|Looking back on 2021 for SCN|
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Posted by jaygross
2021 turned out to be another very strong year for both the Sports Collectibles hobby and for our community. It's been exciting to see many new folks joining in on our fun and sharing their collecting passions here on SCN. I'd like to thank you all for your continued passion, sharing, and helpfulness that has brought me so much enjoyment running the site
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2022! I hope all of your mailboxes are full and you have a great time enjoying our fun hobby.
BIG NEWS - one of our members elected to the Pro Football HOF
Ray with HOF president David Baker
|Ray Prisby (aka dawg3232) was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February. What makes it so amazing is that it was based on his being a Cleveland Browns superfan and his collection of Browns memorabilia.
You can see some videos of his collection on our blog post. It was absolutely awesome when Jim Brown visited his home to present him with his candidacy for the Hall of Fame.
Every year I really enjoy capturing the totals of the amounts of amazing data that we (as community) have shared together and entered into the SCN databases. It continues to blow me away just how far we have come and how the site continues to grow. Below is a snapshot for the end of 2021:
Site enhancements and upgrades made in 2021
Next to player listings thoughout the site we added a icon that denotes there is an upcoming Paid/Private Signing. You can click on the SIGNING icon next to their name to see details.
||Filtering & Sorting for Private Signings
This feature release introduced:
- Filtering Private Signings by Sport & Team.
- Much easier sorting of Private Signings listed.
||Upgraded Payment Processing for subscriptions
This feature release introduced:
- Immediate processing for new subscriptions and renewals.
- Support for credit card payments.
- Elimination of super confusing messaging from Paypal.
||Signing Habits of Active Players
Leveraging the awesome Players and Teams functionality (that only SCN has), we made it easy for collectors to see active MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL players' signings habits.
||Filtering Players by Fee/No Fee
We added the ability to filter players by whether they do or not have a fee specified on their player profile in the SCN database.
||Upgraded tools for Managing Private Signings
This has been a major set of enhancements for promoters to manage their signings:
- Filtering the list of Your Signings
- More options on the detail page
- Ability to change the date of signing
- See all Transaction Details in one place
- Ability to contact all traders for the signing at once
Many of our heroes have passed away
It has been gut wrenching to check the Passed Away section on our Message Board throughout this year. I counted 528 people in our database have been marked as passed away in 2021, including the 18 Hall of Famers below:
My personal collection
This was a really good for my collection overall.
Finishing a full set of cards is incredibly hard. For many years I have been 1 card away from finishing two basketball sets. This year I got the last to cards below to finish my sets thanks to members of the SCN community:
1978 Topps Basketball (132 cards)
1989 Hoops Basketball (352 possible cards)
I sent out over 500 TTM requests (over 40% are 1970's-1990's basketball players) and I have a 70% success rate for the year so far.
My obsession with getting multi-signed cards continues as I have added a few nice ones. Below are my favorites:
You can click on thumbnail for larger view of the others I have gotten in 2021:
I got 11 more completed tri-cards from 1980 Topps basketball, now it is getting tougher:
I am still on the hunt for the following signed cards to finish my sets:
1992 Pro Line Portraits Al Davis
1992 Pro Line Portraits James Hasty
1992 Pro Line Portraits Lynn Swann
1993 Pro Line Portraits Wilber Marshall
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Wayne Cashman
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Ken Dryden
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Rick MacLeish
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Denis Potvin
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Jean Ratelle
1977 Topps/ O-Pee-Chee Glossy Inserts (Round Corners) Darryl Sittler
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