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Happy New Year 2024
Monday, January 1, 2024
Posted by jaygross
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Wishing a happy and healthy New Year 2024 to the SCN community. You all bring so much joy to my household and make collecting more fun!

I always enjoy writing a blog post around this time of year. It allows me to reflect on things related to this site, our community, and how my collecting + life progresses.

2023 Milestone - 2 MILLION SUCCESSES

In November the community hit a huge milestone with 2 million successes tracked on SCN. I can't begin to express how amazed I am that we could get to this point together and how appreciative I am to everyone who uses the tools I created to track their requests/successes. You all have made the hobby so fun for me personally over the past 20+ years.

Site Enhancements

  • We had heard that we weren't always getting messages when our members were trying to contact us. Obviously this would be problematic, so I implemented a new contact system to make sure that every message gets stored in a database. I have made sure to respond to every message. In addition, we recently added a capcha to the Contact Us page that has significantly reduced the amount of SPAM messages we receive.

  • Last week we introduced the ability for promoters to indicate when Private Signings are completed. We anticipate that this will help streamline communication and expectations related to timelines for items being returned.

  • This year I spent quite a bit of time improving the site's performance and the administrative tools that allow our admins to manage the site.

    End of year community stats

    SCN stats

    Some 2023 highlights for me and my collection:

    • I finally spent many hours getting organized and listed over 60K unsigned cards on buysportscards:
      https://www.buysportscards.com/search?sellerId=354fc7bb8e&sellerName=sportscollectors

      BSC

      I accumulated a lot of stuff in the past 40+ years and I only had a very vague idea of what cards I had that were mixed up in many random boxes. After watching some videos of how Burbank Cards sets up their warehouse, I got inspired to organize my stuff by sport, year, and set in 5000 count monster boxes. It has been a lot of fun for me to "shop" in my own store for cards to send out TTM requests to players. No more needing to buy cards I already have.

    • I sent out 400+ requests in 2023, a decent amount but considerably less than 2023:

      jays stats

    • In the spring and summer I spent a lot of time getting to coach and root for my son Jack play baseball - he recently turned 12, is a righty pitcher, plays left field, and hits line drives left handed. All similar to the greatest Red Sox player - Ted Williams. We can dream....

      He has started to show interest in sports cards this year and we went to a local show a couple of times. After I gave him a slabbed 1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds, he decided he wanted to try to slab his own cards. So I dug out a card I have since the 1980's in decent shape and we spent a few hours on a rainy Sunday putting this together:

      There was some trial and error, but we think it turned out pretty nicely. PSA and SGC has nothing to worry about, as I have NO interest to offer a sportscollectors.net grading service. I have since slabbed some of my autographed cards to display in my house (will likely be the subject of a future post).

      scn_slab_1959_fleer_ted_williams

    • My favorite TTM autograph of the year was getting Michael Pittman Sr. to finish up this Bucs leaders card from the season after their championship team:



    • I am still on the hunt for the following signed cards:
      -- 1992 Pro Line Portraits Al Davis
      -- 1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Ken Dryden
      -- 1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Denis Potvin

      1992 Pro Line Portraits Al Davis 1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts Ken Dryden 1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts Denis Potvin


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