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Happy New Year 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 2

Over the past 3 years, I have really looked forward writing a blog post on December 31st highlighting the accomplishments of the SportsCollectors.Net community. The numbers always seem to do a pretty good job of telling some of the story:

12/31/10 12/31/09 12/31/08 12/31/07
Successes 673,677 578,826 483,735 378,537
Requests 922,224 798,034 670,300 527,214
Autographed Trade Items 61,976 47,236 29,167 17,841
Message Board Posts 398,082 284,566 201,851 132,334
Photos 91,578 54,439 21,581 N/A
Private Signings 269 N/A N/A N/A
Members 28,323 25,683 22,285 19,062
Premium Members 5,579 4,866 4,161 3,503

You all must really love what we have going, as there is impressive growth once again across the board - and it's amazing the contributions of this community.

Last year we made a pretty major commitment to upgrading the servers that power SCN and this year we took big time advantage of the bigger capacity. There were two big new functionalities we rolled out in 2010:

  1. I have been a pretty devoted autographed set collector for years, and it was really painful trying to keep track of who I needed and thier signing habits. SportsCollectors.Net came up with a solution to his very common challenge for collectors by cross referencing Player Signing habits with sports cards in sets from SportsCardDatabase.com. In June, we launched the Card Sets and Wantlists.

  2. Private signings have exploded in popularity on the site, with many members offering to get some tough signers at reasonable prices. The problem was that it was difficult to follow all the signings being offered on our message board, so we launched the Private Signings section this month. So far so good, as we already have had 269 approved signings listed in the new section.

In 2011, I have plans for more great stuff on the way. As always appreciate your ideas for functionality on the site.

In August I spent 3 days at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD. It was really a fun time and I enjoyed getting to meet many of our members.

My Collection in 2010

I started off the year writing more players in January and February, but totally slowed down after. I sent out 156 request and received 119 successes for a 76% success rate. The highlights were when my buddy sweetal found working addresses for both Pearl Washington and Shelton Jones for my 1989 Hoops set - I am now 6 cards away from finishing it (Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing AS, John Stockton AS, Sylvester Gray, Allen Leavell, and John "Hot Plate" Williams).

Other somewhat surprising successes this year were from Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, and Sterling Sharpe. All three are future HOFers in my eyes and I would have never thought any of them would be signing by mail at the beginning of the year.

Many of our members share a fun project I am working on, collecting signed rookie cards of Hall of Famers. This year I made some nice progess in this area, going from 67 to 142 in my signed Hall of Fame Rookie Cards albulm posted in the photos section. Of the 75 I added in 2010 - 5 were from SCN private signings, the Jerry Rice was in trade, about 2/3 of the others were from getting guys to sign via mail (some with donations), and the rest were from buying on eBay or at the National.

Closing out 2010 and Looking to 2011

I just wanted to thank everyone again for all your support. You folks (our members) and your passion for this hobby are what makes SCN. You all inspire me to enjoy the hobby more every year, and I am happy to have gotten to know many of you. I want you all to have a happy, prosperous, and safe New Year.

I really want to find time to write more blog posts about collecting and updates on the things we are working on. I was very about on this front in 2010 as this was only my 7th post, so I'd like it to be much more frequent.

There's some really big things on the way for both SCN and SportsCardDatabase for 2011 and beyond.



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15,000 Successes for SCN Member
Friday, September 10, 2010
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 4

One of our long time members doublex (SCN member since 2001) has reached an absolutely amazing milestone - he has recorded 15,000 successes by mail tracked in our database. It is the highest total of any member by quite a bit.

Over the years I have gotten to know doublex, and he is certainly a very passionate collector. He is a big Football (Steelers) and Baseball (Red Sox) fan. Amazingly, he is quite close to getting every football card from all of the Topps sets in the 1970's signed.

I can not even begin to tell everyone how he has helped so members enjoy this hobby. Thank you so much. You have certainly helped my collection and inspired me to be committed when I'd rather procrastinate. SCN wouldn't have been what it has been become without your sharing and contributions.

Here first are some answers to frequently asked questions that he has shared for us:

1- I type all my letters, I do not use a form letter, and I do handwrite the player's address on the envelope though (which does take considerable time and pen wastage). I prefer to use either a calligraphy pen, fine point Steadler, or a roller ball pen for this addressing work.

2- The total of 15,000 is individual SASES, not individual autographs, although I generally only send 1 item per request.

