With the Topps x Fanatics news breaking (Fanatics acquiring the legacy brand for $500m, as reported by WSJ), the collectibles space shows no signs of slowing. And, as the collectible industry continues to heat up, industry tracker market Decipher estimates the collectibles market will expand to $522 billion by 2028 from $370 billion in 2020––and, sports card collectors are pulling out their old collections and dusting them off.
With collectibles such as sports memorabilia, Pokemon cards, and digital assets seeing their value skyrocket, as covered by Insider, many collectors are hoping that the future of card grading and value will innovate as well.
One driving force behind the collectible industry is the ever-growing artificial intelligence (AI) tech becoming mainstream. As AI technology rapidly develops, collectors are turning to technology-driven pre-grading and assessment services to help them make the most informed buying and selling decisions possible.
How Computer Vision is Leading The Collectible Revolution
In the past, collectors were at the mercy of long waits when it came to getting their cards graded. The process to have cards submitted for third-party grading services was and still is a complicated, slow and costly experience.
AI is changing that by leaps and bounds, with grading services now available for reasonable fees directly to collectors.
This accessibility has led to a new age of transparency in collecting: more and more people are turning to AI-driven grading and assessment services as an objective third-party source that can provide them with the instant quality assessment that dictates the value of their collection (as the quality of the collectible directly relates to the value).
Traditional card grading companies have taken note. The recent purchase of AI-tech company Genamint by grading giant Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) highlights the future of this technology. With Genamint’s computer vision software, PSA hopes to combine the power of traditional human grading with machine-vision based grading, helping to identify flaws and speed up their human graders.
How Due Dilly Is Revolutionizing Collectibles
Despite their best intentions, many traditional grading companies such as PSA have been slow to respond to the growing demand in the hobby. This has left many collectors frustrated, as they are eager to learn the potential value of their assets in a rising market.
Due Dilly picks up where others have not been able to deliver. Due Dilly is a startup looking to bring computer-vision tools to the mainstream. To help bridge the gap between physical collector cards and the high-value marketplace, Due Dilly has designed a system that allows collectors to score their cards with a click.
Using the power of machine-vision quality analysis, collectors can utilize the Due Dilly pre-grading system to get an objective score for their cards. This score is based on a variety of factors, including the surface, corner, centering and edge quality of the physical card.
The analysis is built on progressive software that analyzes visual data trained by manually tagging millions of cards for their corner, centering, edge and surface defects. An overall score is then assigned to the card based on a detailed letter scale comparable to the numerical grade that the industry is accustomed to.
Rather than mailing your cards off and being graded by a human grader, Due Dilly assesses your cards with the most advanced computer vision software in the industry allowing collectors to use their tools with mobile apps and a chrome extension. This allows collectors to get an instant assessment, takes out all subjectivity from the equation and creates a truly universal set of standards for card assessment.
Imagine being able to instantly assess your raw base cards, generate a report that provides the details and sell the card instantly in a liquid marketplace. That’s the power of Due Dilly. No more waiting months to get your slabbed cards back.
What’s more, the Due Dilly computer vision system gets better over time, with each submission helping to improve the accuracy of the tech.
Take Back The Hobby With Due Dilly
Collectors are now more than ever before open to computer vision thanks to the long backlogs, delays in getting back their cards from grading agencies and the increase in fees associated with grading agencies (for example, PSA’s standard submission process is now $100 per card up from $20 previously).
Traditional grading companies notice this trend but are too slow to adapt. Collectors expect the power of computer vision to meet the rising demand in the market.
Due Dilly’s impressive computer vision analysis has caught the eyes of leading product investors, including Dapper Labs, Red Beard Ventures, Tribe Capital, Animoca Brands, and many more. With a bright future ahead, it is clear that Due Dilly is leading the charge in the collectible revolution.
The future of collectibles is here––are you ready to join the movement? Card collectors can turn their hobby into a lucrative investment by using AI-driven grading and assessment services to help them make informed decisions. Services such as those offered by Due Dilly quickly become the industry standard, and collectors who don’t use them risk being left behind