Out for milk, back with cards!

Hello all! First off a brief introduction, my name is Chris Gill (KarmaPolice is my nom-de-zistle, and just about everywhere else on the web for that matter) and Ashley and Josh have graciously allowed me to start contributing some blog content here. You'll (hopefully) start to see regular posts from me and I hope you'll be both entertained and informed. I'm not foolish enough to think I know it all here and being that I am new to this craft (published writing, not collecting: I've been collecting for ~25 years) I heartily encourage you to post in the comments at the bottom what you think. What I could do better, what I did just right, and what other topics you'd like to see covered. To break me in (pun intended!) it seemed like a box break was a good place to start my blogging tenure, and so below, you'll find my weekend haul, hopefully with a helpful and informative reviewers slant. And so, without further ado... the story begins....

Friday was a rough day in the GillArticle Header Img household and a trip to Target was in order for Advil, Claritin, and milk… you betcha, I was hurting! While there (and thinking of spending the evening on the sofa), I figured why not have a little retail therapy as well: grab some cards and let that oh-so-sweet sound of wrappers peeling away from shiny new cards heal me. We all know Target is nothing to write home for about for their card selection but I happened to notice they had freshly stocked some 2014 Baseball Bowman Platinum and, having some good luck with a couple blaster boxes earlier in the month, I opted to purchase two more. Of course, there was also a very lonely looking box of 2014 Baseball Panini Prizm that was just begging for a home, so I snatched that up too.

So now, back at home, and ripping away, pack-by-pack, hit-by … wait… No, it’s a blaster box, no great hits will be had (maybe some okay ones). Anyway, maybe we can share a little enjoyment in these cards and learn a thing or two together.

Let’s start with the 2014 Baseball Panini Prizm set.

For a quick summary, this is one of the weirdest box opening experiences I’ve had in quite a while; that said, I think the card design is pretty good with slightly heavier than normal card stock, solid border design, and a nice lineup of players.

Main Set Card: Panini Prizm Main Set Example Panini Prizm Main Set Example

Moving on from here is when things start to get weird though….

To start with, ripping into that first pack, you’ll notice a fine white powder coats all the cards. My heart skipped a beat when I opened the first pack simultaneously thinking I’m being poisoned with anthrax (how did they know I would buy that box?) or perhaps the Arizona heat had ruined the cards in shipping, the wax coating dried out and the cards were starting to disintegrate (yes, it gets that hot down here that we actually worry about that kind of thing). In fact, it turns out it’s a “harmless organic press powder” used because the new signature-friendly UV coating on the cards was causing double-feeding and damage during card packaging. You can read more from Panini’s official blog post, however I personally wish they had delayed the release to fix the issue as I have no idea how this stuff is going to hold up over decades in penny sleeves (especially since it’s organic). In the end, it is fairly easy to clean off however quite time consuming to get it all.

Once I got past that, and got into a pack I quickly noticed that this isn’t an MLB licensed set (as with anything other than Topps), so you won’t see any team logos or insignia or even printed team names; just “Boston” or “San Francisco”. It is licensed by the MLBPA though, meaning they get to – and did – go old-school on us and give us some nice throwback players. I find it ridiculous for the hobby that only Topps can get the logos; there just aren’t enough manufacturers out there anymore to justify this, though that topic is for another post. When all is said and done, except for one or two very odd looking pictures, I’m not sure the lack of logos is a deal breaker for the set visually, but it definitely puts me off buying more. I’m also not sure it has a strong enough lineup to consider chasing cards via box breaks.

One final odd note before we get into the packs, the insert ratios/odds for the subsets aren’t printed anywhere on the pack or box (or even anywhere I could find on the web). The pack gives you the serial number count for the subsets, but no sense of scarcity beyond that and none at all for cards without serial numbers. Kind of unfortunate as I am always checking the backs of packs to see how rare that “Topps Gold” card I just pulled is. I guess in this case, if it is serial numbered you know the scarcity; and if it is not, well then, just assume there are a million of them.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the packs and I’ll provide some comments as I pull things.

