Beckett is apparently pretty serious about this auction stuff.
Once known primarily as a source for pricing information and checklists, the company made an announcement late Thursday that probably caught a lot of long-time hobby watchers by surprise. Beckett has purchased long-time auction outlet Goodwin & Company out of St. Louis.
Company president Bill Goodwin will join the Beckett management team under what’s being called a ‘long term agreement’.
Goodwin & Co. has been one of the hobby’s longest tenured auction companies, having launched 15 years ago, but Bill Goodwin has been a familiar face at major sports card shows and in the pages of hobby publications since the 1980s. Goodwin has sold more than $100 million in sports cards in his career according to Beckett,and also served as co-host of the 1995 National Convention.
“Partnering with Beckett Media’s focused leadership team is an incredible next step,’’ Goodwin said in a news release posted on Beckett’s website. “The Beckett team’s energy and aggressiveness will help Goodwin & Co. expand the vintage sports card business — beginning with our January 2015 auction.’’
Beckett will apparently keep Goodwin’s well-known name, indicating that the first “Goodwin & Co. auction powered by Beckett” will open for bidding in late-January when it offers the usual array of high-grade vintage cards including a Babe Ruth rookie card, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and vintage sets.
Goodwin will continue operating his company branded auction but also work with collectors on consignments for Beckett’s monthly auctions of current era cards.