3- this is my total since 2001, I started collecting autographs in the mail in the summer of 1974, so I have no idea of how many I have in my life or how many autographs that I have in my collection. The combination of this site, Harvey Meiselman's lists, and a little more free time and money have definitely spurred me to a higher level of activity in the past decade.

4- My favorite baseball player to send to has been Al Kaline, and my favorite football player- probably John Mackey or believe it or not, Dick Butkus.

5- success #1 was LC Greenwood, #10,000 was Dan Rooney, #15,000 was Terry Kennedy.

baseball hofers he's gotten and posted successes for on here since 2001:

Sparky
Banks
Boudreau
Brock
Bunning
Carew
Carlton
Carter
Dawson
Doerr
Eckersley
Feller
Fingers
Fisk
Ford
Gossage
Harvey
Herzog
Irvin
RJackson
Jenkins
Kaline
Kell
Killebrew
Kiner
Koufax
Kuhn
Lasorda
Lopez
Lee MacPhail
Mazeroski
Molitor
Musial
Niekro
Palmer
Perry
Puckett
Rizzuto
Roberts
BRobinson
FRobinson
Ryan
Sandberg
Schoendienst
Slaughter
Snider
Spahn
Sutter
Sutton
Weaver
Wilhelm
BWilliams
DWilliams

football hofers Ihe's gotten ttm and posted successes for on here since 2001:

Adderley
MAllen
Alworth
Barney
Baugh
Bednarik
Bell
Berry
Bethea
Blanda
Blount
BBrown
Buoniconti
Butkus
Campbell
Canadeo
Carson
Creekmur
WDavis
Dean
DeLamielleure
Dickerson
Dierdorf
Ditka
Donovan
Dudley
Fouts
Gatski
Gibbs
Gifford
Gillman
Graham
Grant
DGreene
JGreene
Gregg
Griese
Grimm
Ham
Hampton
Hendricks
Hickerson
Hirsch
Hornung
Huff
Hunt
RJackson
JJohnson
JHJohnson
Joiner
SJones
Jurgensen
JKelly
LKelly
Krause
Lambert
Lane
Langer
Lanier
Largent
Lary
Lavelli
LeBeau
Levy
LLittle
FLittle
Lofton
Mack
Mackey
Mara
Marchetti
Matson
Matthews
Maynard
McAfee
McCormack
McDaniel
McDonald
McElhenny
Mitchell
Moon
Moore
Munchak
Newsome
Noll
Olsen
Page
AParker
JParker
Pihos
Randle
MRenfro
Ringo
Robustelli
DRooney
CSanders
GSayers
Schmidt
Schramm
Selmon
Shaw
Shula
Simpson
BSmith
ESmith
JSmith
St. Clair
Starr
Stephenson
Stram
Swann
Tarkenton
CTaylor
JTaylor
Trippi
Unitas
Upshaw
Van Buren
Walsh
Warfield
Wehrli
RWhite
Wilcox
Willis
LWilson
RWilson
Winslow
WWood
Woodson
Wright
Yary
Young
Youngblood
Zimmerman



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1965 Coca Cola Hockey
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 1

I have been working on getting rookie cards of Hall of Famers quite a bit this year with decent success. The shopping tools have been big help in helping me find affordable cards to send to players. Not only am I looking for the major issues, but I'm also trying to get affordable regional issues as well (very much inspired by the 1968 Jack in the Box Elvin Hayes card that jswieton got signed).

1965 Topps featured a few nice rookie cards of stars, so I have been on the hunt for their unsigned cards. IIn my searches, I found that there was a regional set from 1965 put out by Coca-Cola in Canada. This set was printed on very thin paper (much thinner than Topps) and featured most of the players on the Original Six teams from that era. The cards were perforated and came in team sheets - which I have seen offered a couple of times for pretty big money. Included are rookie cards of Phil Esposito, Ed Giacomin, Yvan Cournoyer, Gerry Cheevers, and Bernie Parent (in his only card as a Boston Bruin).

The prices on cards from smaller sets like this can vary greatly, but you can find deals if you are patient. So far I have been able to pick up the following 2 cards for about $5 each (before shipping), which will soon be sent out:




The key rookie card is the Phil Esposito, which I lost on eBay last night when a PSA 8 Graded copy went for $24.49.

I got the Giacomin card delivered to me today and there was a card also enclosed. At first I thought it was some heritage retro card of some new rookie I didn't know... but this was the dealer's business card in 1979 Topps form (I thought was clever and I wanted to share with you cards):


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