Pack 1:
Base Cards: Victor Martinez, Mike Napoli, George Brett

Inserts/Parallels: Golden Leather – Dustin Pedroia (Not serial numbered)

Summary: The George Brett made me realize quickly that I was in for some throwbacks. I actually appreciate this in sets as I believe collecting is often about connecting with your childhood as much as the sport and the players, and seeing my childhood stars coming out of packs does put a nice smile on my face. Not to mention it’s kind of “cool” to have some newer tech cards of players from the beige cardboard era.

  
Pack 2:
Base Cards: Josh Hamilton, Jered Weaver, Wilmer Flores (RC)

Inserts/Parallels: Red Prizms – Marlon Byrd (#18/25)

Summary: Not a bad pull on the Red Prizm considering they are of 25. I do like the Red Prizm coloring (the picture at right makes it look VERY pink, it’s not, it’s more of a blood red), very sharp and eye catching. One note I do like here is that the serial numbers have been printed on the back. They belong there, not on the front screaming “look at me” the way many sets have moved to these days.

Pack 3:
Base Cards: Mark Trumbo, Mike Schmidt, Andrew Lambo (RC)

Inserts/Parallels: Autographs Prizms – Kevin Seitzer (Not serial numbered)

Summary: Yes, you read that right. Do not adjust your dial, this is not 1987 all over again… that is a real Kevin Seitzer auto in a 2014 set… wow… the Auto is on a sticker which detracts a bit from the cards I think, but I love the anachronistic nature of this card, so it’s a keeper. I wonder if this isn’t the only Kevin Seitzer autographed card ever released? (Follow up: A quick Zistle search tells me, nope, there are in fact 10 of them.)

Pack 4:
Base Cards: Derek Jeter, Jason Grilli, Coco Crisp

Inserts/Parallels: Prizms – Chipper Jones (Not serial numbered)

Summary: Sweet pull for me as a collector considering my love for Chipper Jones. That said, I’m not sure the Prizms set (just a slightly rainbow/shinier version of the base) is distinctive enough to make a really attractive parallel set, nothing like the Red Prizms anyway. I’m sure there is some trade appeal for the Jeter… make me an offer!

Pack 5:
Base Cards: Koji Uehara, Chris Archer, Logan Watkins (RC)

Inserts/Parallels: Top of the Order – Jose Bautista (Not serial numbered)

Summary: Pretty blah pack… though I think this is my first Uehara card. Not a huge fan of the Top of the Order inserts, too boring.

Pack 6:
Base Cards: B.J. Upton, Jeff Bagwell, Jose Fernandez

Inserts/Parallels: Chasing the Hall – Ichiro Suzuki (Not serial numbered)

Summary: I like the Chasing the Hall card design, and of course a Jeff Bagwell card is always nice… pretty good for a “common pack”

Pack 7:
This is a special blaster box only pack of Camo Prizms

Inserts/Parallels: Camo Prizms – Elvis Andrus, Max Scherzer, Marlon Byrd, Jon Lester, Nick Swisher, Ehire Adrianza (RC)

Summary: I hate these blaster box parallel sets, I would much rather another normal pack instead of these any day.

 

Overall Summary: Fun box to break, probably not much long term value in this set and the lack of licensing probably limits collector appeal. It looks like you can expect one insert card per pack and approximately one rookie or retiree. I expect that a lot of people won’t like this set, though it does have some merits (elegant, well rounded, decent insert/parallel lineup, and those damn sexy Red Prizms). The throwback guys are going to be a treasure trove for PC collectors, which I suspect is about the only thing that will keep collectors buying these. For me, the Kevin Seitzer auto was a weird enough pull that I have a quirky admiration for the set, but I don’t think I’ll be buying more of it.
Overall Recommendation: Collectors should avoid buying quantities. Trade/buy for singles you want. Perfect blaster box for a kid or niece/nephew’s birthday present though.
Overall Grade: C

Moving away from Panini and into Topps territory. I have bought 2 blaster boxes of 2014 Baseball Bowman Platinum before today and I have to say this is probably my favorite set of 2014, and probably in my top 10 all time (which sounds like a good post for another day). Today I added two more blaster boxes to my collection, and I am almost certain I will buy more, maybe even going for a proper Hobby box.

