|2015 Chachi #71|
Over the last few years as I've continued to use Zistle, I've experienced a few slight inconveniences with the Zistle database as cards I had input would appear and then disappear or updates I had suggested would go unnoticed. Those inconveniences have become bigger annoyances in the past several months as I've been unable to update my collection for Phillies cards from the 2016 Bowman, 2016 Topps Pro Debut and most recently, the 2016 Topps Chrome sets. I asked the question on the site's fan forum about the lack of recent updates, and one response I received suggested that Zistle was in the midst of legal trouble with Beckett. (Here's confirmation of this.)
This lengthy prelude is my set-up for the following very basic question: How do you track your cards?
The recent Zistle issues leave me worried that I may need to migrate the tracking of my collection over to a new platform. I'm taking suggestions here, and I'd sincerely value your feedback. I've even opened up a poll in the sidebar to help me with my decision as to what to do next. (Has this already been the topic of a Blog Bat-Around? Do those still exist? If it hasn't may I humbly submit this topic for a Blog Bat-Around?)
As I see it, here are my options:
1. Zistle - I really like the interface and I've already sunk hours/days of my time into it. I'm hopeful that it makes a quality return and the glitches/missing sets I've experienced are all remedied. But . . . I've already been burned once this year when the former Hardball Passport changed owners and the hours I had spent entering games I had attended was all lost. I'd hate for the same thing to happen with Zistle, so maybe it's time I cut my losses and move on.
2. Spreadsheet - I'm very tempted by the thought of tracking everything on my own via a massive Excel schedule. Before his self-imposed hobby exile, the proprietor of 14,000 Phillies had created an incredibly detailed and impressive Phillies checklist in Excel and I may use this as the starting point for my own file. But this brings it's own set of issues as I'm not Excel savvy enough to be able to run the types of searches I'd need or to sort the data in a meaningful way.
3. The Trading Card Database - This seems like the best alternative to Zistle, and it's very impressive that it has a full and complete listing of minor league and team issued team sets. I've had to manually input all recent Phillies minor league and team issued team sets into Zistle, and The Trading Card Database already has these obscure offerings covered. But the interface seems a little clunky, and I really don't feel like going through the exercise of re-inputting my entire collection into an online database a second time.
4. Beckett - I'm listing this here as an option, but I believe this would come with a monthly or annual fee and I'm not about to pay for this service.
5. Other - What am I missing? What else is out there? Does anyone remember the old Card Collector software that ran on older PCs?
Thanks again for your help!