This November 2011 issue of Beckett Baseball has a lot to do with my decision to remain on board with the hobby full time through 2012. That's something I just can't deny. It's just filled with cardboardy goodness and you can actually hold it in your hands.
I'm not as much interested in the pricing as I was when I was younger, but I'm a huge fan of hard copies and good content and for that reason, I think Beckett's still got it. (I'm a guy that still likes to buy cd's, newspapers, magazines, dvd's and other tangible goods that seem to be becoming more and more intangible)
I understand that this post is probably going to be my least popular post of all time but feel it's important to share my view.
This was not written because of another great post written by Nick from Dime Boxes entitled Screw You, Book Value because I've had this one in the works for a while.
In terms of Beckett's pricing , they are offering a service like any other business. If I'm a collector that has little use for the internet and I wan't to know what some of my collection is worth then I'm probably going to pick up a Beckett at some point.
Even if I do use the internet and use things like ebay or COMC to gauge the value of my cards, the Beckett can provide an even quicker reference as you probably have it quite handy and readily available.
There are many parts of the sports card market that still have nothing to do with the internet.
For most of my own PC, pricing is not an issue. I'm not really concerned what the cards listed below $20 are worth. However cards worth more than $20, it's good to know about.
If the monetary value of the cards do not matter then please trade me your T206 Honus Wagner for my 2011 Gypsy Queen Josh Thole. Ok, that's a little extreme I know and no one is saying that cards shouldn't be worth actual dollars but if Beckett isn't relevant anymore than why is it still there?
Why do I feel that them not being there anymore would be another "nail in the coffin" for the hobby?
I know the hobby isn't dying at all and is in fact growing in different areas....But if I'm a collector returning and big news companies were telling me that our hobby is dying and then started to do some research and learned that Beckett was gone too, I probably would really believe the hobby was in fact dying,
I'm not so much surprised when I hear of many collector's unanimous dismissal of Beckett. It is, what it is, but I'm still a fan. I just don't understand the general malaise towards Beckett Media. If someone could please enlighten me on the subject, I would be grateful because I think I missed something somewhere.
Why does the card industry need Beckett?
Do you think Beckett is going away anytime soon?
Are you a fan of any of Becketts publications/website?
Where do you stand on the subject?
If we are all in this together, is Beckett still our undisputed King and leader of the Cardboard Army?
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