a pack or two, or more from some sets that I really liked, from 96-03. I also purchased a full 5000 count box for $25 at a card show that gave me a decent run of cards from some 90s sets. 2007 and 2008 I was out of the hobby almost totally, in 2009 I came back, and since 2010 I've actually been focusing more on non-sports than NASCAR, mainly due to the fact that I can't stand Press Pass, the only company doing the NASCAR cards. I'm also trying to make up for the lost time I was out of that segment of the hobby. The non-sports cards also have a very long, rich history, dating back to 1879, although the oldest I've got at the time of typing this (August 27th, 2012) is from 1952. (1948 if you count the entire collection of NBA, NASCAR and non-sports)

Box Breaks
I love to open a box of cards. I used to do two boxes of most NBA and NASCAR sets, but I can't afford to do that anymore. I will try and document some older boxes that I can pull from my collection files and will try and keep up with new boxes- I now average about 4 boxes a year, instead of 1 per week as during 2002-05.
albums: 7
Card Events
Documenting events related to cards, like cards I got for my birthday, etc.
albums: 4
Error Gallery
I have always enjoyed error cards, and I've made the effort to collect as many as I can. I decided to create the section to show all my errors, sorted not by subject matter, as I had been doing, but by kind of error, mixing NASCAR, Basketball and non-sports together for the first time. I decided to do this in June but finally got a chance to work on it on July 23rd, 2013, although at this time almost all of my basketball errors are as yet un-scanned.
albums: 13
Favorites
albums: 2
Motorsports
All forms of auto racing that are not NASCAR.
albums: 10
NASCAR
NASCAR is the most important thing in my life...my life revolves around it.

Decided to break out the NASCAR cards into yearly albums on 3/27/12. With over 250 pages in the main album, it was very difficult to find anything I was looking for. Also, it would be interesting to know how many cards I have from each season.
albums: 43
NBA Basketball
From 1996-2006 I collected NBA basketball cards like there was no tomorrow. The bulk of my collection is from the 1986-87 revival until 2005-2006.

I ran out of money then and I was not overly happy with the way the cards were going...I like large sets with all the players in the league and we were not getting that.

I prided myself on having at least one example of every major set ever issued, though that ends at 05-06 I think-maybe 04-05.

I was also printed in Beckett about 10 times as well. If you go through the issues and find a letter from Billy Kingsley...that's me. I've been out of the hobby for so long I don't recall what issues or the topics of my LOC were about, except one, which was asking if the card companies washed the jerseys and other Game used items. The answer was no, by the way.

I have gotten back into the NBA...and I think I'm enjoying it more now than I did before! (absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say). I'm back to collecting cards full time again but I can no longer afford one or more boxes of each set released- I get what I can and am thrilled to have it.
albums: 64
NHL Hockey
I began secretly watching NHL hockey in November 2016 and in January 2017 I went all in on the sport. Thanks to my friends, including in the card blogosphere and on the Trading Card Database I have been given more than 3000 hockey cards- before I even announced that I had become a fan of the game. The cards have not stopped rolling in since then, thanks to my generous fellow collectors.
albums: 57
Non-Sports
Non-sports is one of my favorite areas of the hobby. I favor the historical and military subjects, as well as Star Wars and comics, but I have all kinds of strange and interesting cards not mentioned in this caption.
albums: 22
Other Sports
Hockey, Baseball, Football, etc. as well as Multi-Sport sets
albums: 17
Packaging
Scans (or if too large to fit on the scanner, photographs) of card packaging and related.
albums: 4
Scans of card backs
The original album got full. Didn't know that could happen, but I did it!
albums: 14
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Cardboard History images

On November 22nd, 2014, I started a blog about my trading card collection, called Cardboard History. This album contains images I've created to post on the blog, ranging from collages of recent acquisitions, themes I wish to post about, screencaps of my Database stats or Excel charts, and even photos. Whatever is related to my blog.
You can read it here: http://cardboardhistory.blogspot.com/

Album was created 2 years 8 months ago and modified 1 month ago
All scans from my collection. Not for sale or trade.
 
Checklist Help

In this album I will post scans of cards I do not have a checklist on. Any help getting a full checklist for them would be appreciated.

Album was created 1 year 6 months ago and modified 6 months ago
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My 1 of 1s

All subjects

Album was created 11 months ago and modified 11 months ago
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My NBA Artwork

Not very good, but I was only 11 years old when I did it.

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Scanned from various sources.
 
Trading Card Ads
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Available for Trade

I only trade duplicates! I have lots of duplicates available, I typed them into Excel and screencapped them for the album.

