I'm a bit odd, I know that. But everyone is. I think collecting baseball cards is "leaning in" to your oddness. Might as well accept it and have fun.
My oddness exhibits itself in my collection in many ways, although all of these things make perfect sense to me.
One of the weird things I do has to do with the binders in my collection.
I will always be a binders guy. As a set-collector, it just makes sense. Boxes hide your collection. I like to see the cards displayed, as if in a book. You know how much I love periodicals anyway. Binders are an extension of that.
To get a full idea of my binder oddness, I'm going to the one that houses my 1970 Topps cards. Weirdness is on glorious display for that year. Here's a page as evidence:
Right away, I'm sure you've spotted my habit of double-bagging. I don't think I need to defend this anymore. I've mentioned my reasons for doing this multiple times (saves money and space). It makes sense to me, even if it seems odd to others.
There are other binders for which the Topps sets aren't double-bagged. But the 1970 set is sharing space with the 1969 set. Neither are anywhere complete, but it's enough that I still need to conserve space until one of them grows out of that binder and into one of its own.
The other odd thing that I'm sure you noted immediately is one card is upside down.
There are cards inserted upside down all over my '70 Topps binder. An upside-down card indicates one that I want to upgrade. It's upside down because sometimes at first glance you can't tell why it needs to be upgraded. This is a visual reminder (sometimes my want list can't be trusted).
For whatever reason, I need a lot of upgrades for 1970 Topps. I don't know if kids played with those cards more frequently or what, but, man, I've seen some sights. Mangled, abused, looks like it was used in a knife fight. They really hated those gray borders.
I'm not super picky, but I try to avoid cards that look like they helped grout title in the shower.
I recently received a few 1970 Topps cards for my quest from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown. These were doubly useful, both to fill holes and to assist with my many, many needed upgrades.
I've mentioned several times that the inability to go to card shows has really compromised my 1970 progress. I just can't get myself to spend at least 5 bucks on every '70 card I need online. Shows are a lot better for cutting deals on vintage cards. So cards in trades from fellow collectors are very appreciated with this set.
Here are some of the cards from Gavin that slip smoothly into an empty spot in the binder. Notice the over-representation of Padres. Gee, I wonder why? (We need to get that team as fired up over beating the Giants as they are of beating the Dodgers, this is one of the reasons why San Diego can never do anything).
The Dave Roberts card is worn down with wrinkles and such but everything else is super for the collection!
Not that I would miss that crease all the way through the Piniella card, but part of the thrill of storing cards like this is turning them right-side up! (P.S.: wrinkly Wayne Comer needs to be upside down, I guess I was too focused on the Piniella).
I also landed another 1970 Topps card from another trader, Mark, who I've traded with on Twitter.
Mark is one of the few collectors I've known to pursue the 1975 Topps mini set. He has excellent taste and more collectors should follow our lead as it's the greatest set ever created.
I was able to send him one of the five (I think) cards he has left to finish the set, the 1961 MVPs subset card. I've had that thing as a double for decades. Here's the needed card:
As you can see, Jim Lyttle's come down with a rather serious skin condition.
This is probably not a card I will store right-side up in the binder. But it is a semi-high number so I'm not in a rush to replace it and I certainly appreciate it more because it's an above No. 500 card.
Yep, not every card is worthy of storing right-side up. They've got to EARN it.
Sure, it's weird. But all of us collectors do what we need to do to help us sleep at night.