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More Enhancements for SCN
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

After the successful launch of earlier this year and our big hardware upgrade, we decided it was time put in some work on making SportsCollectors.Net even better. Today we had our first code release in quite some time.

We have a long list of great features that we are planning on building (many coming from your suggestions), so we decided to break it up into a few releases. This way you guys can get access to new functionalities faster and we get more of your feedback.

We plan to have at least 3 releases in the coming 2 months. While this first release contained many backend and admin tools updates that most of our members won't see, we did squeeze in a few new bells and whistles:

Favorite Players and Groups

At the end of 2007, we launched a very cool feature that allowed premium members to track your favorite players.

Therion had an excellent suggestion that we should add the ability for you to create groups for your favorite players. This way everyone can track all the guys you need for a set or a specific project.

Latest Successes for Teams:

We added a new tab on any of the team pages that will allow you to see the latest successes for members of that team.

More Request Types in our Autograph Trakcing

For 8 years, you have had the option to choose Sigs By Mail, In Person, or Email when tracking your requests and collection. We've added 2 more to help y ou more accurately keep track of how you acquire your autographs:

  • Bought / Traded For
  • Private Signing / Card Show

Captcha Added when Logging in

We took a necessary security precaution and a Captcha to our login page. You will now need to enter a 6 digit number when you log in. This was done to help prevent potential issues and alleviate stress on our servers.

Trader Ratings now in Message Board Posts

We have added members' Trade Rating, so it's easy to know the trade history of a particular member.

Better Alerts about our Trading Policies for newer members

We have added alerts when members with feedback ratings of less than 5, that they must send trade items first, they can not sell items, and they can not offer private signings - per our trading policy.

Fixed some small bugs and issues

There were some small things that members reported that bugged us, so we fixed them here.

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Server Upgrades for SportsCollectors.Net
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 4

SportsCollectors.Net has been consistently growing... Last year we had over 100K successes alone and several thousand new members. In fact, you guys have been so active that the data in our database has more than doubled in size over the past year. That is great news, and I can not tell you all how much I appreciate your contributions. Thank you.

While the site is performing nicely and doing well, I have decided that it is time to make a pretty major upgrade to the hardware that powers our site. I have really wanted to add some cool stuff on SCN for a while (that no other site has even thought of), and I didn't think our current platform could handle it. So yesterday I bought some much bigger and more powerful servers, so we have some great things in store for SportsCollectors.Net and SportsCardDatabase.

Don't worry, we are not going to change the price for our premium subscription or take away features from our basic members. The premium package has been a really great value at $14.99 for the past 5 years and I have no plans to change that. I'm picking up the added expenses as part of my contribution to our fun hobby - you guys deserve it.

So now for the promotional message:

If you like sports cards and haven't checked out SportsCardDatabase, please take a look and please tell all your friends about it. It's 100% free, easy to use, and has so much great information. I have put a lot of time into and I think it will help you enjoy card collecting.

While the cookie cutter message vBulletin boards are very popular, they haven't provided any innovating things for collectors and I want to give you guys the best. The new Collection Management and shopping tools have been well received - and this is just the start.

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The Dreaded Signed Sleeve
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 15

I love my Boston sports teams, and it has certainly been an up and down  week.

On Sunday night, I had some great seats at Fenway to see my Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 4-3. Both starters Josh Beckett and Matt Garza threw hard and probably should have allowed even fewer runs. The game was capped off by my first chance to John Papelbon in person. He came in the 9th with a 1 run lead and quickly had 2nd and 3rd with no outs - but then he got pissed and struck out the next 3 hitters (Pena, Upton, Crawford) to end it.

That night and then on Tuesday, the Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all won their games. I was pretty fired up. Unfortunately Thursday night came and all 3 teams lost, the hardest being the top seeded Bruins losing Game 7 in overtime to the #6 seeded Hurricanes to end their season.

Yesterday I got a couple of longer term successes from Ollie Johnson and Charlie Sanders on 70's cards and some items in trade. Today I was very excited when I opened my mail and saw the following card:

Cam Neely is my all favortie hockey player and I have really enjoyed watching Joe Thornton - it's just too bad he immediately became an MVP when he as traded to San Jose. I found this card in a dime box a few years back at a card show, and I thought it was so cool. I thought I would never have a chance to get it signed as Thornton was a terrible signer when he was a Bruin, but I decided to send it to him this past December when I saw successes. After all, it was only $0.84 in stamps and $0.10 for the card - not exactly much to lose.

If you consider that these are two stars from my favorite team, Neely signs c/o his Foundation with a donation, and I am obsessed with getting mutli-signed cards - you can only imagine how excited I was to get this one back. 

I took a little closer to admire my great new item, and noticed something.... The autograph was not on the card but the protective plastic sleeve I put the card in:

This is not the first time this has happened to me, as I have nice Steve Van Buren and Phil Rizzuto signed sleves in my collection. But I think this time bummed me out the most. Looks like I'll have to try to resend this to Joe next NHL season, but this time with no sleeve.

It's certainly not the player's fault, as I am just so appreciative he would even take the time to sign for me. Going forward, I learned my lesson and I am not going to be sending cards out in sleeves.

I'm sure this has happened to many of you guys too, and you feel my pain. Please feel free to chime in below in the comments section.

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