Card Trimming Mobile App For Collectors

I’m not sure why I’ve had so many mobile app ideas for collectors this week. ¬†Perhaps I should be working for Apple ūüôā ¬†This time my idea deals with card trimming. ¬†This is the practice where scammers will slightly trim the edges of a vintage card, removing all of the wear that has taken its toll on the card over time. ¬†After the trim, the card looks brand new and they will try to pass it off as if it was in excellent condition. ¬†One way collectors can avoid purchasing a trimmed card is to take the card you suspect might be trimmed, and lay it on top of another common card from that set. ¬†Manufacturers didn’t treat cards of star players any different from no-name rookies when they cut apart the sheets. ¬†Scammers will usually trim cards that are extremely popular and valuable, thats why its important to match it up with a common from the same set.

A lot of collectors will tell you they carry commons with them when they attend shows. ¬†Its a great idea if you plan on purchasing a raw version of a highly desirable vintage card. ¬†But having to carry around a lot of commons can be a pain and you don’t won’t to damage them anymore than they already are. ¬†Here is where my mobile app idea plays into the picture. ¬†Lets say your using the new Apple iPad. ¬†My app would allow the user to select a set, and then it would display a square on the screen which would measure to the exact size the cards from that set should be. ¬†Collectors could then lay the card on top of the square to see if it measures to the right size. ¬†If it doesn’t, then the collector could suspect the card they are looking at might be trimmed. ¬†Combine this with an app that allows collectors to verify graded cards, obtain hobby news, and check card prices, your ready to tackle any scammer that stands in your way.

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This card has been trimmed.

Mobile App Idea For Graded Card Collectors

Love it or hate it, grading is part of The Hobby.  I for one am a collector that is torn down the middle about the whole thing.  I can see some good for having it, but then reading a book such as The Card shows you how corrupt and stupid it can be.  No grading company is perfect and its very possible for a fake card to make it into one of their sealed holders.  I do think they can help weed out counterfeit vintage cards.

Among all the graders, PSA, BGS, and SGC remain some of the most popular within the industry. ¬†One thing I would do before purchasing a graded card is verify the card’s serial number. ¬†If you can’t see the card’s serial number it was given by the grader, that may be a sign you don’t want to purchase the card. ¬†By checking the serial number you can see if the card your looking at was actually graded by that company. ¬†There are a ton of “look-a-like” holders out on the market that closely resemble some of the more popular graders. ¬†Thats why its important to run the serial number.

I know I’ve stated this information before, but I think it bears repeating. ¬†I once caught a scammer trying to pass off a Yogi Berra 1952 Bowman card graded by PSA a Mint 9. ¬†He didn’t display the serial number in the photo and when I asked for it, none of the numbers he gave me came close to being that Berra. ¬†He was also asking $10k for the card.

With the release of the Apple iPad, I had an idea for a mobile app that I would love to see put into production. ¬†I’d like to see an app that allows collectors to verify graded card serial numbers straight from their mobile device. ¬†I’m far from a computer programmer, but I think its one mobile app that could serve useful to The Hobby. ¬†If there are any mobile app programmers reading, please contact me about creating the Sports Card Info Graded Card app!! ¬†This app has to be more useful than that card flipping game made by Topps.

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