Latest News & Updates
How to Feed Trading Cards to a Robot
When it comes to making a product, perfection can never be achieved. All we can do is make improvements which continue to narrow the gap between theoretical perfection and reality. To this end, our Engineering Team has been hard at work developing a new and improved card feeding system!
The Great Refactoring
Having scalable, maintainable code is of vital importance to any software-based business. Thus, when a company’s legacy code was written by a monkey with no formal training in software development, there must eventually be a reckoning!
100 Million Cards PhyzBatched
As of today, our collective fleet of PhyzBatch-9000 card sorting robots have processed more than 100-million cards. That’s 200 tons of cards, equivalent to 30 adult male African elephants!
Conventions and Expos and Fairs, Oh My!
The TCG Machines Team attended our first ever convention last month, and now we are gearing up for the next one!
Our Robots Can Read!
Literacy is important, so we taught our machines how to read! This new ability opens the door to lots of exciting new features.
Production models of the PhyzBatch-9000 card sorting machine first shipped out in June 2022, and today we deployed our 100th machine!
Lists, Lists, Baby!
2022 is over and Santa has put his naughty-nice list away for the year, but here at TCG Machines we’re just getting started with lists!
Running a Business Be Like...
Running a business is difficult enough without any “extra” challenges thrown in. This past month, TCG Machines has been hit with a double-whammy of regulatory compliance updates and an audit by the Canada Revenue Agency. Buckle up, ‘cause things are about to get ranty.
Production is Hard
We stand on the shoulders of giants, yet seem destined to make their same giant missteps! Production of the PhyzBatch-9000 automatic card sorter is in full swing, and we are learning many important lessons the hard way.
With our first production machines now rolling out the door, customers who have been patiently waiting for months are getting their first taste of the PhyzBatch-9000 card sorter.
The $50,000 Sticker
There is so much that goes into the development of a product, most of which is unknown to the end user. One of these myriad elements is product testing; while necessary for ensuring conformity to safety and regulatory standards, it’s freakin’ expensive!
World Records and Elephant Seals
With production now underway for the PhyzBatch-9000 card sorter, we take a look at some of the impressive milestones achieved with our Beta Trial machines.
Meaningful and Inclusive - Renaming "master" Branch to "main"
Since June 2020, many companies have begun making the switch in Git, deleting the "master" branch in favor of "main". I wanted to take a closer look at why.
Advanced Sort Mode
An “Advanced Sort Mode” or “Lot Creation Tool” has long been the most highly requested software feature from our customers. As of this week, we have delivered that functionality!
The Never Ending Story
In spite of a global pandemic, supply chain crisis, staff shortages, disruptions to childcare, and other fun challenges, production of the PhyzBatch-9000 card sorting bot is underway!
Meet the Team - Lisa
Meet our new Operations Manager, Lisa, and help her learn how to play TCG's.
The Rise of Trading Cards
Published in the 1860s as a worthless piece of cardboard, nobody could have imagined that trading cards would come such a long way. Nowadays, in 2021, trading cards have grown into a multi-million dollar market, in which a single card can be worth up to $1,000,000! However, the future of these little rectangular playing cards is still a mystery to us all.
Pokémon – Gotta Sort 'Em All
The PhyzBatch-9000 card sorting machine is now officially a Pokémon card sorter!
Card Sorter Commercialization
Ensuring our automatic card sorter conforms to emissions standards may not be sexy or exciting, but it was an important step forward down the commercialization pathway.
If You Build It...
Exactly one month into our launch and we have already blown past our production quota! The reception from the LGS community has been unreal, and now come the challenges of production, scaling, and delivery.
After years of development, we are beyond excited to officially introduce our robotic card sorter to the world: the PhyzBatch-9000 trading card sorting machine!
Missing Magic: Grieving the Gathering
When your primary social outlet was playing cards with your friends, the absence of both from your life leaves a rather large void.
Automation: Less Work, More Fun?
With increasing automation of labour, what does the future look like for humanity? Perhaps there will be a lot more time for fun and games!
Trends in Trading Card Collecting: from MLB to McDonalds
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing worldwide economic recessions, trends in trading card collectibles are looking strong in 2021.