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?

Open Letter (Idea) to CheckOutMyCards (COMC)

I’ve had these thoughts for quite some time. CheckOutMyCards has been a valuable asset to the hobby and is a great change in pace compared other sites out there to buy and sell cards. It reaches a huge audience and provides them one of the best opportunities to buy and sell sports cards and other items.

But why stop at buying and selling? Why not get back to what sports cards was all about? The trading. Sadly, I don’t have the direct contact information for Tim Getsch over at COMC. At least, I don’t think I do. So here is my open letter to CheckOutMyCards.

Tim,

Has COMC ever thought about including a trade option to the website? In 2011, Topps had a fabulous promotion where you unlocked cards and were able to trade them with other users without physically having the card themselves. I thought that was a fantastic idea even before that creation and would make a great website or business.

Sadly, I do not have the resources to create such a venture, nor the experience with software programming. But I do love the hobby. I think a trade function on COMC, or a sister-site, would be a great addition to the hobby and would provide another source of income for the business. Charging to list cards and ship cards would continue, but you could also charge $0.XX amount per trade as well. Essentially you can do this now by agreeing to buy a card from someone else and having them a buy a card from you for the same price. Why not make it easier to trade? Buyers and sellers are going to naturally want to find a way to improve their inventory, and besides buying low, selling high, or buying additional cards outside of COMC, being able to trade with another user of the site would provide them that opportunity.

It also gets down to what the basics of trading cards were all about, trading. I’m not talking about revolutionizing one of the greatest buy/sell sites that has been created. I’m talking about one more dimension to the product that would not only bring in MORE users, but allow the current users to do more with their inventories. Just my two cents. I’d love to see that option added.

Sincerely,

SCB

Again, I’m not changing the wheel or anything here. But making it easier for collectors and people in the marketplace move their cards in an easier fashion. With their current infrastructure, how difficult can it be?

I would love to take all of my traders, send them to COMC, put a price on them in case others want to buy them, but also have the opportunity to trade for some cards I do collect and pay to have them sent back to me. It would be, hands down, the safest place on the internet to trade cards.

It’s worth a thought, isn’t it? What do you think?

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!

CheckOutMyCards.com Review (Buying)

Well I finally joined the rest of the trading card community and started buying some singles off of CheckOutMyCards.com. I saw a bunch of singles that I wanted on there and saw the shipping and thought, why not?

So I bought 21 cards off of there and had them shipped for just over $5 for shipping. That’s right, 21 cards for $5 shipping. If I bought those individually off of eBay, well just multiply 21 by about $2..or more.

I chose not to have any of them in toploaders and had them shipped that way, but was very surprised on the quality of shipping. I received all 21 cards in a large team bag with a toploaded card on each end. All cards arrived in perfect condition.

I guess I’ll start sharing some of my haul with the two game used jersey cards I picked up in the lot.

The first card I picked up was a 2010 Topps Update All-Star Stitches game used jersey card of Jon Lester. This one was a no-brainer as Jon Lester is my favorite baseball player. It’s also a no-brainer because you know exactly when the jersey was used, for the most part. I also love the design with the stars on the left.

The second card I picked up was a 2001 Private Stock Game Gear game used jersey card of Bill Romanowski. When I first started watching the NFL, my favorite team was always the team that Romo played for. Bill Romanowski went to Rockville High School, the same school as myself so I wanted to always cheer him on. You may have even seen me on camera in my Romanowski Broncos jersey. I will always be a huge Romanowski fan and I was happy to see him actually have a game used card. Now I need to find an autograph of him…

I’ll post some more cards when I get a chance, but this is a nice start.

For the record, I highly recommend CheckOutMyCards.com and have some $20 credits for first time sellers to give away, just let me know if you want one. (I should have more coming in soon) My next step is to try selling on there.