Do you ever worry about your collection? I never really did as frankly it’s not really worth all that much and would be incredibly unwieldy to take let alone convert to cash. And yet here we are trading addresses and showing off our collections online.
I would think someone who broke into my
house would probably prefer my TV or my somewhat ancient laptop to a
bunch of cardboard. In fact there’s not much in the house that I
couldn’t stand to lose or that could be sold very easily apart from a
substantial jar of change in my office. The house is pretty organized, though, so if someone was looking for something specific it wouldn't be too hard to find.
Anyhoo, here’s a little info
about how I’ve kept my collection secure (as well as the reason I’m
bringing it up in the first place):
All the good cards are locked
in a safe deposit box in a bank vault along with a few
irreplaceables and my ’89 Upper Deck pack pull. I’ve taken scans of them in case I need to reference
them on the blog, so they’re never at the house. No worries there.
burglars prefer an empty house, but I’m lucky in that respect for two
reasons: first, I have a wife that does shift work, so someone is pretty much always
home. Second, I have a dog. She is scrappy and quick;
and while she is very friendly I’ve seen her react to unknown people
snooping near the house (most recently the meter-reader guy), and she
was downright vicious. It scared the bejeezus out of me at the time, but it also allayed
my fears that she would run up to a burglar and lick his hand.
also live on the same street as five cops and a massive
population of old retired couples. My next door neighbor is a retired
gentleman who is also smoker, so he is usually outside keeping an eye on
our ‘hood. He is always filling us in on the goings-on in the area,
and he recently spotted that my license plate sticker was expired. Dude
is observant. Well done, neighborino.
So, why am I bringing up
security anyway? Well, last night I was at Office Depot buying an ink
pad for a rubber stamp (you’ll see why soon enough), and I found a perfectly-sized locking steel cabinet on clearance. I’ve wanted to consolidate
things for a while, but here was a way to do just that and add a
substantial level of security I never really considered needing. It
cost a little money, but as a storage tool and last line of defense I’m
super happy with it. Plus it makes my card room feel like a bank:
great to have everything in one place and under lock and key. And I'm also happy to report that since I got everything nice and centralized, I'm able to get tasks done a lot quicker. I've even been able to trade more often as I'm not moving all around the house to finish one task. I have a stack of PWE's going out tomorrow. Cabinet!
a few other security-related elements at work that I won’t mention
here (cough, lasers). I was just curious about how others approach this aspect of having
a big card collection, or if they do at all.
I hope I didn’t just make you paranoid.