(03-19-2013 01:08 AM)aktlingit Wrote: Welcome back to collecting.
I think you are remembering incorrectly - pricing was usually 1-2 issues (i.e. months) behind a product being released. Also, full checklists aren't always made available until the product releases.
Pricing is based on real sales as reported by a select group of stores, successful eBay auctions, etc, etc. Since you can't have any of that data before the product is actually available you can't have pricing. You still can't have "accurate" pricing from day 1 because the data set is not large enough to reflect the real trend. The prices in stores/eBay tend to settle out over a few weeks so we typically see Beckett begin providing pricing 2-3 weeks after a product releases. Mind you I don't work for them and they don't guarantee any timeline - sometimes we see pricing faster, sometimes slower.
If you have online pricing you will have pricing available to you sooner than someone who relies only on the printed issues, sometimes by a week or so, sometimes by 5-6 weeks. So all in all, pricing is available much faster these days but there still has to be some delay for it to be of value and not skewed dramatically by anomalies.
And of course the obligatory, pricing provided by Beckett is a guide, not an actual set in stone value. If you can or want to get more for the card by all means try to do so.
Also for the most part you can get an idea of the base cards in a set just from looking at other similar sets. I mean many around here had an idea what a base Harper, base Jeter, or base Trout in 2013 Topps was gonna get priced at. Inserts can be tough to judge though so I feel your pain. I've been waiting for 2012-13 Panini basketball pricing to show up as I actually managed a couple of decent pulls and want to use them as trade bait to get more of my PC guys stuff.
(03-19-2013 07:25 AM)alfredoleal2001 Wrote: Great explanation, couldnt have said it any better!!
(08-06-2014 11:33 AM)jaykayzee Wrote: Don't confuse "not valuable" with "not collectible".
(03-19-2013 07:49 AM)jacobystealshome Wrote: it was a lot better than my "because they dont pull it from their butt" explanation. mine had brevity in its favor, however
(03-24-2013 02:00 AM)Jdub31981 Wrote: Uhhh. Yeaaah. At first I was thinking that a retard could explain it better than the good ol fashioned "cause they don't pull it from their butt".
But, you proved to be a little more intelligent than someone with a mental disability on the second sentence by displaying that huge vocabulary improvement with the word brevity in it. Good job! No more window licking for you anymore, your a big kid now!