I use software which had been created specifically for keeping inventory of sports cards, and I get the impression that I’m in the distinct minority on this. I’ve been doing this so long that my first software package was DOS-based and came on 5-1/4” floppies. Why, yes, I am old. Thank you for asking.
The appeal of the software package(s) was that I could get regular data updates so that rather than just knowing I needed card #451, I would know that I needed card #451 – Frank Catalanotto – Detroit Tigers – Rookie Card – Book Value = $1.00 (I’m making this particular example up, by the way). If I wanted a listing of the New York Mets in 1995 Upper Deck, or every Topps card between 1990 and 2000 which had Cal Ripken on it, I could easily generate a report.
Since the companies which created my software are long gone, there are no more updates. For the sets which have come out since then, I’m tracking just the card #’s… not to mention that I can’t get the software to run in Windows 7, so sooner or later I’m going to be stuck if I don’t do something. I could switch to another method for newer sets, but then I still have thousands and thousands of cards entered into the software, and there’s way too much time invested in that data to just throw it away and start over… but it would also be a lot of work to convert it in another format. It’s a bit of a quandary.
Does anybody else track their cards in any sort of electronic format? I feel like I’m alone in this; I know when I go to a show with my binder of printed-off wantlists, I get looks… either “Oooh, fancy-schmancy” looks or “Check out Mr. Anal Retentive” looks.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this! How do you track your needs, and does it do what you want/need it to do?