Cardscore, the world’s first crowdsourced card scoring (grading) platform recently launched, and thousands of collectors have already participated in the projects that we’ve run.
The first project we did was The Jordan Project. Collectors had the opportunity to score – our term for graded – eight different Michael Jordan rookie cards that had all been professionally graded an 8. Individual collectors scored them on four categories (corners, edges, centering, and surface) on a scale of 1-100. The average score was then calculated (after outliers were removed) to determine which Jordan rookie was the best. We then ran The True Mantle Rookie Project which allowed collectors to score 30 different 1951 Bowman Mantles.
So far, we’ve received great feedback from users via emails, surveys, and social media. Our platform allows users to score (grade) from anywhere using a phone, tablet or computer. Users love the ability to zoom in on the high resolution images to see the card in great detail, and the opportunity to put their card scoring (grading) skills to the test!
In addition to being an enjoyable experience and allowing collectors to get involved in the card grading process, Cardscore has some great use cases, and we wanted to address one of those today.
First, it’s important to understand that Cardscore is not meant to replace professional card grading services. In fact, at this time Cardscore only allows users to score cards that have already been professionally graded. So what’s the purpose?
How many times have you heard fellow collectors comparing two similarly graded cards and using terms like “great eye appeal”, “nicer”, and “undergraded” to describe why one card is better than the other?
Cardscore is a platform that allows us to provide a specific metric to these commonly used terms.
For example, when we ran The Jordan Project, hundreds of collectors took the time to score (grade) 8 different 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie cards. Each card was professionally graded and had received a score of an “8”, as well as one PSA card that had a grade of “8.5”.
After the project was finalized, scores on the eight cards ranged from 79-85, with an SGC 8 earning the top Cardscore at 85! It even beat the PSA that had been professionally graded an 8.5. You can view the full results HERE.
These results exemplify one of the reasons Cardscore was created. Each of these cards received the same professional grade, but the collectors who participated in this project helped settle the dispute on which card was superior.
When surveyed about the Jordan Project 87% of participants in the Jordan Project said that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the project, while 70% said they could submit their own cards for scoring in the future. When asked if they would take part in another Cardscore project, an incredible 93% of users said they would!
This new perspective from the crowdsourced collector point of view will finally help to provide answers to the discussions collectors have had for years. This is just the beginning, and we’re excited to continue to roll out new updates and ways for collectors to use our platform.