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NEW FEATURE: Track Fees with Requests & Successes
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

What we had was useful, but could be better!

Over the past few months, I have noticed more players requiring signing fees and I was sending out fees to more players. To this point, sometimes members would write in the comments of their request that they enclosed a fee or donation (as shown below):



This format allowed members to enter valuable information to the community, but it became inconsistent. Often folks left out this information and many times they did not include the amount of money they sent.

Enhancement - Fees with Requests

We have added a field where you can enter the fee or donation amount sent with that request: The red box in the screen below shows the new field where you can supply this information:



In addition, you can now see the new Fee column throughout the site that displays individual request details. The red box in the screen below shows the Fee Column on the page that lists all of your Requests:



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Update to our Basic Membership
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 1

Way back in 2002, we decided to launch 2 levels of membership:
  • Basic Membership - free with limited functionality including the latest successes over the past 14 days
  • Premium Subscription - gives access to all features available on SCN

    We have spent some time reviewing the behavior of our memberships, the state of the hobby, and value proposition of our subscription offering. We have decided that we will continue to offer the basic membership (that will continue to be FREE), but it will now have access to successes that were from the previous week. Let's look at an example:

    Since today is 6/14, basic members will be able to see successes between 6/1-6/7.


    If you would like to see the full success history (including the newest + older successes) and be part of the best community of sports collectors, then our yearly subscription at $14.99 is for you! It is both extremely affordable (we haven't raised the price since 2005) and it's the most comprehensive resource available for collectors. Many thousands of users are part of this community and contribute regularly.



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    NEW FEATURE: Signing Fee List and Icons
    Friday, June 5, 2020
    Posted by jaygross
    Comments: 0

    What we had was useful, but could be better!

    About 12 years ago we introduced "Player Notes" - which allowed members to share important information about a player to inform our community of collectors. Unfortunately it has been massively under utilized feature.

    With more players now requiring fees or donations to sign items, we figured it would be a good thing to make this more obvious to our community.

    Previously, the only place you could see if a player had a "Note" for community or add notes was on player's profile page (shown on the left side in red box):



    You could click on the link in the red box to then see a "Player Note" page and see some important information (like the details around the signing fees for Steve Carlton):




    Enhancement #1 - New Icons

    There are 2 new icons throughout the site where you see player listings:

    Denotes the person requires a fee or donation to sign. You can click on the FEE icon next to their name to see details.

    Denotes the community has added info for this person. You can click on the NOTE icon next to their name to see details. (Here you'll be able to alert the community of ghost signers, autopen, players who won't sign certain items, etc.)

    Below is the Player Search Results, and you can see the entry for Steve Carlton has a clickable :



    Enhancement #2 - Signing Fees Pages for each sport

    We have made consolidated signing fee pages for each sport (in the Sigs by Mail section):



  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Other Sports
  • Enhancement #3 - Categories for Notes and Fees

    In order to make it easier for members to supply and read info, we added a category dropdown when you submit notes:




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