Beckett Announces Plans for 2021 National
Dear Beckett Customers and Collectors,
I hope this letter finds you well as the world tries to get back to pre-COVID days. Beckett has intentionally been quiet over the last few months. That is not because we’ve had nothing to say or no reason to be proud. We could have been bragging about keeping our services fully open to the public without a price increase. We should have been boastful about the increasing number of new employees we have hired from around the country. We could have shown videos of our massive growth in facilities/operations. Perhaps we should have commented on the numerous new companies that have popped up trying to imitate Beckett Grading Services but, instead, we kept our heads down and continued to grade cards with accuracy and the integrity that the industry expects and has come to know us for.
Let’s address the question that everyone has been asking…is the National going to happen this year and if it does, what will Beckett’s presence and offerings include? As you may or may not know, the National will take place as scheduled on July 28-Aug 1 in Rosemont, IL! This has always been the biggest and most attended show of the year and in 2021, we expect all aspects of this show to break attendance records! We are excited about this announcement. We are equally excited to announce that we plan to fully support this show, as we have for years. Specifics are still coming together, but please know that Beckett will be onsite for your card grading and autograph authentication services. Additionally, we will have our new Beckett Shield protective products on hand for purchase! Our products have been on the market for the last few months and have been a massive success in meeting demand when others are in short supply. More details will be announced in the coming weeks but please know, Beckett will once again be your one-stop shop to meet all your grading/authentication needs, to service your pricing needs, and now a place to grab your card sleeves/cases!
With this announcement, Beckett Grading will begin prepping for the show by making a few changes to our grading services. Our plan is to make these changes temporary as we prepare for the National and focus on the cards we’ve had in our vaults for way too long.
Starting June 7th:
Beckett will suspend all grading submissions other than our Premium Level. All orders that are submitted under the Express, Standard, and Economy level will be returned to the customer, ungraded. The reason behind this decision is simply to allow us to focus on the growing backlog we have and to get as many cards back to customers as possible, before the National. This is not ideal for anyone but something our competition has done. We now feel this is the right move for Beckett. Again, this is going to be temporary and something we believe will improve our availability for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.
Beckett will STRONGLY encourage/recommend all customers begin using our online submission form when submitting BGS or BAS orders. Using this platform will create a much more efficient order submission process. Conformations, updates, and moving cards through the system will also be positively affected and shorten the timeline.
It seems like yesterday Beckett and others in the collectibles world were in the midst of trying to figure out what havoc COVID-19 was going to have on our industry. No shows, card manufacturing shutdowns, problems getting supplies, and shops closing were just a few of the things many of us worried about and dealt with over the past 12+ months. Thankfully, it appears that many of those concerns/issues are subsiding and our market has flourished to levels we have never seen!
It is truly exciting to be involved in this industry and to see the growth we are all experiencing. We believe the best is yet to come! Continue to be safe and enjoy this great industry. We look forward to working with you in the future and seeing many of you at the National in a few weeks.
President, Beckett Collectibles