Main Set Card: Bowman Platinum Main Set Example Front Bowman Platinum Main Set Example Back

The card design is beautiful and simple, the player pictures are generally in-action and very well taken. The card backs are even nicely made, but perhaps the flaw here is that they are too simple (more stats/info please!). The nice logo and coloring on the fronts are what make me love this set design though. For these reasons, when I saw Target had restocked these, I threw some more money at them.

To start with, I don’t expect super hits in any blaster box, and to that end I really wasn’t disappointed with these as that belief held true. However this set is so wonderful in its base design (and the parallels) that I am seriously considering trying to complete this one. With 200 base cards (100 rookie/veterans and 100 prospects) it should not be particularly difficult to do.

The knocks against this set are pretty broad strokes though. First, a general complaint that I have with all sets these days, but is especially relevant to this one: Do we really need 4 or 5 parallels of every card in every set/subset? I don’t mind one or two… but beyond that it just waters down the set as a whole I believe. The most major complaint I have of this set though is that it has taken the rookie/veteran set and numbered it 1-100 and the prospect set and numbered it BPP 1-100… WHY?!?!… Just give it one set of number 1-200 please and save us the organization challenge!

Anyway, you can see those are fairly minor complaints in the grand scheme and so we move along to the meat of the matter and see what we can pull. Let the blaster boxes be opened:

Pack 1.1:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Taijuan Walker (RC)

Prospect Base Cards: Lucas Sims, Luis Sardinas

Inserts/Parallels: Cutting Edge Stars – Wil Myers (1:10)

Summary: The Cutting Edge Stars is a nice card, definitely would look slick for the auto or relic versions. Taijuan Walker leads off the set as card #1, that seems an odd distinction for a fairly unheralded player.

Pack 1.2:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Ryan Braun

Prospect Base Cards: Stryker Trahan

Inserts/Parallels: Refractor – Kohl Stewart (1:4), Top Prospects – Eddie Butler (1:5)

Summary: The Top Prospects is a nice looking card, they are all die-cut despite the packaging listing the “die-cuts” as a parallel of the Top Prospects. The “die-cuts” parallel mentioned on the pack is actually the refractor die-cuts and they are serial numbered to 25. The prospect refractors are a nice card, in fact I kind of wish the whole set were made of the same material as it’s a bit glossier and even more elegant than the base with its smoother background look (compared to the slightly “crinkled” version on the base card).

Pack 1.3:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Matt Davidson (RC)

Prospect Base Cards: J.P. Crawford

Inserts/Parallels: Sapphire Parallel – Taijuan Walker (1:10), Blue Refractor – Michael Ynoa (1:153, #57/199)

Summary: A nice Blue Refractor, though I’m not sure Ynoa will ever amount to much. More impressive was the Sapphire parallel set’s blue sheen, it’s very nice looking and fun to watch glisten in the light.

Pack 1.4:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Adam Wainwright, Prince Fielder

Prospect Base Cards: Rosell Herrera, Billy McKinney

Summary: First commons pack. Not much interesting here.

Pack 1.5:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Jon Lester, Cole Hamels

Prospect Base Cards: Courtney Hawkins, Chris Anderson

Summary: Another commons pack. Again, nothing interesting, though still beautiful cards.

Pack 1.6:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Yadier Molina

Prospect Base Cards: Taylor Guerrieri

Inserts/Parallels: Refractor – Roberto Osuna (1:4), Gold Parllel – Alex Guerrero (1:5)

Summary: The gold parallel looks almost like a tarnished version of the base card… considering how hot the sapphire ones looked, the gold ones left me on the other end, definitely wanting more.

Pack 1.7:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Nick Castellanos (RC), Matt Holliday

Prospect Base Cards: David Dahl, Alen Hanson

Summary: Another commons pack. Nothing to say here.

Pack 1.8:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Andrew McCutchen

Prospect Base Cards: Domingo Santana, Colin Moran

Inserts/Parallels: Top Prospects – David Dahl (1:10)

Summary: Another nice looking Top Prospects card… This is a nice insert set.

