Beckett Media has been the voice of the collectibles industry from the time Dr. James Beckett published his first Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide book in 1979 to the launch of the first issue of Beckett Baseball magazine five years later. In the 30 years since that rather simplistic first issue of Beckett Baseball, the magazine – and the company itself – has grown in significant proportions, similar to the very field it covers.
Under the guidance of Dr. Beckett, the company mastered the print medium, expanded Price Guide titles to other sports and other genres, introduced web commerce as a viable means of trade and instituted Grading as an important segment of the company portfolio.
Now, on the 30th Anniversary of that first magazine launch, Beckett Media stands poised to continue the foundation first laid down by Dr. Beckett – one of integrity, commitment and accuracy. In doing so, Beckett Media will proudly move the Beckett brand forward through an exciting future, all the while continuing to serve its current customers and attracting a new generation of collectors. Most importantly, Beckett Media will maintain the trust and excellence the company was built upon.
Beckett’s company statement is more than just words on a sign hanging in the office hallway. It’s a statement of our goal, and what our mission is each and every day:
"With over 30 years of serving as the most trusted resource for collectors, Beckett Media will continue to facilitate trade and lead the collectibles industry with dynamic products and services."
Beckett Media’s commitment hasn’t wavered in 30 years, and now there is even more Beckett Media emphasis on staying ahead of the curve, remaining versatile and maintaining flexibility to continue adding and expanding in a market in flux. The company continues to offer innovative products and first-class service to customers. It’s what the Beckett name was built on.
To demonstrate the ability to lead the market while engaging customers in fresh new ways, Beckett Media has successfully launched new initiatives in new verticals over the past few months:
At the Industry Summit in March, Beckett Media introduced Beckett Business Solutions
which provides a B2B platform for small- and medium-sized hobby businesses, helping them upload their entire shop inventory to Beckett Marketplace and eBay in just a click of a few buttons. Beckett Media and eBay also joined in an exclusive partnership to promote the service while jointly addressing the most basic challenges which a store owner would typically face.
Beckett Media launched Beckett Auctions Services, a full service auction house featuring monthly online auctions, an eBay consignment service and much more. The auctions include sports cards, non-sports cards, memorabilia and more, with a focus on high-grade modern/vintage cards as well as low print-run modern cards and sports memorabilia.
Beckett Media has entered into the Sports Fantasy World by acquiring the assets of www.wpsfantasy.com, and is working on integration of this platform and making it scalable for growing web traffic while merging it with existing online assets to make it ready for a rollout soon.
Beckett Media has entered the Digital frontier by launching Digital Magazine Subscription and Beckett Mobile for Online Price Guides. Beckett Magazines are now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Kindle. And now users can instantly subscribe to favorite Beckett Online Price Guide in a single tap and enjoy browsing the Price Guide anytime, anywhere.
An Insight into what Beckett has in store for the collectors
ONLINE PRICE GUIDE
The Beckett Online Price Guide is the “Most Reliable Pricing Resource Online,” providing instant access to millions of sports card listings. The database features an exhaustive supply of pricing and checklists.
Beckett’s pricing team constantly analyze card values, trends and provides timely pricing to assist customers in their efforts to buy or sell. The Beckett Media database contains information on cards from professional and their associated minor leagues, colleges, team issues, foreign sets, food issues, draft pick sets, Team USA and more. Each card in our database is accurately cataloged to include brand, manufacturer and print run (when provided by manufacturer) as well as a multitude of sports card attributes including designations for rookie cards, memorabilia cards and autograph cards.
Beckett Media is the premier publisher of monthly sports collectibles magazines and specialty market collectible platforms in the U.S. and is considered the world's most trusted source in collecting. Magazines include engaging content that offers timely insights into new products and cards that are attracting interest on the secondary market. Beckett Media is also a leading publisher of a line of successful sports card Price Guide books and annuals. Apart from the sports magazines, Beckett Card Gamer has become the latest subscription-based title.
Organize is the world’s most complete online collecting tool and enables collectors to accurately document their collection, trade items with other members, download checklists and more. Beckett Media customers find endless value in this organizing tool which enables them to easily maintain and track their inventories.
Beckett Grading Services – or as commonly known, BGS - has emerged as the most-recognized name in the industry for its objective card grading services. It has been named the Best Grading Service six consecutive years by Card Trade readers. Beckett Vintage Grading, or BVG as it is called, was introduced in 2001 and is the only grading service committed exclusively to vintage cards. A new addition to the line is the Beckett Grading Services Club, a new value-packed grading club that provides collectors value. The new BGS Club offers four levels of membership allowing an opportunity for every budget.
Beckett Marketplace is a one-stop online shop for all collecting needs with an inventory of more than 30 million sports cards and collectibles from dealers nationwide. The Beckett Marketplace offers an assortment of collectibles such as Rookie Cards, memorabilia cards, autograph cards and other sports-related items.
BECKETT COIN COLLECTOR
Collectors can now price, organize, trade, buy, and soon sell U.S. coins on Beckett.com. The database available to collectors includes over 20,000 U.S. coins ranging from 1793 to the present.
Beckett Fanshop brings a wide variety of sports licensed collectibles offering a large selection of top quality products and the best brands to all the sports fans around the globe. From top leagues like the NFL and MLB, Beckett Fanshop has a large collection of items to cheer favorite teams.
SPREADING OUR WINGS: The Era of Acquisition!
Beckett Media has acquired “Industry Summit,” the ultimate trade event for sports collectible executives and insiders, from Wisconsin-based Isaacson Consulting Group, LLC. Summit founder Kevin Isaacson will continue to host the March 2015 Summit and additional events under a newly-formed Beckett Conference division. In addition to hosting the Summit, Isaacson will also serve Beckett as an Executive Consultant, supporting the company’s growth initiatives for Beckett Business Solutions and additional product lines.
COINage and Rock & Gem
Beckett Media recently acquired industry-leading COINage and Rock & Gem publications from Trimbach Media. Beckett’s rich experience and strategic focus on the publication community has helped in serving the current readership and expand the offerings to reach out to new audiences by keeping the core interests of the hobby subscribers in mind while offering them unparalleled service.