Cardscore is the world’s first crowdsourced card grading (scoring) platform! For the first time ever, sports card collectors have a chance to take part in the card grading process.
Cards are submitted to Cardscore, which can then be viewed and scored – our term for graded – by the collector community. Cardscore provides a specific metric to the often used descriptions people give their cards of “looks nicer”, “nice”, “undergraded”, “great eye appeal”, etc. It is not a replacement for professional grading, instead it adds an additional perspective – from the collector community – to a card that has already been professionally graded.
This scoring process can be done by using our web application from a computer, tablet or phone. Individual collectors score on the same criteria that professional firms do – corners, edges, centering, and surface. After a card has been scored by over 100 collectors, any scores that are extreme outliers are removed and a final score is given.
We have developed patent pending technology that allows for a card to be scanned at 1200dpi and is then available to be viewed in our app within seconds. The quality of the image was one of our top priorities when creating Cardscore. You can see great detail on the card and easily zoom to the level needed to fully access the card.
The scan is never available on a user’s device locally. It’s sent directly to our server which prevents the possibility for the image to be manipulated. The device we use to connect the scanner to our app is called a ‘scorekey.’ It’s currently only available to a small number of collectors for our initial projects, but will soon be available for the larger collector community to use as well.
We kicked things off with The Jordan Project where collectors were able to score eight different Michael Jordan rookie cards that were all professionally graded an 8. One of the most interesting outcomes was that an SGC card was the overall winner, and placed above other Jordans that had been professionally graded by PSA (even beating a PSA 8.5) and Beckett.
Evaluating outcomes like this are one of the main reasons that Cardscore was created, as well as questions like:
- Would the grade given on a particular card be the same if it was submitted to a different professional grading service?
- How can two cards that look so different be given the same grade?
- Should eye appeal factor into the grading process more?
- Would collectors give cards the same grade that the professionals are giving them?
A goal of Cardscore is to put questions like these and many others to the test. It’s also meant to be an enjoyable new experience for people that love this hobby. We are thrilled with the feedback we’re receiving so far. 93% of people who participated in The Jordan Project and took a survey after, enjoyed it so much that they said they would participate in other Cardscore projects in the future.
Next, we are launching The True Mantle Rookie Project, where collectors will score 30 different 1951 Bowman Mantles. They have been graded by various professional grading services and have different grades, so it will be interesting to see how this compares to the crowdsourced grading after it’s finalized.
Cardscore is paying the top 50 scorers each $50 for this project. Although scoring is supposed to be enjoyable and a service to the hobby, there will be some additional opportunities like this moving forward to help compensate scorers for their time.
The future plan for Cardscore depends on how collectors are enjoying it and whether the community believes it adds value. We believe allowing 100+ collectors to score important cards adds perspective to the hobby in addition to the professional grade. We have a lot of great things in store that we’ll be rolling out in a short time, and we hope you’ll join us on this exciting new journey!
Because after all, Collectors Know Best!