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Trading Card Storage Tips

For most people collecting sports cards is a passion and is passed down to younger generations. This is very similar to people who are comic books collectors.  It is very important to keep a trading card collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile.  If a card is bent by mistake, the value of the card will significantly drop.

There are special precautions that need to be done in order to protect collectible and trading cards for future generations.

  1. Baseball and trading cards should be stored individually in plastic covers.  Do not leave a card on display outside of protective covering for long periods of time. It can get dirty and the colors can fade from the lighting.
  2. Baseball or collectible cards can also be placed in a D-ring binder in specially designed plastic protective pages. However, special caution must be taken when inserting and removing the cards from the protective pages.  Any bending or creasing of the card will decrease the value.
  3. Sports and trading card collections should be stored in specially designed sports card storage boxes.  Sports card storage boxes are usually made of corrugated cardboard and can hold anywhere from 50-50,000 sports cards each. The boxes contain dividers that prevent the cards from moving around in the box. Trading card storage boxes are easy to stack and place on storage shelving.
  4. Trading cards should be stored in a dry, cool place like a climate-controlled unit. Collectible cards storage should be far away from direct sunlight. Long-term exposure to sunlight and lighting can cause the colors on the cards to fade therefore diminishing the value of the cards.
  5. If storing a trading card collection in a storage unit, place the trading or baseball card storage boxes above the ground, optimally on a shelving unit.  You can also organize the boxes of trading cards by sport, type and year much easier on shelving units.
  6. Create an inventory list of your trading card collection. Place a copy of the list in the box as well as keep a copy of the list with you. This allows for easier access when you need to find a specific card.

 

History of Baseball Cards

Collecting and exchanging sports and trading cards has been going on for over one hundred and fifty years!  The first baseball cards were printed in the late 1860’s by a company called Peck and Snyder as advertisement for their products. On the front of the card was a baseball team and on the back was their products. These cards were printed in mass quantities and handed out for free. These “trade cards” as they were called, were very popular through the end of the 1800’s. Tobacco companies joined in the trade card production by inserting a card to a pack of cigarettes. The “Golden Age” of baseball trading cards was during the early 1900’s. The cards created during this time contained original artwork and if found today, can sell for over $500,000 in an auction. The industry changed over the decades until the 1950’s when Topps, a chewing gum company, joined in the baseball card business and dominated the trading card market decades until other card producers, Fleer or Score joined in the mix. Today, there are trading cards for movies, television shows, popular performers and interactive games, such as Pokeman.

If you properly store your collectible trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5x5 to 10x30 for trading and baseball card storage.

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015 will make its return to the National Mall in Washington D.C. June 24th -28th and July 1st -5th. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an educational cultural heritage showcase produced annually by the Smithsonian Institutes Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage. The festival has hosted thousands of international musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, food preparers and storytellers who demonstrate the traditions, culture and heritage of their home nations. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015 is the largest annual cultural event in Washington D.C. with over a million visitors to the National Mall each day of the event that has been held over the Fourth of July holiday for 48 years. The free festival takes place between Third and Fourth streets, just north of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall.

Spotlight Culture: Peru

Every year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival spotlights traditions and heritage of other nations.  This year there is only one focus country: Peru. The program is called Peru: Pachamam. Peru is a unique country with stunning vertical landscapes and diverse ecosystems and cultures and a long history. Peru’s climate varies from rain-forested coasts to mountain ranges. The land and ocean provide abundant resources including fish, copper and asparagus as well as a thriving tourist industry including sites such as Manchu Picchu.

Peru’s heritage is firmly tied to the landscape, rivers, roads and pathways. These connected paths existed long before the Inka Empire in the 15th and 6th centuries and the arrival of the Spanish colonists in the 16th century. The tribes and villages exchanged commodities, customs and celebrations beyond their natural borders. This year’s Smithsonian Folklife program will spotlight Peru’s networks and communities from small villages to larger cities, crops, markets, textile and craft productions, technology and music and dance. There will be cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, seminars, ritual processions and other interactive activities. The program is co-sponsored by the Republic of Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) and presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Schedule and Events

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival schedule is full of special events and concerts during the two weekends of the festival.  There are multiple stages set up for entertainment, seminars and cultural discussions during the festival. The festival performances are part of a great cultural concert series in Washington D.C. that are held throughout the year. The nightly concerts at the Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage will have traditional Peruvian performers as well as the country’s top popular artists.

