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Old 02-23-2013, 08:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I still haven't got round to sorting my 2013 Topps hobby box base cards yet, and was wondering if there's a quick method to do this, or if it's just a mind-numbing experience that has to be done.
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I just kept it simple. Take out all the base, then take out the inserts. People really use these "normal" Topps boxes (S1, S2, US) for set building, since there's a lot of base and the hits aren't really special. If you want to go the extra mile, you can sort them out by card number and put them in order.

Also, the Yadier Molina card is an error card, so keep that in mind .
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I just kept it simple. Take out all the base, then take out the inserts. People really use these "normal" Topps boxes (S1, S2, US) for set building, since there's a lot of base and the hits aren't really special. If you want to go the extra mile, you can sort them out by card number and put them in order.

Also, the Yadier Molina card is an error card, so keep that in mind .
I'm trying to sort out which base I still need to pick up to complete the set at the moment, so I might sort them by number instead and work from there. I don't think there's a #7, because they retired that for Mickey Mantle, right?
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I'm trying to sort out which base I still need to pick up to complete the set at the moment, so I might sort them by number instead and work from there. I don't think there's a #7, because they retired that for Mickey Mantle, right?
that's correct,set goes to 331.
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I still haven't got round to sorting my 2013 Topps hobby box base cards yet, and was wondering if there's a quick method to do this, or if it's just a mind-numbing experience that has to be done.
it's mind-numbing. no way around it.

this is how I do it:

1) Break it down in piles by hundreds.....<100, 100s, 200s, 300s
2) Break each of these down in groups of 20...0-19, 20-39, 40-59, etc
3) then sort out by number

this way, you are never sorting into more than 5 piles at a time. I found if I try and separate into more than 5 it becomes a strain on the eyes and you end up putting things in the wrong pile often.

anybody have other methods that work?
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it's mind-numbing. no way around it.

this is how I do it:

1) Break it down in piles by hundreds.....<100, 100s, 200s, 300s
2) Break each of these down in groups of 20...0-19, 20-39, 40-59, etc
3) then sort out by number

this way, you are never sorting into more than 5 piles at a time. I found if I try and separate into more than 5 it becomes a strain on the eyes and you end up putting things in the wrong pile often.

anybody have other methods that work?
I do it exactly the same way.
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it's mind-numbing. no way around it.

this is how I do it:

1) Break it down in piles by hundreds.....<100, 100s, 200s, 300s
2) Break each of these down in groups of 20...0-19, 20-39, 40-59, etc
3) then sort out by number

this way, you are never sorting into more than 5 piles at a time. I found if I try and separate into more than 5 it becomes a strain on the eyes and you end up putting things in the wrong pile often.

anybody have other methods that work?
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I do it exactly the same way.
You've opened my eyes, I'll do that tonight, seems a very good plan of action.
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First I heard of an error. What is the error?


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it's mind-numbing. no way around it.

this is how I do it:

1) Break it down in piles by hundreds.....<100, 100s, 200s, 300s
2) Break each of these down in groups of 20...0-19, 20-39, 40-59, etc
3) then sort out by number

this way, you are never sorting into more than 5 piles at a time. I found if I try and separate into more than 5 it becomes a strain on the eyes and you end up putting things in the wrong pile often.

anybody have other methods that work?
I do a modified version of this. For Topps S1, I sort:
1. <100s, 100s, 200-300s
2. Take the stacks and sort out groups of three, so 70s-90s, 40s-60s, 10s-30s, with 1-9 being left out.
3. I try not to sort into stacks but rather in hand, so I'll take 70s-90s and sort the 90s into the front and 70s into the back, which leaves the 80s in the middle. Then I'll take each group of 10 and final sort them.

I hope that makes sense. Sorting in hand tends to be quite a bit faster for me but the other methods outlined in this thread work well, too.
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Since we're throwing out ideas and methods...

I sort into lots of 50. 1-49, 50-99, 100-149, 150-199, 200-249, 250-299, 300-331.

Then break those down into lots of ten. 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49. Then put the lots of ten in order and move on to the next lot of ten/fifty.

