Sports Card Album Launches App For iOS 7.0

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Many collectors have wondered what the future holds for this fine hobby of ours.  Everyone wants to know what the next “big thing” will be.  I personally don’t think it will be one giant event.  Instead it will be a bunch of stuff that comes together.

One of the greatest innovations collectors have seen recently is the launch of Sports Card Album last summer by it’s creator Sergio Dubois.  In less than a year it has acquired over 2,500 registered users and over 130,000 cards.  More are being added every day.  Sports Card Album easily allows you to show off your collection and track what your friends are adding to theirs.  Gone are the days of linking your Photobucket account to the signature line of your favorite forum.  Sports Card Album is here to revolutionize the way you share your collection!!!

In addition to the website, which is free to use, there is now an official Sports Card Album app for the iOS 7.0 platform.  It only costs $3.99, around the same price of a pack of cards.  According to Mr. Dubois,  “This app allows users to register, add cards to their album by snapping pics on their iPhone, crop their photos, follow friends, message friends, like cards, share cards via Twitter or Facebook, filter the live “feed” by sport, and search the entire database for specific cards or users.  Future updates are already underway and will include the ability to create albums via the app, change profile pictures, rotate images, receive notifications for messages, comments, and likes, and a whole lot more.  Proceeds from the sale of this app will go directly to the development of the Android app, the iPad Optimized app, and additional app features.”

I’m a huge fan of Sports Card Album.  This is one thing the hobby needed.  Be sure to check out Sports Card Info’s profile.  I’m hoping to add more to it soon.

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OYO Launches Line Of NHL Minifigures

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OYO Sportstoys began selling officially licensed NHL minifigures this week.  As of right now the teams they are offering minifigures for include the Rangers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, and Bruins.  Other teams will soon follow.

I’ve got to say that OYO really put some thought into their new line of hockey minifigures.  Included with every minifigure you’ll find a stand, stick, helmet, shield, puck, and skates.  OYO even designed the players to look like they’re wearing gloves.  They could have easily just copied the basic design they use for their baseball and football players, but they went the extra step in redesigning the hands.  The same could be said about the skates too.  It won’t be long until you start seeing these guys pop-up at your local hobby shop or sports venue.

Founded in 2011, OYO Sportstoys has seen much success with their line of officially licensed minifigures.  This success has even spawned off Field Sets for both baseball and football.  It really wouldn’t surprise me if we see hockey Field Sets down the road.  The best thing about them though is that they’re fully compatible with other building toys such as LEGOs.  Having a minifigure of yourself is almost an honor.  Just like seeing yourself as a character on Family Guy or The Simpsons.  Kids like LEGOs and kids like sports.  Its only natural to put them together.  Funky stuff like this is just awesome.  I hope OYO sees a boost in sales with The LEGO Movie coming out soon.