I cannot really create a guide on sorting cards. One, it’s not that complicated. Two, there really isn’t a wrong way to do it. However, I am always interested to read how other collectors sort their cards into sets.
There is no right or wrong way to sort a cards. Everyone has their routine. Efficiency isn’t king with sorting. I find sorting relaxing– not a chore.
Separate by 100s
I always start by separating the cards by 100’s; 1-99, 100-199, 200-299, etc. I am guessing this is how everyone starts their sort. I find this scales well, whether you have 300 cards or 1500 cards.
Separate by 10s
This step may differ from other collectors. I break down each group into 10’s; 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, etc. However, I will only do one stack of 100’s at a time.
After my first 100’s stack is broken down by 10’s, I will begin sorting into two stacks.
The first stack is unique. This is my “set stack”. The second stack will be for my doubles.
After I finish the first 100’s stack, I move on to the next until I have a full set and a stack of doubles.
Does anyone do this another way? I always like to hear how people sort their cards. Does anyone use a sorting tray?