How the pandemic-fueled Pokemon hobby led the South Jersey father-son to create a card-collecting app – CBS Philly
HADDONFIELD, NJ (CBS) — Sports card collectors can hit a home run with a new app. They can instantly know the value of their collection. It’s like going to a card parlor on their phone.
The Greek philosopher Plato is believed to be responsible for the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Well, in Haddonfield, a pandemic-fueled Pokemon hobby could lead to the next big app.
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Ten-year-old Charlie Mann is the one who started collecting Pokémon cards during the pandemic, but he soon ran into a problem.
“So my dad and I were having a really hard time figuring out the card prices,” Charlie said.
Enter the coolest dad ever, Ted Mann.
“I’ve spent the last 10 years of my career running companies, all in the area of image recognition and visual search,” Ted said. “And so it turns out the technology works extraordinarily well for trading cards.”
So they created an app.
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You take a picture of the card – front and back – and the current average price appears. You can then add the card to your CollX collection and you’re done.
“Charlie definitely gets all the credit for the idea,” Ted said. “We call him a co-founder because he really had the inspiration. He was the one who had the ah-ah moments and said, ‘Dad, you know how to do this.’ »
In two months of going online, the application already has more than 30,000 users who can follow and interact with each other.
“He can find baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer and we’re working on Pokémon right now,” Charlie said.
The business side of things isn’t the best part of the story for Ted.
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“It’s really special to be able to start a business that you can do with your family,” Ted said, “and it’s been a particularly great bonding experience with my two sons, really.”