website gives hobby hope

Yes, I like the movie…
I post this for those sure the
hobby will never be like it used to.
Keep looking. Hope remains!

I guess I’m a groundhog looking for signs of spring.

For me, one ray of sunshine came last week on If you are new to the hobby, make this one of your first stops. The $14.99 yearly membership is a bargain in so many ways. The knowledge will pay you back again and again.
One bonus from the website was a member, “byamrcn,” culling signing data for the top 200 baseball names on the website. 
Sure, SCN offers a feature in which you can look up a particular name. What is that retiree’s signing habits? How many total attempts TTM have been logged? How many responses were received?
While you can look up an individual, other hobbyists may be looking for a bit of hope before mailing that letter. Maybe, that collector, especially beginners, want to deal with high-percentage responders. Classmates might elect that former athlete “guy most likely to sign an autograph.” Sure enough, you can choose which autograph “horse” to bet on, finding guys who have responded anywhere from 90 to 100 percent of the time.
Well, as I looked at this list, my jaw dropped. Member “byamrcn” explained on the site forum about how he used Excel worksheets to compile and organize data. He does NOT collect baseball autographs. He’s doing this public service for others in the hobby.
Hobbyists helping each other. It still happens. 

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