Step 1: Identify Your Collecting StyleSkip page.
Not all collectors strive for the same goal. Most collect to complete each set. They group their cards by year, brand and set name. Further organizing the cards into number order and perhaps leaving room for cards missing. My personal collection falls into this category.
Some focus on just collecting players of their favorite team. Most of the time that team is their home team or the nearest major league team. Organization may vary from alphabetical order to number order to team roster order.
Others may strive to own every card of their favorite player(s). These collectors know EVERY card made with their favorite player on it. Even if they don't own them all.
With the identification of the type of collector you are let's move on to step 2 ....