This morning we passed 100,000 total cards on the site. There are currently 57,418 different cards, and 100,203 total cards. Every single one has been scanned, front and back. To our knowledge, this is still the largest online inventory of sports cards that includes high quality images of every single card for sale.
Some of the recent additions include the following.
Nearly 2,000 more cards from SteveSC including the following cards.
At 4:00 this afternoon we had 116,144 total hits. Our previous record was last Wednesday when we had 84,713. With 8 hours left in the day, we already have 37% more hits than our previous record. We have a shot at doubling our single day record! Good thing we just upgraded our servers, and we can now easily handle the traffic.
These numbers includes images and other resources, not just page views. Apparently some popular blogs have started linking to our images. Fortunately we recently started adding watermarks. Image courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
If you want to link to images on COMC.com, you are welcome to do that! We encourage you to use one of the larger images that include a watermark, and we ask that you give us attribution with a link back to our website, such as the example above.
Like the quality scans and user interface that you see on CheckOutMyCards.com?
We have gotten a lot of requests recently for software that would help people list eBay auctions. These days you pretty much have to include a scanned image if you want your auction to sell. Unfortunately it is very tedious to scan all those cards and look up their book value. Well, as you can tell from our site, we have cracked that nut, and now we are considering the possibility of offering a service that allows you to easily create eBay auctions.
Imagine this… You throw some cards on a scanner and click a button in a software application provided for you by CheckOutMyCards.com. The software scans your cards at the appropriate resolution for high-quality images and then uploads the data to CheckOutMyCards.com for processing. The next day you log into CheckOutMyCards.com and see a list of cataloged cards. It might look something like this.
From here you would be able to click a button that would automatically create a professionally designed eBay auction based on your boilerplate text. The auction would have similar functionality to what you find today on the Card Details pages of COMC.com. Potential bidders would be able to hover over the thumbnails to flip between the front and back of the card, and they would be able to click to view the 2x zoomed image of either the front or the back of the card.
How much would that service be worth to you? How many cards can you manually scan, crop, lookup, and list in an hour? How much does it cost for software that only helps with part of the process?
Sound interesting? Let me know what you think. If we get enough interest, we will increase the priority of building this service.
Two summers ago I got to play with Jamal Crawford in an outdoor basketball tournament at Green Lake. Our honorary coach happened to be Brandon Roy. He was going to be a senior at the University of Washington and could not play in summer leagues. One of our first games was against Nate Robinson. At the time he had just graduated from the University of Washington. Unfortunately, this was the first time I had seen him play. Near the end of the game, the score was really close and Nate had a fast break. Of course I couldn’t give him an easy layup, so I went up to challenge the shot. I am 6′ 6″ and Nate is listed at 5′ 9″, but in real life he is shorter than my wife, who is only 5′ 5″. Before I could realize what had happened, HE DUNKED ON ME! He didn’t jump over me like it did Spud, but he managed to avoid my outstretched arms and get the dunk to go in.
We now have more than 60,000 cards listed for sale on the COMC.com. This is pretty signficant considering that every card features a high resolution scan of each side of the card. To our knowledge this is the largest online inventory of scanned cards available for purchase from one location. Some sites have larger inventories, but they rarely have a large number of cards that have been scanned. Usually their scans are not high enough quality to see the details of the card, and often they don’t even bother scanning the back side of the card.
If you know of a site that offers a larger inventory of cards with scanned images, we would like to hear about it.
If you would like to sell some of your cards online but don’t want the hassle involved with building and maintaining a website or packaging and shipping your cards, you should check out our consignment options.