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 time 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.
Beckett Media now 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, 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:
Beckett Business Solutions 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 Auction Services is a full service auction house featuring monthly online auctions, the Goodwin & Co. online auction house, an eBay consignment service and much more. The auctions include sports, non-sports, and gaming cards and memorabilia, with a focus on high-grade modern/vintage cards as well as low print-run modern cards and sports memorabilia.
Beckett Media has entered the digital frontier by launching digital magazine subscriptions and the Beckett App. Beckett digital magazines are now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Kindle. The Beckett App is available through the App Store and Google Play.
BECKETT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR THE NEW AND EXPERIENCED COLLECTOR
ONLINE PRICE GUIDE
The Beckett Online Price Guide is the “Most Reliable Pricing Resource Online,” providing instant access to millions of sports, non-sports, and gaming card listings. The database features an exhaustive supply of pricing and checklists.
Beckett’s pricing team constantly analyzes card values and trends, and provides timely pricing to assist customers in their efforts to buy, sell, or put a value on their collections. The price guide database contains information on cards from professional leagues 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, serial number, team name, and print run (when provided by manufacturer) as well as a multitude of card attributes including designations for rookie cards, memorabilia cards and autograph cards.
And now collectors can instantly view their Online Price Guide through the Beckett App. Access is free with their Online Price Guide subscription.
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. In addition to the sports magazines, Beckett publishes many non-sport titles: Rock&Gem, COINage, Non-Sport Update, and many special interest magazines.
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 was 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 AUTHENTICATON SERVICES
Beckett Authentication Services was established in November of 2016 to provide an autograph authentication service that will be the most trusted and respected in this industry. Led by the two top autograph authenticators in the world, Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero bring their years of autograph experience to form the newest member to the Beckett team. BAS is now accepting submissions through the mail or in person at one of the many events they will attend each year.
The Beckett Registry is the Beckett graded card collector’s showcase. Organizing cards in this online registry is easy and becomes a display for you to show off your collection to other collectors all over the world.
The Beckett Marketplace is a one-stop online shop for all collecting needs with an inventory of more than 30 million sports, non-sports, and gaming cards and collectibles from dealers nationwide. The Beckett Marketplace offers an assortment of collectibles such as rookie cards, memorabilia cards, and autograph cards as well as boxes and collecting supplies.
The easiest way to find collectibles you WANT! Through the power of Beckett Organize, quickly and easily match your collection needs and overages to other collectors who are buying, selling, and trading. Communicate through the website and complete your collection.
BECKETT LOYALTY CLUB
Introducing the Beckett Loyalty Club, a new program from Beckett to reward our members. By signing up for the Beckett Loyalty Club, you can earn points for using Beckett services and products, as well as receiving extra points on special days, such as your birthday and Beckett anniversary. Use these points toward future Online Price Guide and Beckett Grading Services Club purchases.
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.
SPREADING OUR WINGS: The Era of Acquisition!
The Industry Summit
Beckett Media has acquired The Industry Summit, the ultimate trade event conference for sports collectible executives and insiders, from Wisconsin-based Isaacson Consulting Group, LLC. Summit founder Kevin Isaacson will continue to host the 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.
Non-Sport update is a leading magazine for collectors of non-sport trading cards (cards that focus on movies, television, sci-fi, comics, music, etc.-anything other than sports). The magazine is published bi-monthly and is filled with features and departments focusing on the latest trading card releases, promotional cards, online happenings, and vintage cards. It comes with a 32-page price guide list with values for the most popular card series from the 1880s through today.