Revamping Rating System

I am in the process of revamping the rating system to include half star ratings. This is due to me being indecisive about ratings and generally rounding up. In order to keep my ratings more accurate to my opinion, I’m including these half star ratings.

In the process of deciding this, I will be doing two things:
– Redesigning the rating graphics (done)
– Updating all reviews to include half star ratings (Gonna take awhile)

So the Reviews pages are going to look a little bit off until I move everything over to the new, much better looking, rating system.

You can see the first product with the new rating system hit the blog in the early morning tomorrow with 2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia.

Sports Card Blog is Updated!

That’s right! Sports Card Blog is now updated!

I have finished moving everything to the new self-hosted servers which will give me more options in terms of what I want to do with the site. I may add a couple ads here and there, where they aren’t very noticeable. I also don’t have to worry about the sponsorship issue anymore so if you want a male demographic between 16-50 to see your company, I will sell out and sell you some space. (Hah!)

Other than that, I have slightly redesigned the site. You can now hover over the “Previews” and “Reviews” tabs to pick a sport you would like to read about. The Previews section isn’t done yet, but I’ll be working on that.

The logo at the top isn’t done yet either, there is a lot of empty space up there. I think a clean design is in order, maybe just a nice blue stripe across the middle or something like that? What do you think? Maybe create an initial logo? Or do you like it the way it is? I really like the ice blue and grey look though. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

Other than that, it will be back to business as usual starting either later tonight or tomorrow, depending on what time allows me to do. Thanks for sticking with me through the changing of the servers and hope to see you around some more now that I can do some better things. I also have a great idea for those who like group breaks but I haven’t decided on whether to pull the trigger on that or not yet.

Until then, may the mojo be with you!

Site News: A Week In Review

This past week I’ve been trying to catch up with previews for all the releases in July. That meant a little more Panini previews than anything else because of their large July lineup. Most are looking pretty good however in the design and value department so I am definitely happy to see the improvements that many people have been bothered by with this year’s earlier releases. In other Panini news, I heard that they have hired a new Customer Service person to man the phones, so if you haven’t heard about your Panini redemptions, they will be easier to contact.

Speaking of redemptions, for those who didn’t know why they couldn’t get a hold of Upper Deck this past week, it is because they were moving their facilities down the street to a smaller building. They have also been shipping their redemption team and supplies out to North Carolina to expedite the process. It’s been a busy time of changes at Upper Deck and they should be settling down completely soon. Hold off on calling them about redemptions, they’ll be there.

As far as the blog goes, the top post of the week was my interview with Adam of Dave & Adam’s Card World. I learned a few things from Adam and he answers some questions from me and his consumers about issues they may have. His responses were extremely well thought out and is probably one of the best interviewees I have seen in the industry. I couldn’t have asked for a better response from him and from the community by reading the post. I thank everyone from Adam to my readers for taking their time for that post.

Finally, Sports Card Blog has put in it’s application for the Ginta-cuffs Battle of the Blogs 2011!  Open a box of 2011 Allen & Ginter baseball and you score points based on your favorite team and favorite player. Plus the Commish picks a series of other ways to get points or lose points based off the cards in the box. I am very excited for this as the winner receives a hobby box of 2011 Allen & Ginter for free provided by Topps, bragging rights, and it’s just a ton of fun to open Allen & Ginter. Someone had already chosen my favorite player, Jon Lester, so I couldn’t go with him. Instead, I am going with Adrian Gonzalez of my Boston Red Sox as he has a ton of cards in the set. It’s a good thing I couldn’t get Lester, it turns out he is a SP in the set. It will be my first year in the battle when approved, so I’m hoping I can make headlines like Bryce Harper as a rookie. If there are any bloggers out there who want to play along you can join us for a rousing game of Ginta-Cuffs. May the best blog win! Believe me, if I do win, there will be a giant spectacle and I will bribe the Commish with amazing bribes to get that win.

So that has been the week that was. Next week brings on some more interesting things. I’ll be sending off some questions to Thomas Fish of Blowout Cards as he has emailed me recently (so if you have any questions for him please send me an email or leave a comment), a couple more product previews, and I’m really hoping I can get a couple reviews in. How about some 2011 Donruss Elite football and 2010-11 Panini All-Goalies? A little birdy told me I may have a package coming with those boxes in it. Did I mention when I do reviews from Panini I will be giving out fabulous prizes? Sounds like a good week ahead for you the awesome reader and me.

Again, thanks for reading and make sure you check back soon. Maybe I’ll pull something awesome to give away.