The Smithsonian Folk Festival has a marketplace where you can find some of the goods and items created by the festival participants from Peru. Some of the crafts are created by the artisans during the actual festival and some have been specially made for the marketplace. The items showcased at the marketplace include: jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, clothing, CDs, books, toys, sculpture, and paper artworks. The purchase of these items supports the artisans from around the world and continues with the development of traditional craft-making worldwide.

Peruvian style food will be in abundance during the festival. There will be traditional pork and chicken dishes, vegetables, fruits and sweets at the food booths throughout the festival.

The Smithsonian Folk Festival 2015 is one of Washington D.C. great events. The events blend into the Fourth of July celebrations patriotic concerts that will take place on the West Lawn of the Capital building on the evening of the Fourth of July.

Take a “1 Day Trip from Baltimore” to explore the great cultural and historical museums, monuments and buildings of Washington D.C.. Stop in to see how ezStorage’s 45 Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington area locations can help you with your storage needs. We offer a variety of self storage units to help with retail to college to personal storage needs.

 

Organizing a home office. Photo courtesy of houzz.comThe home office serves many purposes from housing important documents to being the spot where you go to work if you have a home-business or telecommute. If your home office is unorganized, then it is hard to be efficient and get work done.  Home organization projects can take a full day or more depending on how much you need to de-clutter and organize. It is now time to put the home office organization ideas that you have jotted down into action.

How to Organize a Home Office

To get started with your home office organization project, it is important to create a plan for your office and desk.  Following some simple keys to office organization will keep your office and desk clear of clutter and help make items easier to find when you need them.

 

  1. As with any organization project, the first step for home office organization is to clear the room and desk. Throw away any broken or old equipment such as fax machines, printers, or scanners. Discard broken pens, paper clips and dried out highlighters and other older office supplies. If you haven’t used equipment in over 6 months, it might be a good time to donate, sell or place it in storage. Consider donating excess office supplies that you no longer need to your local school. There are guidelines for how long to store business and personal documents. If you do not need to keep the documents, then it is time to purge them.
  2. Purchase organizational tools, such as filing cabinets, storage bins and desk organizers for your office and actually use them! Every office should have a trash basket, shredder and a recycling center.  Desk drawer organizers are a great way to store pens, paper clips and other everyday items. Use available wall space behind the desk by adding shelving for reference materials including binders or manuals as well as more storage bins.
  3. Set up a personal filing system for your filing cabinet for all of your documents from business bills to family documents, however make sure to keep business and family documents separate. Create an inbox and outbox system. Put “must dos” such as projects, bills and assignments in your inbox. Move the completed items from your inbox to your outbox. Make sure to clean the inbox and outbox at the end of every week. This system will help create a daily workflow and process.
  4. The desktop should only have your computer, monitor, (if using a desktop computer), and phone. Move all other electronic equipment off of the desktop. Try to use WIFI whenever possible to limit the amount of cords that you need. Use Velcro or binder clips to bind wires together under or behind the desk and out of your way. Don’t forget to label the wires so you know which wire goes with which piece of equipment.
  5. Put the items that you use the most near you and within reach. This includes desk accessories and your files.  Only have items on your desk that you have to use on a daily basis. You are more productive when you have the items that you need directly in front of you and will prevent wasting time looking for items that you can’t find in a cluttered office.
  6. Scan important documents and store them in the appropriate folder on your computer’s hard drive. This will reduce the amount of clutter in your files and on your desk. Back-up your computer files to an external hard drive or via an online back-up service.

 

Keep Your Home Office Organized

Organizing your office and especially your desk can be an easy weekend project. The hardest part is to keep it organized throughout the year!  Remember to go through mail on a daily basis, clean through your inbox and outbox and file away projects or documents you no longer require. If you feel that the room is getting cluttered again, then go through the organization process listed above every few months.

If you have additional home office equipment or business documents that you want to remove from your office but don’t have storage, place the items in a storage unit. Self storage is a great business storage solution.  ezStorage has 46 locations in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area that can help with your business and household storage needs.

 

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