Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beckett.com (Internet Trading Websites Part 3.)

Beckett.com is quite possibly the premier destination for sportscard enthusiasts in the world. Beckett's history in the hobby
dates back to 1984 with the publication of the first Beckett Baseball Card Monthly. Beckett maintains price guides for hockey, baseball, football, basketball, non-sports, mixed martial arts, and so on and so on.

Signing up for an account on the website is free and relatively simple. The website allows users to trade for free but does charge if you wish to sell your cards through their marketplace. Read the rules in the discussion group carefully. I almost got banned from the site by trying to publicize this blog!!!

There are two main ways to facilitate trades on their website, one is to post to their discussion groups (simply click on discuss in the main beckett banner). Currently the hockey discussion group
is the third most active discussion group behind baseball and football. People post wants and traders directly into the discussion board. Other users can reply directly to the thread or post a private message to you.

An alternative is to add your tradelist and wantlist to your "My Organize" section. This is relatively simple to do, just search for the card you have or need in the search box and then click the little "+" sign next to the search result. Cards can be organized in different collections and tagged as wants or needs. Other users can then search for a card they need and find it in your tradelist.

An additional advantage to this setup is the ability to have your collections priced automatically using the Beckett price guides. This option will cost you however. Subscriptions are available at about $5 per month per sport with discounts for longer term memberships and multiple sports.

Till next time folks, happy holidays!!

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