According to a few sources, it appears that Beckett only employs one analyst per sport. This boggles my mind. What this means to me, and maybe I’ve put way too much thought in to it, is that one guy decides the value of cards, which in turn, effects the selling prices of all cards. Singles all the way up to hobby boxes and cases. One guy.
I decided to ask if this was true on the Beckett boards. I asked for someone who knew for sure how many people were responsible for following the markets. What I got was a big argument. I got the response that if I thought I could do better, why didn’t I. This was their whole argument. That if we couldn’t do better, we shouldn’t complain about how bad their guide is. I’ve decided to take on that argument and do some market research. I want to start small. I figure I’ll see how hard it is to follow three cards for a couple months and report their value based on my research. I will not look at a price guide of any kind during this period. I still need to come up with a formula for my final price. When I do, I will do my best to try and explain how I came up with the numbers.
I need help from you the reader, even if it is just two of you. I need three random cards to follow in the different markets. I’ll take suggestions in the comment section and compile a final list for a poll. After I figure all this out I will report my findings. I’m hoping to come up with a method that requires little time and can be updated regularly. I also welcome any ideas or thoughts on what would be a better way to accurately set a value for our cards. I know they’re worth something, right?
Anyways here’s a random card of a guy named Pumpsie to look at.