Pack 2.1:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Pedro Alvarez

Prospect Base Cards: C.J. Edwards, Brandon Nimmo

Inserts/Parallels: Top Prospects – Austin Meadows (1:10)

Summary: More Top prospects love, and I don’t mind…

Pack 2.2:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Jay Bruce, Jean Segura

Prospect Base Cards: Devon Travis

Inserts/Parallels: Refractors – Hak-Ju Lee (1:4)

Summary: The more of these refractors I get, the more beautiful they look, and the more I wish it were just a refractor base set.

Pack 2.3:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Aroldis Chapman

Prospect Base Cards: Daniel Robertson, Kyle Zimmer

Inserts/Parallels: Ruby Parallel – Billy Hamilton (1:20)

Summary: The sapphire parallel is gorgeous, the Ruby parallel is that times 100, truly a breathtaking card in my opinion… really makes me feel bad for the gold parallel. I think the Reds uni of Hamilton even adds to the look of the Ruby background as this is one sumptuous card.

Pack 2.4:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Madison Bumgarner

Prospect Base Cards: Bubba Starling, Clint Frazier

Inserts/Parallels: Cutting Edge Stars – Andrew McCutchen (1:10)

Summary: I’m salivating for a Cutting Edge Stars with an auto or relic… it would be such a nice looking card and without it this card design suffers from a lot of negative space… and the auto and relics do exist (and both infact), though very scarce at 1:6850 & 1:4100 respectively

Pack 2.5:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Max Scherzer

Prospect Base Cards: Justin Nicolino

Inserts/Parallels: Gold Parallel – Jacoby Ellsbury (1:5), X-Fractor – Zach Lee (1:20)

Summary: My first X-Fractor… a little strange looking, not nearly as nice as the other parallels, though still better than the gold of which I got another here.

Pack 2.6:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: David Price

Prospect Base Cards: Eddie Butler

Inserts/Parallels: Refractor – Nick Travieso (1:4), Toolsy Die-Cut – Joey Gallo (1:20)

Summary: Another beautiful refractor, a shame they only exist for the prospects. A Toolsy Die-Cut card in this one, and I need to take a minute on this insert, mostly to avoid tearing the card to shreds trying to get it into a penny sleeve. In their infinite wisdom, Bowman has made this card have 4 sharp corners down the left side of the card, making it a nightmare to get into a sleeve without splitting a corner. Also, the die-cutting on this card is pretty wonky, very reminiscent of the 90s when die-cuts were going crazy. I think I’ll put this in with the gold-parallel and just say it’s not a great card design or a particularly interesting insert subset, needs a rework for next year.

Pack 2.7:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Alex Guerrero (RC), Tony Sanchez (RC)

Prospect Base Cards: Tyler Glasnow, Dorssys Paulion

Summary: Commons pack, but such nice cards to look at that I don’t mind.

Pack 2.8:
Veteran/Rookie Base Cards: Oscar Taveras (RC)

Prospect Base Cards: Christian Arroyo, Jake Barrett

Inserts/Parallels: Gold Parallel – Matt Moore (1:5)

Summary: Another of the ugly gold parallels, but a nice Taveras RC to add to my collection… pretty sure that guy is gonna be a staple for STL for years to come.

 

Overall Summary: In review, you can expect one insert/parallel per pack, several packs even had multiple. The “hit” ratio is pretty scarce on the blaster boxes, obviously my pull here wasn’t great. But I’ve now bought 6 blaster boxes of this product and have gotten 3 autos, no relics, so they are fairly scarce in this format, and even the hobby boxes look to be scarce in auto/relic cards. Another interesting note on these is that they are going to be VERY hard to keep in good condition. The foil runs straight to the edge of the card on the front, and the black-ish backs are equally fragile and as such both are easy to flake off. Just putting them in penny sleeves can be disastrous if you hurry. This means that Mint graded versions of these cards will likely have a super premium. Lastly, in looking at my piles of cards, I can see that it’s a pretty even split between rookies/veterans, prospects, and inserts/parallels. So you can expect about even mixes of each.
Overall Recommendation: Very solid collectors set, a beautiful one for set builders. I expect a strong trading market for the parallels, and an ok resale market, though there are only a few “super premium” cards that will attract the high end chasers.
Overall Grade: A-

And that is that folks. Two blaster boxes of Bowman Platinum and a box of Panini Prizm. Let me know what you thought of this format, do’s and don’ts for my next column, and any feedback you may have on breaks of these sets.

