Electronic Checklists

Jeff Katz’s post a couple of days ago stirred me to my first blog here because he touched on a problem I’m facing: Organization.

I’ve been collecting since 1958, have almost all the cards of the Topps era, (until 1994 anyway) and some earlier material. However, I had always kept them in a giant map case I’d bought at a former British naval base in Singapore. The depth of the drawers was perfect for a standard-sized card laid on its side. More problematic at this point, I had decided to keep them in alphabetical order, with all the Henry Aarons first and all the George Zuverinks last. Each players cards are kept in chronological order.

Now, I feel the need to reorganize them into sets and to insure I still have everything. Thus, I’ve been wondering about electronic checklists and thought I’d ask this group about their experiences and recommendations with the various products available. I’d like to know about

  1. ease of use
  2. whether it is cloud-based or can be downloaded to my hard drive
  3. whether the checklists are complete as to errors, variations and updates
  4. Whether they contain regional issues as well as Topps, Donruss, Bowman and other national issues
  5. Whether any contain checklists for minor league sets
  6. Are any flexible enough for me to draw out sub-lists, such as all Henry Aarons, or all NY Mets cards
  7. Do they offer the ability to record condition as well as whether I have a card.
  8. Do they contain pricing info, and is it regularly updated?
  9. Any other features or problems you are aware of.

Thanks in advance,

Andy McCue