It's incredibly mind numbing.
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Yadier Molina, card 4 I believe, has an error on the back where it says "Chase for History" (or something like that). It says something like "With 1,022 hits, Molina is 3,727 hits away from the all time record of 3,200," when the all time record, obviousy, is much more than 3,200.

Props to toppsfan for finding that out .
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it's mind-numbing. no way around it.

this is how I do it:

1) Break it down in piles by hundreds.....<100, 100s, 200s, 300s
2) Break each of these down in groups of 20...0-19, 20-39, 40-59, etc
3) then sort out by number

this way, you are never sorting into more than 5 piles at a time. I found if I try and separate into more than 5 it becomes a strain on the eyes and you end up putting things in the wrong pile often.

anybody have other methods that work?
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There really is no quick way to do it but once you do it's a million times faster to add new cards or quickly see if there is a card you have that someone else needs.

After I sort them like this I break them up into groups of 50 because I find it just to hard to hold more than that at once time without dropping one here and there or having them slip sideways while looking through them and taking the chance of banging up a corner or something. So I have 7 piles that go 1-50, 51-99, 100-150 etc....
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For me the best method is to make my wife do the sorting
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I actually take a whole step out. When sorting a LOT (Normally 4 Jumbo cases for me) I go right to piles of 10 instead of going to 50s or 100s first. I found it takes about 4 hours total out of the whole thing. I go right to 10s, than from there they go into 1s and sets.
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For me the best method is to make my wife do the sorting
Women are tons better at these kind of things, they don't miss a trick haha!
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I don't worry myself with putting them in order... I have a spreadsheet that I use for checklists of varying sizes... i just print myself off a checklist #d /330 and start crossing numbers off as I go through the pile
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I don't worry myself with putting them in order... I have a spreadsheet that I use for checklists of varying sizes... i just print myself off a checklist #d /330 and start crossing numbers off as I go through the pile
I tried that a few days ago, got through 100 or so and just got so bored that I stopped. Writing out 330 numbers isn't preferable! The other method is considerably quicker, I just did it.
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I go 100's to 10's for a set like Topps. Its boring, but it has to be done. I just turn some music on and hit it. Take frequent breaks or you will feel like your back is going to break in half after a while.
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Yadier Molina, card 4 I believe, has an error on the back where it says "Chase for History" (or something like that). It says something like "With 1,022 hits, Molina is 3,727 hits away from the all time record of 3,200," when the all time record, obviousy, is much more than 3,200.

Props to toppsfan for finding that out .
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Plus, how can he be 3,727 hits away from "the record" if the record was 3200? Topps is just beating up on Rose with this set!
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this is something that'll keep you organized & speed up your sorting, a sorting box:

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this eliminates those stacks that always fall over...
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This is the best method for 330 card or smaller sets. Saves a lot of time.

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I actually take a whole step out. When sorting a LOT (Normally 4 Jumbo cases for me) I go right to piles of 10 instead of going to 50s or 100s first. I found it takes about 4 hours total out of the whole thing. I go right to 10s, than from there they go into 1s and sets.
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This is the best method for 330 card or smaller sets. Saves a lot of time.

I don't know how people sort into 33 piles without going cross-eyed.
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I don't know how people sort into 33 piles without going cross-eyed.
Lots of focus and SNL/Scrubs/Friends in the background haha.

Using this method, i was able to sort 31 sets (roughly 5 cases worth of base + some retail) in about 14 hours by myself. When I have my GF helping, I can get it done in around 10. Enables me to ship out sets that weekend sometimes, which really helps people coming back.
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I actually take a whole step out. When sorting a LOT (Normally 4 Jumbo cases for me) I go right to piles of 10 instead of going to 50s or 100s first. I found it takes about 4 hours total out of the whole thing. I go right to 10s, than from there they go into 1s and sets.
This is what I did with my 5 jumbo cases and it worked out pretty good
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I actually take a whole step out. When sorting a LOT (Normally 4 Jumbo cases for me) I go right to piles of 10 instead of going to 50s or 100s first. I found it takes about 4 hours total out of the whole thing. I go right to 10s, than from there they go into 1s and sets.
I'll give this a try when I break Heritage. To save my back I stand up while sorting and set my tables up waist high or higher.
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