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Old 04-05-2021, 12:58 PM
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Hi all -

From what I've read here, at least some of you store relatively valuable cards in binders. Obviously we all have different definitions of what "relatively valuable" means, but how have you been able to get comfortable with that (whatever your $ threshold may be)?

I ask because I'm finding my boxes of top loaders to be pretty unfulfilling. I buy the card, I admire it, I put it away, and there it pretty much stays. I would like to enjoy my cards more, but putting, say, a $300 card in a plastic sheet would give me some anxiety. Any advice for getting over that?
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Old 04-05-2021, 01:33 PM
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I struggle with this too. For a long time I would keep sets in binders but pull out the most valuable cards to keep in top loaders or one touches in a lock box.

Then I went a step further and pulled out all the significant rookies and put them into top loaders too. But that just got me frustrated because there were so many gaps in my binders that it didnt make any sense. Almost became just binders full of commons that Id never look at.

Right now I only have relatively modestly priced complete sets in binders - (all cards - rookies, superstars, etc) Topps 1970, 1971 and 1973 - 2020.

Once I get going on the 60s, who knows. I cant imagine Id want to keep my 1961 Mantle in a binder. Honestly, another factor that I always keep in the back of my mind is a fire. If there is a fire I can easily grab my lock box of most valuable cards but Id never be able to run out with all my binders.

Check out the thread I started on the main page about storing 1933 Goudeys. Several posters recommended links to cool looking binders that have slip cases for an extra level of protection. Ill probably go that route for Goudey and 50s topps sets where even the semi stars will need some extra care.
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Old 04-05-2021, 01:46 PM
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I'm aware of the one binder/sheets product out there that is meant to store top loaders, but they're really expensive and store relatively few cards.
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Old 04-05-2021, 01:55 PM
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I have not done this yet, but it's on my list as I've got quite a few sets in binders going back to the 50's - some with all the cards in them and some with the higher price/graded cards pulled out.

Anyway, I plan to pull the higher value cards out, make color copies of them and then put the photos of them back in the binders and keep the actual cards stored someplace safer.

BTW, I also strongly dislike blank spots in my binders.
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Anyway, I plan to pull the higher value cards out, make color copies of them and then put the photos of them back in the binders and keep the actual cards stored someplace safer.
That is a great idea.
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:20 PM
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I have not done this yet, but it's on my list as I've got quite a few sets in binders going back to the 50's - some with all the cards in them and some with the higher price/graded cards pulled out.

Anyway, I plan to pull the higher value cards out, make color copies of them and then put the photos of them back in the binders and keep the actual cards stored someplace safer.

BTW, I also strongly dislike blank spots in my binders.

Yes, that is what I have done. For instance in the 1973 Topps set, the Schmidt rookie is a photocopy of the front and back.

Generally if it is worth more than $30-40 I have a photocopy in there.

I'm also not super picky on my binder sets, VG is good enough.

For my HOF singles collection, I generally prefer a little better grade.
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:29 PM
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All my cards for all my sets (that's every Topps and Bowman set back to 1948) are in the binders with only one exception.

I have the Mantle and Mays rookies from 1951 Bowman tucked away with reprints in their place.
Other than that they are all there with all their brothers. Since I'm the only one who looks at them I have no worries about them being mishandled. I know how to open and flip binder pages.

I did have one other variation. My 1954 Aaron rookie is in the binder, but i trimmed down a top loader so it would fit in the pocket and have the Aaron resting between the plastic.
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:36 PM
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Mark, you have a 52 Mantle in a binder?!?! I love it!!!
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Old 04-05-2021, 05:54 PM
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All of my sets are either in binders or the appropriate size card box for the set. There are a few cards I keep in top loaders (52 Mantle, Robinson, Campanella and Mathews, 54 Aaron, 55 Clemente and Koufax, and a few other cards from the 50s, but everything else is together with the set. My cards are already VG at best so I figure keeping them in a binder or box can't do too much more damage to them.

