Friday, August 30, 2013

Baseball Card Scans Eliminate Surprises: Dean’s Cards Baseball Card News

by Dean Hanley
Founder and Owner, Dean's Cards

As a long-time baseball card collector, I know how disappointing it can be to buy a baseball card or baseball card set expecting it to be at a certain grade – and then be disappointed when the actual card or set arrives and it is a far lower grade than you expected.

At Dean’s Cards, we try to eliminate surprises by providing scans of the ACTUAL CARDS we sell throughout our site. The policy I put in place is pretty easy to understand – “What you see is what you get!” The high quality scans show any imperfections on the front and back of each baseball card. All vintage cards in our inventory are sleeved and identified with a serial number so we can make sure we send you the actual card you have reviewed and then purchased online.

Our in-house grading team reviews all cards and follows the same standards as PSA as we custom-build Complete Sets, Near Complete Sets, Starter Sets, and Team Sets by hand. But we go one step further by considering the “eye appeal” of a card into the grade we assign. The video below shows an in-house grading  training session to give you a feel for how meticulous our grading process is.

But we also have gone one step further to add value to your baseball card purchases from Dean’s Cards. You can access ACTUAL IMAGES of any vintage card you purchase from Dean’s Cards by scanning the "QR Code" on the sleeve of your baseball card with a smart phone or tablet.

The QR Code is our first step in developing proprietary card collecting software, so you can organize your collections, and view images and vital statistics of the cards in your collection. Our goal is to bring all the advantages of technology to you to help easily share your cards with others and view your cards easily on your smart device.

Bringing Baseball Card Collecting into the 21st Century

Before we introduced QR code tracking, we only had the stock images for the vintage baseball cards listed online, but now each and every vintage baseball card has been professionally graded and is accompanied by a full front and back scan. And for your high end baseball cards, you can use the scans to help insure your collection.
Front and back scans show imperfections so "What you see is what you get!"
As we continue to add more features to the QR scan technology, we will share the news through our website, this blog, email newsletter, Google+Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Our goal at Dean's Cards is to provide you with a simple, cost effective and enjoyable way to build your collections. We’re excited about the technological advancements we have made for you and look forward to continue adding value to your purchases from Dean’s Cards.

How to View Baseball Card Images on

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 investment in advanced technology because we want to take the guesswork out of your baseball card purchase. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our products and our service to you, please contact Dean’s Cards here.

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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