Happy Hunting!

Zistle goes to the National

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The Zistle team will be at the National this year and we couldn’t be more excited.

If any Zistlers are going to be there we would love to meet you in person. We will be cruising the floor on Wednesday night and Thursday all day.

We are also planning a get-together after the show on Thursday night. If you are interested in attending, check out the details.

We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the day. If you have trouble finding us, send us a message on twitter if you want to meet somewhere on the floor.

We can’t wait!

Forum Improvements: Markdown, Emoji and BB Codes

We’ve made some improvements to the forum by implementing markdown with BBCode and Emoji support. Oh yeah – EMOJIS!

Markdown

Zistle now supports markdown in the forum. Markdown is a popular text to HTML tool that is used on many popular websites to help format text for web publishing. It allows some pretty sophisticated formatting options without requiring any HTML writing. However, It is completely OK if you are not that familiar with markdown or don’t want to spend time learning the syntax. Our text editor buttons will give you the shortcuts automatically and of course, plain text will work just fine.

BBCode

We will also have BBCode support which is particularly helpful for inserting images into forum posts.

The text that you enter may look a little strange but there will be a preview space before your post so you can see what your post will look like.

ForumPostPreview

Images will not display in the preview panel – so don’t worry if your image does not appear in the preview pane. It will appear in your post and look Oh So Awesome.

Forum_Post_With_Image

Since you can edit your posts on Zistle, if you have an issue or make a mistake, you can always edit it after publishing.

EMOJI

Emoji Compilation

We’ve also added emoji support – because – well because why not?! Can anyone truly express themselves without these lovely little icons? Here is an Emoji Cheat Sheet for you to peruse while deciding what truly expresses your mood today.

 

 

Automatically add all duplicates to your Tradelist

We are excited to announce that it is now possible to automatically add all duplicates to your tradelist on Zistle. If you enable this feature, Zistle will add any duplicates currently in your collection to your Tradelist. In addition, anytime you add more than one card to your collection in the future, it will automatically be added to your Tradelist.

This feature is located in settings > trading.

Add dupes to tradelist

You can stop adding all dupes at anytime. However, this will not remove any cards from your tradelist, so please enable this feature with caution.

 

Trading Cards Online: More accurate tradelists including condition and grading

We’re happy to announce some improvements to our online trading system. We’ve added the condition and graded information to all trade proposals. In addition, we’ve made tradelists more functional by allowing you to designate the exact cards that you wish to trade. This should make trading cards online with Zistle more accurate and enable some exciting features in the future.

This is a continuation of the recent improvements to allow condition tracking, adding grading information to cards as well as keeping notes for separate items.

Adding individual cards to your tradelist will work the same as it does now. With one click, you will be able to add those cards to your tradelist. However, if you have more than one card, you will be prompted to indicate exactly which items are are available for trade.

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For example, if you have three of the same card in your collection but you decide that you want to just trade one, not only can you specify that information, now you can choose the exact item that you wish to trade.

When trading, each card will now be listed as an individual line item rather than having a quantity. So if you have more than one of the same item for trade, it will be listed twice.

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Grading and condition information will now appear in the trade explorer and trade proposal flow. If a member has not indicated the condition, you can always ask about it in the message. This is a fairly new feature so it this will be common at first.

Please double check existing trades for accuracy

This is a significant change from our previous system so it is possible that existing trades may need to be adjusted. If you have active trade proposals, please make sure that your trades appear accurate and make any adjustments before completing the trade.

Trade only duplicates coming soon!

What is really exciting is that this change in our trading platform will allow us to deliver one of our most requested features: the ability to trade all duplicates. With one click, you will be able to mark all of your duplicate items for trade – Look for this update soon!

If you want to edit this information right away, you can go to collection, select “cards on my tradelist” and edit your trading information in list view by selecting the trade icon. However, we plan on releasing this feature very soon.

Stats Update: Contributor Weekly Leaders for April

Just a quick post to thank our awesome contributors who continue their awesome work with building the Zistle Library.

