How I Sort Cards

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.

Start sorting

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?

By BaseCardHero

Ryan is a baseball card dork and developer. He has been collecting cards since he was six starting with 1988 Score. Reigning from Minnesota, he is an avid Minnesota sports fan.

7 replies on “How I Sort Cards”

I am moving back to sorting by teams. Connects me more to the state of the game and the Leagues as I build a set.

A little later on, when I am ready to put cards in binder pages to flip through later, I am making a main switch of keeping all the horizontal cards together. And also certain types of cards – like all of the League Leader cards.

I have always thought I would like to use a tray, but I have never had to worry about really needing one because I bought multiple boxes or anything like that.

Thanks for reading!

I have heard of collectors sorting by teams, then by the teams seasonal record for that year.

I don’t know if I could live with my cards being out of numerical order.

As for a sorting tray— Never fried one yet, but I was thinking about it.

It all depends on how much room I have and how big the set is. For smaller sets – around 150 or so, I might start with 10s. For some, I might start with groups of 50 and then go to 10s, and then I make sure that the lowest number card’s back is facing me to make it easier to find in the box.

This is literally the only way that I’ve ever heard of when it comes to sorting cards for a set. Also, it seems like it’s been awhile since your last post, yes? If so, it’s good to see you back 🙂


Thanks for reading. I figured it was how everyone sorts, but I was wondering what other collectors did… even if their method had a small variation of mine.

I spent the last year with a new job and new house. Things finally have settled down for me, so yeah, I should be back more.


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