Beckett is main price guide that collectors use. Beckett use to have a separate
price guide for each sport, but have just changed their monthly guide to a
combined sports format. It's now called Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can usually pick up a
Beckett at your local sports card shop or subscribe to it on the Beckett web
site. Beckett publishes a variety of price guides these days, but the most
popular guides are the monthly guides and the "Plus" guides.
The "Plus" guides contain more
pricing info for a larger number of cards than the regular monthly guide. The
regular monthly guide seems to have more articles about the hobby and topics of
interest. Beckett also will occasionally publish a specialty guides for things
such as sports memorabilia. Beckett publishes annual price
guides that you will likely find at any larger book store. They've just
published their premiere issue of the Ultimate Rookie Card Encyclopedia. Every
sport, every player, every rookie card!
In addition to their printed price
guides, Beckett also has an online price guide that you can subscribe to. If
you'd like to learn more about any of the products that Beckett has to offer you
can do so on the Beckett site.
Tuffstuff Magazine is another monthly sports card magazine and is published by Kruase.
TuffStuff is usually available at your local sports card shop or large book
store. You can also subscribe to it via the Tuffstuff website. The TuffStuff guide is an all sports in one type of guide, so you may not get the depth
of information you would in a sports specific guide. However, an all sports in
one guide, is nice when you have an interest in more than one sport! Tuffstuff has good articles that any sports card collector will enjoy.
As with Beckett, Tuffstuff also has
an online price guide. You have to be a subscriber to their magazine or
at least have a single copy in order to access their full online price guide.
They do let you view their archived (the ones not in the magazine) price guide
listings for free.
Sports Collectors Digest
Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) has been published for the past 30 years by
Krause. The Digest covers all aspects of sports memorabilia collecting including
sports cards, equipment, autographs and uniforms.
This magazine is the trade magazine for the sports card industry. This
publication is geared towards sports card dealers and professionals and is chalk
full of really good information about what's happening in the industry.
If you'd like to learn more about
Tuffstuff, Sports Collectors Digest, and CardTrade you can do so at Krause
Sports Market Report (SMR)
If you're thing is collecting graded sports cards and other sports memorabilia,
you'll want to check out SMR. The publication also has some online accessibility
as well. Sports Market Report is published by the folks at Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).
Learn more about Sports
Real world Price Guides
What's your baseball card really worth? How much has someone just spent on that
sports card you're wondering about? You may want to take a look at price
guide subscription services that are based on Ebay Sales and other major online auction
sites and retailers such as Beckett and Naxcom. Many collectors have long
thought that it would make sense to have a "real world" price guide; one that
bases prices on what cards are actually selling for and not based on what it
hypothetically "should" sell for. Some companies are purchasing Ebay market/data
licenses and can use that license to obtain this type of information. The final
sales price of a particular card is kept up to date, so that only the most
recent prices are reflected. The information obtained is based only on auctions
that have been completed, not on listing prices or "buy it now" listings.
If you'd like to learn more
check out cardpricer.com and vintagecardprices.com.
If your researching
prices of football cards, basketball cards, and golf cards from the 1990's to
now, you might want to have a look at moderncardguide.com. This new subscription
service manually researches completed auctions of selected cards from those
Sportslizard.com offers a sports collectibles and sports cards live price guide.
Find prices on any sports card or collectible that's actively being sold. They are offering the ability
to find prices on any sports card or collectible that's actively being sold
on eBay, Naxcom, Beckett's marketplace, and hundreds of other sites.
Free and premium ($4.99 per month) subscriptions are available.