A big thanks to hofmichael who has taken the top spot over the last few weeks. In addition, if you haven’t already be sure to say hi to some of our newer members including Biminy, seal006themakreriktheviking01TradingCards4every1clutchcity52, and cherrypicker22.

Weekly Leaders for April 7th to Apr 13th

  1. bdlehman18 – 765,108 points
  2. buckstorecards – 286,245 points
  3. LatentMoths – 271,775 points
  4. hofmichael – 205,528 points
  5. Summertopp – 136,333 points
  6. Chinmusic – 118,975 points
  7. kolektorz – 82,650 points
  8. Rosenort – 65,031 points
  9. cubbyblue34 – 64,804 points
  10. d3x – 46,102 points
  11. jkirst – 28,641 points
  12. chonk34 – 26,866 points
  13. kazi – 26,391 points
  14. BucCollector – 25,954 points
  15. CardMarkets – 24,045 points
  16. tprivitor – 22,100 points
  17. dswanjr – 21,464 points
  18. 1carddawg – 10,927 points
  19. AUTaxMan – 10,429 points
  20. yntatny – 8,326 points

Weekly Leaders from April 14th to April 20th

  1. hofmichael – 919,000 points
  2. buckstorecards – 248,496 points
  3. bdlehman18 – 212,020 points
  4. 1ranger1 – 192,360 points
  5. dswanjr – 112,871 point
  6. Chinmusic – 106,825 points
  7. cubbyblue34 – 62,252 points
  8. Rosenort – 41,938 points
  9. Biminy – 41,794 points
  10. chonk34 – 33,555 points
  11. yntatny – 27,774 points
  12. mkaz80 – 26,639 points
  13. d3x – 24,400 points
  14. seal006 – 23,858 points
  15. clutchcity52 – 21,140 points
  16. bjbernier78 – 19,987 points
  17. BucCollector – 16,740 points
  18. underdogcollector – 15,090 points
  19. 1carddawg – 13,951 points
  20. jesse22 – 11,259 points

Weekly Leaders from April 21st to April 27th

  1. hofmichael – 1,077,700 points
  2. LatentMoths – 557,476 points
  3. dswanjr – 539,551 points
  4. 1ranger1 – 258,679 points
  5. bjbernier78 – 220,406 points
  6. TradingCards4every1 – 138,063 points
  7. cubbyblue34 – 82,827 points
  8. Chinmusic – 75,275 points
  9. Rosenort – 70,115 points
  10. buckstorecards – 50,248 points
  11. themakr – 49,693 points
  12. eriktheviking01 – 48,105 points
  13. jkirst – 45,934 points
  14. BucCollector – 42,485 points
  15. d3x – 36,826 points
  16. clutchcity52 – 30,639 points
  17. kazi – 25,691 points
  18. Biminy – 21,148 points
  19. mkaz80 – 12,736 points
  20. bdlehman18 – 11,257 points
  21. corockies – 10,980 points

Weekly Leaders from April 28th to May 4th

  1. hofmichael – 572,250 points
  2. dswanjr – 302,620 points
  3. LatentMoths – 229,933 points
  4. tprivitor – 192,975 points
  5. 1ranger1 – 126,554 points
  6. Chinmusic – 120,265 points
  7. cubbyblue34 – 114,650 points
  8. Rosenort – 102,912 points
  9. TradingCards4every1 – 80,949 points
  10. themakr – 70,858 points
  11. clutchcity52 – 64,501 points
  12. BucCollector – 59,537 points
  13. yntatny – 50,901 points
  14. bdlehman18 – 47,767 points
  15. eriktheviking01 – 40,268 points
  16. buckstorecards – 28,385 points
  17. Biminy – 26,651 points
  18. cherrypicker22 – 19,988 points
  19. mkaz80 – 19,765 points
  20. d3x – 15,400 points

Collection Management Made Easier: Preview Images in List View

We are excited to announce that we’ve added preview images to list view in Zistle Collect. Having images makes it easier to categorize cards quickly as well as help identify which items in your collection don’t have an image.

As we add more capabilities to our collection management tool, we have had to alter some of the functionality available in the gallery view. List view is really the view for making bulk changes and for editing your collection quickly. However, many of you have told us that images are very central to how you organize your collection and being able to see them quickly is an important aspect of Zistle. So we decided to add a preview image to list view to help make your organizing tasks easier.

