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Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008 at 11:29 AM
Brandon Cacek  (Login bcacek)

Net 54 Members,

Beckett Media is reaching out to your community to offer a complimentary issue of our Graded Card Investor magazine with a Net 54 “Member Only” subscription offer to the first 500 people that respond to the link at the bottom of this letter.

Thanks to Leon for allowing us the opportunity to showcase what we feel is a magazine that can provide great entertainment and information to all card collectors.

Beckett GCI is a bi-monthly, multi-sport magazine that covers the market for professionally graded baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey and racing cards from 1887 to present.

With more than 130 pages of pricing, Beckett Graded Card Investor offers the most comprehensive package of market information available in print. Up to six columns of pricing (in the conditions applicable to the material) is provided for each listing. All major sources for transactions, including eBay and the big auction houses, are closely monitored and reported in detail.

Rather than attempt to provide theoretical values for particularly scarce material, GCI utilizes a unique combination of column-based grid pricing (for more widely available material) with historical sales references (for rarities). Each issue, the grid pricing is reviewed and updated and the historical sales references are appended to provide the reader with the finest source of information available in print.

GCI also digs deep into the world of commons and minor stars to report the cards with low populations within the major grading company census reports with values that defy their potentially overlooked status.

Now approaching its sixth issue, scheduled to release the first week of June, the staff at GCI is hard at work adding a six-page section for the burgeoning area of vintage Non-Sport cards. In particular, we’ll be focusing on the sets from 1933 to 1985 that are most commonly submitted for professional grading including 1933 Indian Gum, 1938 Horrors of War, 1952 Look ‘n See, 1959 Three Stooges, 1962 Civil War News and 1962 Mars Attacks.

Issue No. 6 will also include a cover feature on the early cards of Mickey Mantle. Population data, in-depth pricing, distribution information and full color images will be provided for 22 of The Mick’s mainstream and regional issues released between 1951 and 1956.

The editorial package for past issues of GCI has included interview with industry heavyweights like Robert Lifson of Robert Edward Auctions and Doug Allen of Mastro Auctions in addition to big names in the grading field including Joe Orlando of PSA and Sean Skeffington of SGC. Contributing authors have included Lyman Hardeman of Old Cardboard penning articles on the E107 set and the M101-4 and M101-5 Babe Ruth Rookie Cards. Our own staff, each issue, provides a review of the top selling cards of the past two months for baseball, basketball, football and hockey in addition to in-depth articles crunching the numbers on popular sets like ’54-55 Topps hockey and 1971 Topps baseball. Even newer cards are covered with in-depth pricing information on BGS Pristine cards and the slew of red-hot up-and-comers across all of the major sports.

It’s our goal to continue growing by reaching out to all of the collecting communities that compose our beloved hobby. We hope you enjoy the complimentary issue of Beckett Graded Card Investor and we look forward to your feedback.

The Net 54 boards are a treasure trove of riches when it comes to the knowledge and expertise available from the community. Many of you set the benchmark for what there is to know about the sets and cards you collect. GCI and its staff can benefit greatly from your feedback and suggestions. I’ll be available on these boards to review any questions or comments and take in suggestions for stories and/or pricing input.


Grant Sandground
Editor and Senior Market Analyst
Beckett Graded Card Investor

Please click the link below for your free copy of Beckett’s Graded Card Investor:

If you have any questions regarding this, or any other Beckett Publications please feel free to shoot us an email, or post to this board.


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(Premier Login leonl)
Network 54 Moderator


May 14 2008, 11:39 AM 

Hey guys and girls (Net54'ers),
I have been discussing this for a while with the Beckett folks. I have read all of their GCI magazines and their Elite magazine (recently). They have some good articles in them too. There is very good actual data in print from real sales and they seem to be doing a nice job. A few esoteric prices were off (had all T204 HOF'ers very closely priced...which we know Plank and Burkett will sell higher, Johnson was already priced higher of course). They are looking for feedback so when you get your copy and peruse it, let them know what you think. Thanks again (to them) for their hospitality in showing me their full operations. I even met their CEO yesterday. I have done a few walk thrus at their facility in the last month and it's really a fairly big operation. It's the real deal. ....... regards


(Login hrbaker)

Is it Me?

May 14 2008, 12:16 PM 

When I tried to subscribe the buttons for which type of subscription you want were grayed out and would not take input. So when I went to complete there was no order. Tried a few times and cleared my cache as well.


(Login MSW1)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:19 PM 

Jeff - same here; I completed the order anyway, as I'm guessing that is the desired behavior - the options was only to select US or Canada, which you specify anyway when you give them your address.

Scott Sarian
(Login scooter729)

same here

May 14 2008, 12:23 PM 

It wouldn't let me submit my information for the free offer, just like Jeff said above.

I would certainly like to check out an issue though!


(Login E93)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:26 PM 

I tried to go for the free issue, but there was no option for it.

Brandon Cacek
(Login bcacek)

Sorry for the glitch

May 14 2008, 12:30 PM 

Hello everyone, and thank you for trying to get a free copy. I just went through the process and everything should work out for you. All you should have to do is select "bill me later" and you will make it through.

Please let me know if you continue to have any problems, and thanks again for trying us out.


Todd C
(Login deadballera)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:31 PM 

I tried too and got the same error message....


(Login E93)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:36 PM 

Made it all the way through to the end, then repeatedly got:

"Error #: 2051954"


andy becker
(Login andybecker)

a little help

May 14 2008, 12:41 PM 

i'd like the back issues and the freebie, but i cannot fully load my shipping address and your website is requesting a credit card (which will be fine for the back issues and any subscription going forward).
is there a ph# i can call or can someone from your office email.

thanks in advance!
andy becker

btw, i did the "bill me later" and that didn't work either.....

This message has been edited by andybecker on May 14, 2008 12:44 PM

(Login Jewish-collector)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:42 PM 

I love that price !!!

Fred Y
(Login GoldenAge50s)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 12:50 PM 

Same error here--definitely needs a tweak somewhere!

Jim Dale
(Login netjr)

same error

May 14 2008, 1:02 PM 

nice offer...but it doesn't seem to want to take...maybe 500 others beat me too it


(Premier Login leonl)
Network 54 Moderator

Hey Guys

May 14 2008, 1:05 PM 

Sorry for snafu....I am sure it will get worked out quickly. Hang in there....The magazine is a pretty good read....

(Login crbatt)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 1:05 PM 

Appreciate the offer! But received the same message: Error #: 2051954

(Login t206wagner)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 1:16 PM 

Just checked it out and it appears to be working now.

Brandon Cacek
(Login bcacek)

Everything is working now

May 14 2008, 1:19 PM 

I am so sorry that this didn't work out as well as i had hoped. Everything should be fixed now. Please let me know if you have any problems, and thanks for your patience.

(Login ZachWheat)


May 14 2008, 1:19 PM 

It worked fine for me.....


Todd C
(Login deadballera)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 1:25 PM 

It works be billed later at $24.99

Steve Dawson
(Login SteveDawson)

Re: Beckett's Graded Card Investor - Free Copy

May 14 2008, 1:37 PM 

Yup...I just submitted my information and it worked perfectly!


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