Generally in the card collecting blogosphere, when one says “Check out my binder”, the implication is that they really mean they’re going to show you the contents of the binder, something like this…
…but not me, not this time. Today, I’m showing you the actual binders.
The other day I was in Target… Yes, I’m in Target a lot… And I was looking for some office supplies when I looked at the nearby endcap set up with clearance goods. (For those who have never worked in retail, the “endcap” is the display at the end of each aisle).
Since I was in the office/school supply section, there were some leftover school supplies in the clearance endcap, including a stack of 1″ binders for $1.28 each.
Now, they’re not the greatest or most heavy-duty binders on the market, but they are D-ring binders, and seemed more than good enough for my 1990’s Frankenset projects… So I picked up two (and regret not buying more, to be honest).
On the way home, it occurred to me that it would be fun to do a post on the wide variety of free and cheap binders I use for my collection. And so…
I got three of these Pokemon-y binders earlier this year from a local overstock/salvage store. I think these were $1 each, and two of them quite nicely contain my 1994 Frankenset.
When it comes to binders, I’m all about functionality and price. I never have people come into my man cave to look at my collection, so I don’t care if I have a Pokemon binder because nobody will see them anyway.
Those of you who were collecting about 20 years ago will get a laugh out of this binder…
“CAP” is a non-copyrighted way of referring to POGs, the cardboard disks that were a major fad in the 1990’s, and disappeared as quickly as they came. POGs were THE NEXT BIG THING until they weren’t. Once they weren’t I got this nice binder on the cheap.
This next binder is older than Dime Box Nick, and is probably older than a fair number of you… It’s something I got from my first job out of college (“You’re throwing that out? Can I have it?”) which means I got it sometime in the late 1980’s.
For those of you who are younger than the binder, Digital Equipment Corporation, commonly know as “Digital” or “DEC”, was a prominent computer company back when “mini-computer” meant “a computer which doesn’t take up an entire room”. I worked on a system called a VAX, which was pretty powerful at the time but would be considered “stone knives and bearskins” now (to borrow a line from Star Trek).
This final binder has a similar story, but isn’t of legal drinking age. About 10 years ago I was working for a company that was closing the office I worked out of, and things like duplicate manuals for the IBM AS/400 system were unwanted and being tossed out.
Unlike the VAX, the AS/400 is more or less still around, only IBM changed the branding to IBM i (or iSeries or System i) over the years. I actually saved these from the trash for the contents; I thought it would be useful to have a partial set of manuals (which, if they weren’t out-of-date, would probably go for a fair chunk of change). Over time I realized that I never used these manuals, opting instead for the PDF manuals one can download for free from IBM. The contents got recycled, the binders got repurposed.
I could go into more of the binders I use, but they would all be variations of these.
I can’t be alone in my indiscriminate ways of obtaining binders… What kind of binders do you use for you collection?