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Australia
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:07 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add huckles888 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Would be interested to know if anyone writes up their collections like a lot of stamp collectors do

Have been thinking about this for awhile as I just put my notes into Albums and run an excel spreadsheet to record what I have and what I am still looking for

Also does anyone exhibit their collections?

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Canada
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Baanos to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I do the same thing, I use excel sheets to keep record of all my collections. Name of article, year, catalog #, total I paid for, total I sold it for if I sold it, condition, catalog value and date and location where it was bought. I even have the total I paid for all my items and the total I received for all my sells.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:20 pm  Show Profile Check oih82w8's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add oih82w8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use an Excel spreadsheet to inventory my coins and notes.

I "exhibit" my Dansco 7070 filled with Chinese replicas for my friends and family to view.. I keep my good stuff tucked away from view.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What does "write up" mean? I have written articles for BNR.

I have never exhibited but I have given plenty of programs at shows. In fact, I will be giving one on collecting USDA Food Coupons at CPMX in March.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Drsandman2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic question. I don't know anything about stamps, but my Dansco 7070 has a list of every coin, the variety, how it was aquired, the person who passed it on, etc. Was saving a scan for when it is finished (need 2 Seated dollars). But perhaps I will scan it in a couple days for inspiration. Sorry written on my phone.

Shouldn't posting via txt on your mobile count twice? or am I just a serious nerd
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02/24/2012 10:56 pm
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 Posted 02/24/2012  11:39 pm  Show Profile Check coinsearcher83's eBay Listings Check coinsearcher83's eCrater Listings Bookmark this reply Add coinsearcher83 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I do an Excel spreadsheet!
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Australia
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 Posted 02/25/2012  12:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add huckles888 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
What does "write up" mean?


This is a fine example of a stamp "write up"




http://www.stampcommunity.org/topic...erms=ukraine
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 Posted 02/25/2012  12:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kingz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Personally I couldn't see how someone won't catalogue, or write up their collection? (ok it takes time, but that is part of the hobby right? )

Personally, I started out with literally writiting down every single coin I had. But then I figured out I better put it on the PC. By now I have several documents tracking every single thing I add / remove from my collection. Nothing fancy, and pretty chaotic... but there is a method to the madness I use 3 sorts of documents: Words, Noteblock, Excel

For example, the original document were ALL coins and notes are in is a word document of approximate: 117 pages and counting... (ALL in Times New Roman 12 )

But I have several core collections, so I started using excel to filter the cool coins & notes: world coins from 1500 / 1945, Dutch Banknotes, Silver, Euro's, USA, Switserland, Etc.

So I ended up with several sub documents, some more elaborate than others (depending on my personal attachment of the collecting area) it can get a bit confusing at times. So that is why I always keep my original word doc. from 117 pages

It's late here, or early I must say So sorry for my ramblings...but here are some examples of my excel fromats!

All world coins:


Banknotes


Old World Coins & Silver Personal favorite
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 Posted 02/25/2012  03:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thai-vic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't "write up" my collection but I do have everything listed on an excel spreadsheets.
A separate one for coins and notes. I know it's common sense (but anyone can have lapses) don't forget to make a regular separate back-up of your files.
Had a hard drive crash on me last year. Someone managed to recover some, but certainly not all, files. Fortunately these included my collection files. If they hadn't been recovered I would virtually have had to start at square one and quite possibly months of solid work ahead.
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 Posted 02/25/2012  08:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add augsburger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't do anything, which is weird considering I haven't seen my collection for nearly a year now and won't see it for more than a year to come.

But then again my note collection is small, and sporadic, mainly based on countries I have been to. My chinese collection is okay at the moment.
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02/25/2012 08:17 am
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 Posted 02/25/2012  08:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep a want list but not an inventory.
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 Posted 02/25/2012  10:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add drkrish21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the best way to do it is google docs-spreadsheet , which will help you to escape any sort of hard drive crashes and it automatically saves even if the net goes down while you are working on it..
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 Posted 02/25/2012  11:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add biggfredd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
, lettow!

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 Posted 02/25/2012  12:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add biggfredd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Having a spreadsheet and backup is most useful in event of fire, flood, robbery, etc. Some folks make videos, or scan pages of coins.
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 Posted 02/27/2012  11:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Desolate-Tomb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I prefer to write it up by hand, I use exercise books. One for cataloging what notes I have and one for rough translations of verses on some notes (I collect Notgeld).
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, Desolate-Tomb!
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