I’ve seen many of you write about creative ways you organize your binders. I’m hoping someone can give me some ideas.
I have a set of binders where I keep recent cards organized by the current rosters of each of the 30 MLB teams. I’ve done this for years because it’s fun and it helps me remember who’s on which team. As an example of how I work with these, the other day the Angels traded Andrew Romine to the Tigers for Jose Alvarez, and their baseball cards made an equivalent move between my AL Central and AL West binders.
Each team gets enough pages to hold the 40-man roster. Each row on a page has the most-recent three cards I have of a particular player on that team.
Ever since I started these binders, the first page of a given team has been set up like this (WordPress insists on rotating my image 90 degrees – it should be upright):
The first row has a team card plus one or two cards of the manager… in this case, I’ve got a 2002 Matt Williams and a 2010 Team Highlights card.
Manager cards have become scarce lately, but what’s really become problematic are the team cards. I don’t think the Topps flagship has had them since 2007. Heritage has them for certain teams, but others get neglected on a regular basis.
There are a number of teams in my binders which have had the same team card for 7 years, and I’m tired of looking at them – but I’m not sure what else to do.
Many of you have binders set up in ways I never thought of… Does anybody have any suggestions about how I should set up the first page of each team? I would like to keep managers involved somehow, because for my purposes the manager is part of the roster.
I’ve thought about alternatives to team cards, like “Opening Day” Mascots, but that wouldn’t cover every team… For instance, there’s no Yankees mascot.
I could make up my own team cards, but I don’t have a color printer. Homemade team cards would either be greyscale or hand-drawn… the latter is an option, because I have a modest amount of artistic ability.
I’d love to hear anybody’s suggestions. If you’ve written about something like this before, please leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see it!