It is certainly no great revelation that smartphones have forever changed the way we live. With applications that allow for increased productivity, easier time management, simpler navigation and social communication, your cell phone has most likely become as important to you when leaving the house as your keys and wallet. As mobile technology continues to develop, so do the possibilities for collector-specific apps.
Below is a basic guide to some of the apps that you as a collector, dealer, or both might benefit from. While some of them aren't entirely collector-specific, we'll show you how these other common applications can help you in your collecting endeavors.
Are there any impressive apps that you have come across? Let us know in the comments and be sure you mention the cost and key features.
Sports Card Collector's Guide to Mobile Apps
Business Sports Card Apps
This mobile application is designed specifically for the mobile user in mind. It has made it easier than ever to browse, buy, sell and manage your listings and account on the eBay marketplace.
With this application integrated into your eBay account, you can track and make payments, pay for items via PayPal and your linked credit card at card shows, float a fellow collector a loan for that must-have rookie SuperFractor autograph and more.
Developed by mobile solutions company GoCanvas, the app is described as, "A simple and customizable sales order form for any company selling (any type of) trading cards. This application tracks all details and basic buyer information, purchase order dates, type, quantity, price, and total payment, with all calculations done for the end-user."
Sports Card Pricing Apps
This application from the popular antiques and collectibles website is about much more than sports cards. However, Worthpoint's mobile app provides lots of information for sports card and memorabilia collectors.
Sports Card Collecting Communities Apps
The popular vintage focused site uses Tapatalk, one of the top mobile solutions for online communities. With the ability to use your Net54 account on the go, you can stay up on the latest message board chatter.
Obviously, not a collector-specific application but Twitter is still a great resource. It's an easy way to get the latest news and product information. It's also a great way to just chat with other collectors, nonetheless. All of the manufacturers are using the social networking tool to pass along information. By following them and subscribing to the hashtags #thehobby and #collect, you will receive relevant information in real-time.
Sports Cards Games and Novelties Apps
Topps now has many different apps for various sports and entertainment licenses. You can collect digital cards and trade with online friends.
Capture your favorite moments and turn them into digital baseball cards using vintage and retro designs.
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