While much of sports card pricing and information has moved online, there’s something about holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages that appeals to many collectors. If nothing else, it brings home the staggering number of cards that have been issued over the years. Somehow, Beckett manages to make sense of it all with its annual price guide. Collectors looking for a new edition or those with cards they’ve dug out of the closet now have the latest reference tool. The Beckett price guide for baseball cards is back for its 34th edition.
Officially named the 2012 Beckett Annual Baseball Card Price Guide, the book features a vintage Nolan Ryan photo on the cover. The book is again a whopper, weighing more than two pounds and including 816 pages of pricing information and, more importantly to many, complete checklists for thousands of sets. There are also tips for buying and selling and other reference material inside.
The Beckett Price Guide features pricing information on baseball cards from 1887 through 2011.
It’s the second annual guide to be released since the start of the new year. Beckett also released its basketball card price guide annual last month.
While the more popular cards can often be tracked via eBay’s completed items for up to the minute pricing, the annual provides information for sets that are obscure and/or rarely on the market. The guide is available from a variety of sellers–and at a variety of prices– on Amazon.com.