Updates to List View in Zistle Collect

 While it is a small change we hope that it will have a big impact in helping you organize your collection more effectively.

Thanks for your support while we continue to improve Zistle’s collection management tools to make it even easier to organize your collection online.

Stats Update: Contributor Weekly Leaders

Hey everyone. We want to say a very belated but very sincere thank you to all of our amazing contributors.

Here are the weekly leaders from the past few weeks. Thanks to everyone for their amazing support, knowledge and dedication to the site.

March 31st – April 6th

  1. buckstorecards - 770,343 points
  2. dswanjr - 336,584 points
  3. hofmichael - 238,925 points
  4. LatentMoths - 221,843 points
  5. BucCollector - 133,215 points
  6. Chinmusic - 119,608 points
  7. CardMarkets - 103,224 points
  8. cubbyblue34 - 95,300 points
  9. tprivitor - 78,975 points
  10. Daddiopops4 - 44,223 points
  11. Rosenort - 23,916 points
  12. d3x - 22,235 points
  13. bdlehman18 - 21,964 points
  14. jesse22 - 10,440 points
  15. kazi - 7,854 points
  16. corockies - 7,655 points
  17. AUTaxMan - 7,347 points
  18. Cubsfan23 - 6,732 points
  19. 1carddawg - 6,291 points
  20. jkirst - 5,885 points

March 24th – March 30th

  1. buckstorecards - 425,920 points
  2. dswanjr - 339,726 points
  3. LatentMoths - 257,125 points
  4. hofmichael - 169,401 points
  5. Chinmusic - 131,413 points
  6. cubbyblue34 - 125,025 points
  7. bdlehman18 - 50,304 points
  8. BucCollector - 50,045 points
  9. AUTaxMan - 44,145 points
  10. chonk34 - 30,127 points
  11. Rosenort - 18,149 points
  12. hiflew - 17,048 points
  13. geddescol - 16,725 points
  14. jkirst - 14,501 points
  15. RedCardboard - 14,200 points
  16. DarkTiger29 - 9,719 points
  17. somethingcreative - 7,729 points
  18. corockies - 7,729 points
  19. Once a Cub - 6,297 points
  20. cebartz - 4,772 points

March 17th  - March 23rd

  1. dswanjr - 776,556 points
  2. FJNo31 - 456,650 points
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Improved collection tools: track card condition, graded info and individual notes.

We’re excited to announce some new collection tools. These tools allow Zistle members to track graded information and card condition for all cards in their collection. Tracking this information is important to many collectors who are looking to trade, sell, or just keep accurate records of their collections. This is the first step of many new features which will increase the amount of collection data you are able to track using Zistle’s collection tools.

Add card condition and grading information to card in your collection

To add grade information to any card in your collection, simply select the card notes icon in list view.

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A modal window will appear with fields to enter the card condition, who the card was graded by and what grade it received.

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If you have multiple cards, you can add this information for each individual card. In addition, you can now save a unique note for each individual card.

For now, this information will just be accessible in collection. In the coming weeks, we will be integrating this information into the trading tool as well as in reports and analytics for Zistle Gold Members.

Deleting cards with notes and additional information

To ensure that your collection data is accurate, you will now have the option of which items you wish to delete from your collection.

Removing items

If you are adding or removing cards that contain card graded information or notes, you will be prompted before deleting to select which items you want removed. If the card that you are removing has no such information, you will not be prompted and we will simply reduce the number of cards in your collection by 1.

It is not possible to bulk remove items that have notes or other information added to them. If you attempt to bulk remove these items, they will simply not be removed and you will receive a warning notification. However, you will still be able to bulk remove items without this information.

Looking ahead – Trading information for Individual Cards

In addition to integrating card grades, condition and notes throughout the Zistle experience, we will also be able to add more tracking capabilities on individual cards. One of the more exciting features is the ability to specify the specific cards you wish to trade. This will enable features such as only adding duplicate cards to your tradelist as well as removing the correct cards from your collection once you complete a trade.

If you have any questions about this feature or need help, contact us at [email protected]