Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My New Card Room: One Year Later

A year ago this month I had the unique opportunity to turn a whole room into my own collecting dungeon/office/man cave. Now that a year has passed, here is a quick update on how that room has evolved.

The desk, of course, is the nerve center of the room. The top shelf of the hutch has all the non-overproduction-era cards divided up by team for trade purposes. The shelf above the computer holds all my cases, sleeves, screw cases, team bags, and other storage media. On the shelves to the right are my reference books, digital scale for shipping, and every note I've ever received from fellow bloggers in trades. I also have a lot of empty pack boxes I just don't have the heart to throw out (yet). To the left of the laptop is a steel phone stand with the Griffey Swingman logo cut out of it made by fellow Griffeynaut Jason.

Sadly my old HP scanner/printer finally gave out, so I had to buy a new one which works wirelessly via wifi. The green table is all-purpose, but the school desk on the left is strictly for cardboard. That corner also holds my signed Upper Deck super jumbo, uncut 1989 Upper Deck sheet 1, and a few other cool items (Megaman!).

Here's the school desk. I've got a few items on here going out to other bloggers, new Griffeys, some stuff slated for eBay, and a few smaller set boxes.

My Griffey cabinet houses the bulk of my collection, including all Griffeys worth less than ten bucks (the rest are in a vault at the bank). On top are large boxes full of blogger trades, mini collections, and my non-baseball cards.

Those big brown flat boxes hold my print collection which is a real pain in the B to store. To the left is the closet which is full of shipping supplies and hundreds of bubble mailers ready for trading.

I've had that Griffey poster since I was wee.

You may notice a few blanked-out items on the walls. If you want to know what I'm covering up, you'll just have to come visit (bring Griffeys).

These shelves see a lot of action, too. As you can see I got a small flat screen so I can watch DVD's and tapes while I do cardboard. Five of the shelves here are devoted solely to cardboard with a few more bits and pieces spread among the other shelves. The early-80's X-wing toy suspended from the ceiling I got at a card show a few months back.

Here are the card shelves. We have one with set binders and Griffey magazines, another with general cardboard items, one with a bunch of complete sets and my ongoing 1989 Donruss set building boxes, and the one on the bottom-right is a massive load of unsorted cards divided up by brand. Frankly I'd like to find something to do with all those cards. There are just so many, and I don't have the heart to throw them away. The "burn" box is full of damaged overproduction-era cards I'm saving for the fire pit game we invented a few years back.

One of my favorite things in this picture is the VCR which I keep connected to a DVDR at all times so I can digitize VHS tapes.

Here is my Griffey shelf. I don't generally collect big, clunky, non-card stuff like this, but I do enjoy it, so it's nice to have a place for it all. Kirby is there because it's just a really neat card.

Here are my CD, DVD, and VHS collections under the watchful eye of the X-wing. You can also see my MST3K prop collection on the top of the shelves over on the right there.

That's it. I know I'm too late for the contest, but I've been meaning to put this post together for a while, so there it is. I'm reigniting the blogging spark!

Coming soon: dozens of overdue trade posts. I swear...


  1. Looks great! I just redid my man cave but yours is much further along in organizing than mine. I can't find my desk that has endless card piles to sort

  2. Dude, sweet!!! That is a room I could get lost in for hours right there!

  3. "...digital scale for shipping"



  4. Neat, tidy, and organized. High quality digs!

  5. Great room. Very jealous of the MST3K props. Can't wait for the new season to start!

  6. Dang, another great late post that could've been a serious contender in the contest. Oh well, that's still an epic room to be super proud of.

  7. Now that's a room.

    I did my card room post way early -- like 2 or 3 years ago. There is a rehaul in the works in the next year or two, so I'll have to post an update. I'm sure it won't be as glorious as this.

  8. Nice and dense, but not messy. Very cool. I saw the contest post the day after it closed too, so I'm gonna put mine up (thecollectivemind.blogspot.com). I've actually got one full room and a little bit of another.

  9. Love the room. Really packed full of baseball

  10. An autographed Reading Rainbow picture? What's the inscription say?