iTaggit.com Helps Collectors Manage Baseball Cards, From Hank Aaron to Barry Bonds

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Bonds breaks homerun record, card trading accelerates; valuations likely to increase.

With Barry Bonds breaking the home run record last night, active trading will likely accelerate. Austin-based iTaggit.com is just the site to help manage a collector’s Bonds cards, as well as all others. iTaggit (http://www.itaggit.com), a site designed for personal asset management and social collecting, already houses hundreds of sports memorabilia collectibles. Managing card ownership, trading, and monitoring valuations is always a time intensive process for active collectors. Sixteen different Bonds rookie cards and valuations that shift as quickly as public sentiment around the player add a new level of complication to the fast changing collectors’ landscape.

The iTaggit site allows a collector – whether of baseball cards, sports memorabilia, classic cars, or designer vinyl toys – to easily input an entire collection online, manage and organize items, and engage with other iTaggit members. Whether showcasing a collection or actively trading, iTaggit helps baseball collectors who are, today, trying to navigate huge variations in Barry Bonds cards. Best of all, iTaggit gives members the tools to price and value items.

“We are not at all surprised sports memorabilia, and specifically baseball cards, quickly became one of our largest and fastest growing communities,” said David Altounian, CEO, iTaggit. “Particularly this season it has been so interesting to watch the activity around Barry Bonds’ cards and other memorabilia. We fully expect this to continue far beyond #756.”

A big part of the complication is that Bonds has 16 different rookie cards, most from his 1987 season, as well as a couple from 1986. Though most started at a $15 value, today there are huge variations in values, depending on maker (Topps, Fleer, Donruss) and actual card. There have also been large price variations over the course of the player’s 20 years in MLB, never more so than this and last season.

In contrast, another record breaker, Cal Ripken, Jr., had a $50 valuation on his 1982 rookie season, and average value topped out at about $80 around his 1998 record break. Ripken cards once again trade at about $50. Whether Bonds card’s values will also increase by 60 percent now that he’s tied the record remains to be seen. But the collecting and trading of baseball cards - Bonds, Ripken, Aaron, and every other player - will remain as much a national pastime as baseball itself. And iTaggit will continue to provide these collectors a valuable personal asset manager and online community.

More about the iTaggit site:

  •     Easy to use image management and uploading tools.
  •     Excel Importer for members to import inventory spreadsheets into iTaggit as individual items.
  •     Category-specific member blogs allow users to directly post new entries, chronicling their collecting experiences and offering up advice on niche-specific topics.
  •     Members who want to link back to their iTaggit profiles, from emails and sites such as MySpace, can place new iTaggit profile badges anywhere they have an online presence.
  •     AJAX 1.0 updated framework with improved speed, usability, and functionality.
  •     Social tagging so people browsing items can add favorites to Del.icio.us or Digg.
  •     Record exporter tool enables members to automatically export items and save them for use with different applications.

About iTaggit
iTaggit is a web-based item management information system that provides “the place for every thing” by securely storing and organizing information, enabling research, and building communities based on individuals and collections of items. This essential online environment allows our user community to maximize the value and enjoyment of their stuff. iTaggit was founded in 2006 in Austin, Texas. For more information visit http://www.itaggit.com

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