Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Online Price Guides - a look at the alternatives sportslizard.com
Even if we have no interest in selling our collections most collectors like to have some idea of the value of our cherished items. Traditional price guides are great - we like to read the articles (however sparse!) and traders often agree to trade items based on
book price - often opting to use to the Beckett price guides.
Collectors also have no desire to overpay for their items so again we check price guides to get some idea of the typical selling price for items. Traditional print price guides are often not always accurate in this regard - and I find myself checking completed auctions on Ebay and other auction sites to gather info. Ebay only allows users access to completed auction results for a short period of time. This is where a website like sportslizard.com starts to shine.
This website allows users to search completed auction results from around the internet for pricing info for free. There is also a premium user option (for a fee) which allows you to store your complete collection and track its value over time. Below is an example search query and result for a 1986 Patrick Roy card. I will be reviewing other similar sites in the near future. Till next time.