I've made over 50 trades, and can document my feedback from Trader Retreat and NUTS (NASCAR card forum)...maybe Beckett's board, I have not posted there in more than 5 years.

Anything not visible in my collection albums are cards I don't have, and therefore, want! I'm a set completist. I have scanned my entire NASCAR and non-sports collections, NBA still has a long way to go before I have them all scanned.

Color Code:
Black text = base card, blue = paralell, red=insert (appears more maroon in the screencap), orange= paralell of insert, green=promo or prototype, purple = relic. I have no autographs available but if I did they would be pink.

The small number to the right of the car description is quantity I have available.

For any cards I trade, give or sell away, I will make note of it in the caption area, large enough updates will get a new screencap.

Album was created 5 years 3 months ago and modified 2 months ago
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Scans of card backs

I hadn't been scanning the backs of the cards, until I started posting them to the Trading Card Database.

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2013 Box-a-Month additions

As I am celebrating my 25th year of being in the hobby during 2013, my goal is to do at least one box a month during the year. Something that, in the mid-2000s would have been no problem...but since 2006, I've done less than 12 boxes combined...

Album was created 4 years 9 months ago and modified 3 years 5 months ago
All scan collages are of cards in my collection. Not for trade or sale.
 
Master Collection

In the trading card hobby, a Master Collection is the term used when you have all base cards and all inserts. I'm modifying it a bit to be all cards in my collection!

Album was created 5 years ago and modified 2 months ago
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2013 New Additions

As 2013 is my 25th Anniversary collecting trading cards, I am determined to make it a very big year for my collection! This is a look at the cards added to my collection during 2013...

Album was created 4 years 10 months ago and modified 4 years 9 months ago
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New Additions by Month

More fun with PhotoScape!

I have been collecting since at least 1988, and I have been keeping my collection listed on paper since 1998 or so- maybe 1997. Eventually I got the idea to write in the date I got each card...no real reason other than OCD. Eventually, I can go back and figure it out for each month back to late 1997 or early 1998 for most of them. Unfortunatly I don't always write it down right away, so I don't know the dates for many of them, and I didn't start until I was already collecting for about a decade.

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Completed Sets

My photo editing program (Photoscape) allows a combine feature...I thought it might be fun to see if I can combine a complete set into one image.

I prefer to collect base sets- it wouldn't bother me any if they stopped doing autographs, relics and any other gimmicks, and just went back to putting out solid, documentary style sets.

Album was created 5 years 2 months ago and modified 5 years 1 month ago
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Expired Redemption Cards

What's worse than pulling an expired redemption? Ideally I will be able to find the cards I should have gotten if the card companies hadn't done stupid things like putting an expiration date on these things.

Album was created 1 year 11 months ago and modified 1 month ago
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Random shots
Album was created 4 years 11 months ago and modified 4 months ago
All scans are of cards in my collection. Not for sale or trade.
 
NBA Player Encyclopedia

I got the idea on 1/16/14. One card for each player in my collection...the idea came to me when editing my scan of the 1995-96 Metal Clifford Rozier card. It's a work in progress- my collection is less than 1/10th scanned. What is scanned are the players I have only one card of, or at least did as of 2011, and all the players I've added to my collection since I came back to collecting full time in 2012. I don't expect to finish scanning until 2016 at the earliest, so it will be a while before I finish, but I know from my records, what survived after a floppy disk crash, that I have over 2000 different people in my collection.
For most of the players who came into my collection in 2012 or later, the card chosen is simply the first one to enter my collection. For players who I don't have that information, (I'm OCD!) I chose the card that best represents them.
Includes the NBA, ABA, International (primarily Olympics) and Hall of Fame people, it does not include players who only got college cards, or WNBA cards- those albums will be forthcoming, once I finish scanning them.

Album was created 3 years 9 months ago and modified 3 years 9 months ago
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How I scanned my entire collection

A look behind the scenes!

Photos #1-19 have full labels describing the process in detail

Album was created 7 years 3 months ago and modified 7 years 3 months ago
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My Top 10 Favorite Sets

Read the captions to see my reasons!

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NASCAR Trading Cards-generic shots
Album was created 12 years 4 months ago and modified 4 years 9 months ago
All photos are of items in my collection. Not for trade or sale.
 
Boxes- non-sports/Other

The boxes and packs my cards come in. Random photos of cards.

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NASCAR trading card boxes

Boxes that NASCAR cards came in!

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Card Boxes-NBA

Pictures of the box that cards came in. This one for the NBA Cards. I only thought of this on 10/5/04, If I had thought of it sooner I could have had alot more pictured! Oh well.

Album was created 13 years 2 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
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NBA Collection random shots

Photos of some of the big-time cards in my collection

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