Thursday, January 22, 2009

How does one scan baseball cards?

As you can see from my previous post, I take pictures with a digital camera of cards on a table. I notice many other blogs seem to scan their cards directly. I tried this with my camera and got these beautiful images:

Does anyone know how to get rid of these purple dots, or am I stuck with them? If anyone can solve this problem, I'll send them 50 cards of the team of their choice. Otherwise, you're stuck with my inexpert photography. :)


  1. Did you use a flat scanner or use the camera for those? If you used a scanner you can tweak the settings to get rid of the dots. Camera, I don't really know...

  2. Do you know what settings to tweak? My scanner is a Brother and a pretty cheap one so it may not have the right settings.


  3. A lot of it has to do with the DPI of your scanner. DPI is Dots-per-inch, and the higher the better, even if you plan to shrink the image down for posting. Are you able to set the DPI of your scanner? If so, try increasing the DPI. I that is not an option, you may want to consider getting a new scanner. Of course, there are some cards that aren't going to scan well regardless, and a digital camera ends up being the best choice. Another idea might be to make sure and scan multiple cards at once, even if you really only want the one. You would then crop the card you want to save after the fact.