Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Card Collector - The Final Chapter

I've talked about this before, but this will be the last time. There are many ways to keep track of the cards you have and the cards you need.

I know a number of collectors are on the Zistle program. The main thing I don't like about it is that they rely on on us collectors to build up the system.But it is free. I've looked at several possibilities and decided to go with the "The Card Collector" .

You can click on the title and go to the web site to read the details yourself but I will give you the highlights here.

This program covers baseball,football,basketball,hockey and Nascar. It has over 4 million card listings. Normally, the program disc sells for $49.95 on the web site. It is an off line program so you can use it anytime you have access to a computer, with or without the internet. I am going to buy a pack of 10 programs for $149.95. I am going to sell 9 of them to any interested parties, for $20.00 each (the price of one retail blaster) . That will cover the program and the shipping. I do not plan to make any profit on this.If I find that I have money left over at the end after shipping, I will send a refund to everyone Each program will also come with a certificate for one free update (another $20.00 value).I will also throw in an assortment of cards,with each order, as an extra incentive !

Speaking of updates, that's a point some people are a little wary of. They make an update available once a month at $19.95.

What !!! It's going to cost me another $20 a month !

Calm down ! No, not necessarily. Updates are available every month. You don't have to buy one every month. You can update your program whenever you want. Let's say we both buy a program today and I update mine every month but you don't update yours until the end of December. At the end of December our programs will have the exact same data. Mine would have just been more updated all year long.I would have paid $19.95 every month.You would only pay $19.95 in December. Or, you don't ever have to update if you don't want to.

Do I plan to update mine every month ? Heavens no, no, no !!! (unless I win the lottery). The web site will tell you what will be in each update. I am only concerned about baseball. If there are no baseball related updates on a given month, I'm not going to worry about it. Even if there is a baseball update, depending on what it involves, I may not update that month anyway. Now, if I had a business and bought and sold all kinds of sportscards every day, I would probably update every month. But for the average collector I don't see where that would be necessary. But that's just my opinion. I would like to hear any other views or opinions on this.

I already have 2 of the 9 programs sold. One to David at Tribe Cards. He has used the system for a long time but his is a very old version and he wants to upgrade. Also, NY__hitman23 over at Sports and More wants to buy one.

Added note : I barely finished editing the mistakes and Capt.Canuck joined on. Thanks!!

So, if you are interested, leave a comment here or shoot me an email, and I'll get you on the list. I plan to order in the next week or two whether I sell all 9 or not.


  1. Just wanted to let everyone know I've been using it since it's MS-DOS days and it's a great program. I usually update every six months or so and that works out pretty well.

    Just a word of advice - make sure you back up your collection file. There's nothing more annoying as having to start entering your collection over again after a catastophic computer failure!

  2. I'm looking forward to it! I haven't updated in YEARS, only adding my own stuff as I went along. I just hope when I install it, it doesn't trash what I've created myself. If it does, I'll just have to start over :-)

  3. Justin,Thanks for the comment! It's good to hear from someone else who has been using it for a while. David, I have faith in you to be able to figure it out!!

  4. Jack, I'm still in for a copy of the software. I sent you an email today.