When you have an extensive video game collection, you tend to get obsessed with documentation. This can really help you down the line when you’re doing all the fun things adults do, like buying insurance.
Disclaimer: I think it’s safe to say I’m not an insurance agent. I don’t know your plan. I don’t know your insurance limit or what it covers so please make sure you talk with your insurance company. This way you know what you have to provide them before it’s too late.
Document Everything to The Point of Obsession
For myself I started documenting my video game collection to avoid purchasing duplicates games at the swap meets. Since I was a teenager with plenty of time on my hands it was an Excel spreadsheet. We didn’t have Google Docs or any other fancy cloud saves.
Rows were created that documented for which video games the system was for, if I had the manual and case, what was the price I paid. Did it work? Yes, it served its purpose until I wanted to know how much my collection was worth. If you have a couple of games, you just look up the sold price on eBay. When you have hundreds you quickly realize it’s not scalable and not up to date either.
What if you collect comic books, Magic the Gathering Cards, or any other non-traditional collection? Now you just an impossible task. You want to set it and forget it. Growing up you have other things that you start to worry about, bills, 401Ks, and insurance. Being in car accident myself I know how important car insurance was. If I didn’t have that then I’d be in trouble. If tragedy strikes close to home like a fire or theft are you going to remember all of the video games you have for each system? Even if you do remember every game will your insurance company believe you? This is where you need to protect yourself and your assets.
Document Everything Online
Days of using spreadsheets are gone and you’ll want to create a document that lives in the cloud. If a fire breaks out and you have a piece of paper or a offline document, these can be lost in an instant. Do not worry if you have multiple collections as the internet has your back. You’ll be able to add items to your collection in a breeze along with notes on their connection. After you upload your collection once the program will do the rest. You’ll have instant pricing updates for your collection. Once you get that price, you’ll be surprised on how much you’d have to spend if you had to replace your games yourself. This is what I use for documenting my different collections online.
Online Collection Websites
Video Games – PriceCharting.com – It’s free and works wonders. They recently updated their database to include a lot of PAL and Japanese games.
Magic the Gathering – mtggoldfish.com – Just started using this one as well and it’s free. Works well as it’s been awhile since I played and I recently wanted to know what my older rare cards were worth.
Comic Books – leagueofcomicgeeks.com – Just started using this one as well. I never got fully into comic collecting except the one summer I tried to get into it. If you know a better one leave a comment below.
Pokemon Cards – ???- This one I need help with. If you know a good site to document Pokemon cards, let me know. I have a lot of the OG and Jungle cards and any website I found focuses more on the recent variants.
Take Plenty of Photos
Photos. Videos. Really anything that shows that you own your video games. My header image shows photos of the most expensive games in my collection. There are people out there with much more expensive games out there too. Pat The NES Punk says he keeps his Nintendo World Championship Cart in his bank’s safety deposit box. That’s a $20K game. You bet he has that insured. Along with videos, photos, him talking about it on his podcast, his insurance company will definitely pay out that claim if something terrible happens. Hypothetically if I, a random video game collector, said I owned that game what do you think my insurance company will say? Pay out 20K based on my word? Heck no! That’s why you need photos.
Be Prepared Or Else!
No one knows when a fire or robbery will occur. That’s why you have to protect yourself from the worst case scenario. Documents and photos are your most important tools against these incidents. Just make sure you store them off site, either in cloud storage or in a safe deposit box. Let’s hope you’ll never have to use them.
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