Did Beckett Just Commit Suicide?

For years, Beckett has been on the decline in terms of their place in the sports card marketplace. Informed collectors have continuously displayed their displeasure for the former giant in the sports card collectibles marketplace. The constant complaints on accurate pricing and inflated card prices have made them an illegitimate source in many collectors’ eyes.

Recently, one of the newer dogs on the block, Check Out My Cards (or COMC) has had a deal with Beckett to utilize their Beckett values on their website for pricing on cards. Since COMC was founded, these prices were embedded into the product at COMC. However, with the new year beginning, Beckett has decided to terminate their agreement with COMC. COMC will no longer be allowed to utilize Beckett’s pricing on their website. With it, comes the response from COMC.

The one thing I have learned since my interview with managers at COMC is that you don’t back them down into a corner. They will find a way to rebound while under Tim’s leadership and his abilities behind a keyboard. His response, if done correctly (and I firmly believe it will be), can revolutionize the industry and shift the collectibles marketplace toward a real-time, data driven industry. If Tim is able to bring in pricing data from not only COMC but other online retailers (such as eBay) this could be the next big thing. Others have had the idea but never had the abilities or resources to put it into place. Tim and his team are the people who can make it a reality.

With that said, does this spell the end of Beckett unless they are able to change and adapt to the very industry that has kept them alive all of these years?

More COMC Pickups – Sparkly!

I love sparkly cards. Maybe I have an underlying diagnosis of….oooh pretty.

So here are some sparkly cards that I picked up from COMC in my last shipment to my house.

The first card is of a dynamic Red Sox slugger that is new to Bean-Town. Oh so sparkly! And Red Sox colors too!

The second is another Red Sox, but again, another of my favorite player, Jon Lester! This one is sparkly and was only found in redemption packs from Topps Series I.

I had another sparkly card, but it was die-cut, so it has got to wait until I show off a couple of the die-cut cards I grabbed. Until next time!

2011 Black Friday Sports Card Deals

Looking for the 2012 Black Friday list? Click here.

Black Friday is coming upon us and as always, collectors look forward to the several deals that could be found by the online hobby shops. Why wait for Cyber Monday when Black Friday is earlier and you can sit at home and order your sports cards from these guys? These are listed in alphabetical order.

Atlanta Sports Cards (www.atlantasportscards.com)

Atlanta Sports Cards will be running several promotions on Black Friday. They will have their best prices of the year on pretty much every product in stock. Everything will be on sale. They will also be running around 50 Buy It Now boxes on eBay for very low price. Finally, there will be about 10 cases on 1-day auction to end Friday evening. Make sure you check these guys out.

Blowout Cards (www.blowoutcards.com)

Blowout Cards hugely successful Black Friday promotion is back again and possibly bigger than ever. There will be 100s of products on sale for up to 80% off, or more! Blowout’s annual phone-in contests for free one-year subscriptions to a Beckett magazine of their choice will also return. Get involved over at Blowout as there will also be fun contests and promotions all day long for free boxes of product! They are starting their promotion at 6am EST, so it looks like it will be another great success. As per my recommendation and experience, don’t give up if they experience server problems as there will be a ton of people getting in on these deals. They should definitely be on your list of places to visit.

CheckOutMyCards (www.checkoutmycards.com)

CheckOutMyCards will be having a shipping special for those who are less of gamblers and want to purchase some singles. Saving on shipping will save you a ton of money if you are purchasing a large number of singles or even just a few. You may even also find a few dealers on there holding a sale of their inventories.

Dave & Adam’s Card World (www.dacw.com)

Dave & Adam’s Card World also has an extremely successful Black Friday promotion that will be returning this year. With over 100 sports and gaming boxes at amazing deals, you can find a wide variety of product on sale this year. They will be making even more products available at these low prices compared to last year in order to satisfy more customers. DACW is also working on a deal with UPS to get these boxes and cases shipped in 3 business days with no additional cost to the buyer (lower 48 US buyers only). Oh, and some top secret details and promotions that even Adam himself won’t tell me, so make sure you check them out.

Onyx Authenticated (www.onyxauthenticated.com)

Onyx is having a number of deals on authentic baseball memorabilia and autographs of some of their top talent signed who do signings and sell game used memorabilia. Make sure you email sales@onyxauthenticated.com to get the deal information before anyone else on Black Friday.

Pittsburgh Sports Wholesale (www.pghsportswholesale.com)

Pittsburgh Sports Wholesale will be having some Black Friday deals, but doesn’t have the details panned out yet. Check them out on Friday and see what they have going on.

Other companies I contacted that may or may not have deals going:

Cards Infinity (www.cardsinfinity.com)

Did I forget you? Send me an email with your information.