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Old 04-07-2021, 10:11 AM
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I use reprints for as a stand-in for my most valuable cards. The only good use for a reprint in my opinion.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:48 PM
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I love putting sets in binders. Makes it easier to flip through them and admire them, remember putting them together, etc. And I put all the stars, HOFers, whatever in the binder. Even $100 BV cards, $400 BV cards, whatever go into the binder.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:25 PM
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I keep my cards in card savers and put the card savers in binders.

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I keep my sets in binders and the higher dollar cards are also in there but I put them in card savers and then insert them into the 4 pocket pages that were made for postcards.
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I keep my sets in binders and the higher dollar cards are also in there but I put them in card savers and then insert them into the 4 pocket pages that were made for postcards.
This. Except I use Mylar for the prewar and more acid-vulnerable cards. And these binders are great:

https://www.unikeep.com/binders-and-...ay-3-pack.html
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i have a toploader binder and z folio for cheaper $10 and under cards i love them both b/c I can look at my cards!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:16 AM
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Everyone of my cards go in binder. But none are more than $300ish (maybe only one $500ish). I break them all out of slabs. I might keep a rare card in slab and display on my shelf someday...but, haven't gotten there yet.
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This. Except I use Mylar for the prewar and more acid-vulnerable cards. And these binders are great:

https://www.unikeep.com/binders-and-...ay-3-pack.html
LuckyLarry can direct anyone to a mylar card sleeve site if folks need some; I would but I've lost the link.

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I have ordered several things from them also. Their sleeves are awesome. I wouldn't recommend their card kits. I bought several hundred and the whole ordeal was a complete cluster F*ck at best.
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Hi all -

From what I've read here, at least some of you store relatively valuable cards in binders. Obviously we all have different definitions of what "relatively valuable" means, but how have you been able to get comfortable with that (whatever your $ threshold may be)?

I ask because I'm finding my boxes of top loaders to be pretty unfulfilling. I buy the card, I admire it, I put it away, and there it pretty much stays. I would like to enjoy my cards more, but putting, say, a $300 card in a plastic sheet would give me some anxiety. Any advice for getting over that?
If you are collecting as an investment verses collecting because they are yours and you won't be selling them, binders may not work for you.

I have 69 - 76 sets all in binders and there are some value cards in those sets. I like to take them out and have legal flashbacks of my youth. Growing up I collected cards, never invested in any card I ever had to get to complete a set.

All a matter of ones perspective I guess.

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I love putting sets in binders. Makes it easier to flip through them and admire them, remember putting them together, etc. And I put all the stars, HOFers, whatever in the binder. Even $100 BV cards, $400 BV cards, whatever go into the binder.
Sam here. I don't care the value of the card, it goes in the binder. None of my cards have ever been damaged by doing this.

I used to have pre 1960 cards in hard plastic cases, but I never looked at them, they were just stored in a box on a shelf. Transitioning them into binders. Koufax,Maris,Mantle,Mays,Castleman etc going into the Binder.
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I especially like this idea because I am one to organize and then reorganize my cards in different ways over time. The nice thing about using card savers and 4 pocket pages is you can easily remove and reorganize cards without damaging them. It sounds trivial but if you move cards enough times you come to appreciate the flexibility and protection. The biggest drawback is that a single album now only holds about 280 cards or so. That means 3 or more binders for many sets.

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Instead of binders, I use 9 X 12 Itoya profolios. I put the cards in the sheets, then put the sheets in the pages. My concern with binders was the curve of the pages.

Because I think paying for opinions is stupid, all of my cards fit nicely into the sheets and pages.

I had my complete 1948-1992 Topps run stored that way before I sold them all, and I still have my Bowman cards that way (which I probably should sell, because I'm never going to continue working on the sets.

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Instead of binders, I use 9 X 12 Itoya profolios. I put the cards in the sheets, then put the sheets in the pages. My concern with binders was the curve of the pages.



Because I think paying for opinions is stupid, all of my cards fit nicely into the sheets and pages.



I had my complete 1948-1992 Topps run stored that way before I sold them all, and I still have my Bowman cards that way (which I probably should sell, because I'm never going to continue working on the sets.



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Interesting method, Doug. I never would have thought of that. I have a couple of 9x12 Itoyas at home I use to hold photographs. May have to do a little experimenting.

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