Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dean’s Cards Introduces Advanced Card Search Options

By Dean Hanley
Founder and Owner, Dean’s Cards

Since I began Dean's Cards in 2001, my goal has always been to provide fellow collectors with a simple, cost effective and enjoyable way to build their collections. That’s why I’m proud to introduce a new advanced website search feature that will make it even easier for you to find the cards you need for your collection.

We are now completing a project to assign “Specialty Codes” to our inventory of more than 1.5 million cards. So you can now go to the Search Box on the top of every page of our site and search for specific types of cards for all sports by their Specialty Code. (Please note that the Specialty Code project is ongoing so you may see some cards that have not been coded yet.)

For example, let’s say you wanted to find Hank Aaron’s rookie card. You would just enter “Hank Aaron RK” in the search box and click search, as you see here:

You would then get the following result showing all of his rookie cards available in our inventory:

Then you just click on Hank Aaron’s name to see scans of the actual cards so you can choose the card in condition and price range you want, as you see here:

We have added the following Specialty Codes to make searching through our inventory even easier:
CL – Checklist Card
CO – Coaches Card
IA – In Action Card
DP – Double Print Card
HL – Highlights Card
HOF – Hall of Fame Card
LG – League Leaders Card
MG  –  Managers
MP – Multi-Player Card
PF  –  Playoffs
RB –  Record Breakers
RK – Rookie Card
SP – Short Print Card
TM – Team Card
WS – World Series Card

Here is an example of a Multi-Player (MP) card and how we would code the card internally:

And here is an example of a World Series (WS) card and how we coded the card internally:

As you can see, you can not only search by the Specialty Code, but also by the actual title of the card and the name of the players on each card. And thanks to the custom programming of our site by our in-house development team, you will instantly see the results of your search displayed on your screen – and all of these features are compatible with the latest mobile devices, as well.

As you search for cards on our site, you will see actual images of the cards in our inventory. When you click on the images, you will see enlarged scans of the front and back of each card. This feature allows you to inspect and compare the condition of each card before you make your purchase.

Dean's Cards has made this continual investment in advanced technology because we want to take the guesswork out of your purchase. When you buy a vintage card from Dean's Cards, "What you see is what you get!"

Dean Hanley, founder and owner of, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog. Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards.

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