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Super Bowl 46 Prediction Contest
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 1

The premium member who accurately predicts the winning team, final score, and MVP of the 2011 Super Bowl will win an autographed 1956 Topps card of New York Giants Hall of Fame QB Y.A. Tittle.

To enter, premium members can visit the contest thread on the message board and provide the following information:

Winning Team:

Please only enter this information and nothing else, as all comments will be removed. Contest submissions will be open up until the morning of the big game.

In the event that multiple members enter the same winning information, we will only consider the first person to submit their prediction. So please check not to enter the same information as another member.

Once you make your picks, you will not be able to edit them.

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Happy New Year 2012 and It's a Boy
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 3

For the past 4 years, I've posted a Happy New Year posting to review the highlights on the site, collecting in general, and my collection. Usually I start by showing a bunch of stats about the site, but this year I have some other stuff to start with.
Much like in 2008, you guys may have noticed that I haven't been posting messages or responding to everyone as much I would like. I'm still on the site quite a bit, but once again it's been quite busy in the Grossman household. On November 19th, we welcomed our second child to the family. It's a boy and his name is Jack.

He may not know it quite yet, but his older sister (now three) and I are going to make sure he is:
1) a huge Boston sports fan - she is quick to tell everyone "Go Red Sox, Boo Yankees"
2) a sports card collector - she has her own album and is a Yao Ming fan
3) a fan of cartoons, sesame street, and the muppets

SportsCollectors.Net in 2011

The SCN community wound up having a really amazing year once again, as the site keeps growing and keeps getting better. The numbers always seem to do a pretty good job of telling some of the story:

12/31/11 12/31/10 12/31/09 12/31/08 12/31/07
Successes 774,642 673,677 578,826 483,735 378,537
Requests 1,061,146 922,224 798,034 670,300 527,214
Autographed Trade Items 72,169 61,976 47,236 29,167 17,841
Message Board Posts 515,700 398,082 284,566 201,851 132,334
Photos 133,563 91,578 54,439 21,581 N/A
Private Signings 1,379 269 N/A N/A N/A
Members 30,831 28,323 25,683 22,285 19,062
Premium Members 6,290 5,579 4,866 4,161 3,503

Last year we added the Card Sets and Wantlists feature. Lots of members have been using this to track their sets. In November, there was a really cool idea where dozens of members went through wantlists and generously gave items from their collections to help others. It was one of the most awesome things that we've had happen on SCN, and II both sent items and received some signed cards.

Private signings have really become a great way to get so many players who we can't get by mail. This is the first full year with the new Private Signings section, and we had over 1000 of them on the site. I took part of a few of them to get the following signed cards:

It was definitely tough as we lost so many great athletes. Here's a list of 200+ Players who passed away in 2011:

  • Ricky Adams - Baseball

  • Tom Addison - Football

  • Matty Alou - Baseball

  • Houston Antwine - Football

  • Seve Ballesteros - Other

  • Hal Bamberger - Baseball

  • Wade Belak - Hockey

  • Ricky Bell - Football

  • Carroll Beringer - Baseball

  • Reno Bertoia - Baseball

  • Bud Bloomfield - Baseball

  • Forrest Blue - Football

  • Eddie Bockman - Baseball

  • Derek Boogaard - Hockey

  • Red Borom - Baseball

  • Johnny Brewer - Football

  • Orlando Brown - Football

  • Frank Buckles - Other

  • Don Buddin - Baseball

  • Cy Buker - Baseball

  • Lew Bush - Football

  • Joe Caffie - Baseball

  • Tom Carnegie - Other

  • Ken Carpenter - Football

  • Preston Carpenter - Football

  • Tom Cavanagh - Hockey

  • Don Chandler - Football

  • Lynn Chandnois - Football

  • Lorenzo Charles - Basketball

  • Roger Christian - Hockey

  • Gino Cimoli - Baseball

  • Mike Clark - Football

  • Bill Closs - Basketball

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    January 2011 Trading Stats Broken Down
    Sunday, February 6, 2011
    Posted by jaygross
    Comments: 0

    At the end of 2010, we made an enhancement to the trading manager that allowed members to specify the type of deal they were making (Trade, Buy, Sell, Private Signing, 50-50/Consignment). So far it has worked out pretty well and we'll soon be making a slew of further enhancements to tracking your deals.

    I spend quite a bit of time analyzing site data to understand what is working best on the site and help us decide what features to build next. I thought it would be interesting to share some stats around trading on SCN for the month of January 2011:

    Total January Confirmed Trades: 1986
    January Confirmed Trades with feedback: 1063 (53%)

    January Confirmed Trades Feedback Breakdown:
    Positive: 1783
    Neutral: 1
    Negative: 1

    A little bit of explanation about the numbers:

    In the month January 2011, there were 1986 deals that were agreed to by both members on SCN. By the beginning of February (the time of this post), more than half of those (53%) had resulting in at least one of those members leaving feedback for the other.

    For those 1063 deals with feedback, there were 1785 feedback ratings left. Of those 1785 ratings, 1783 (99.89%) were positive - meaning the overwhelming majority of members making deals and leaving feedback were satisfied. Bravo to the awesome traders and collectors on SCN.

    I was a little surprised by the percentage of 50-50/Consignment transactions being so high at 28%. My take is that a good percentage of these deals are related to members getting autographs in Florida and Arizona in the next 6 weeks at Spring Training.

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