Beckett will launch a new guide for graded and modern vintage cards later this month, aimed at keeping up with the volume of sales.
Beckett Media will launch a multi-sport price guide of vintage and modern graded sports cards by the end of the month. The new publication will be published four times per year and is aimed at providing more accurate and current information than what is currently found in annuals.
The first issue of Beckett’s Graded Card Investor and Price Guide will focus on the mainstream and classic sets from 1887-present, with what it calls "exhaustive coverage" on all of the major issues. The guide will include sales notes on cards that will be edited and updated every issue.
“Instead of trying to price cards with populations of only a few copies, an impossible task most often resulting in ‘fantasy listings’, we’ll provide readers with a detailed history of confirmed sales on these treasured rarities including the source, month and year of sale,” said Grant Sandground, Beckett Media’s Technical Director of Hobby Development. “Our readers and collectors have been asking us to focus our expertise into this market and we are excited to be delivering such a comprehensive product.”
“We will not only price and examine the sales of more cards, but we’ll expand the listings of key modern era graded cards. Our range will encompass everything from NmMt to Gem Mint including minor league cards,” added Sandground.
In addition to the 140+ page multi-sport price guide, each issue will feature an in-depth look at a key set or a key superstar and take a thorough review into the nuances of which specific cards are tough or easy in top condition. Beckett experts will take those findings and augment them with population report research, archival sales data, future trend estimates, feedback and notes from Beckett Grading Service graders.
Future issues of this quarterly publication will expand coverage into such regional sets as Red Man tobacco, Red Hearts as well as popular peripheral Topps issues like 1955 Double Header and the run of inserts from the mid-1960’s.