When I first heard that Beckett had started it’s own blog I thought it was the coolest thing around. After all, I had just gotten back into the hobby and had just created Wax Heaven (called Canseco Completist back then). Every day I would check out their blog to see what new content had been added and it was obvious that they were the most-visited card blog around (100K views in 3 months). One day they decided to photograph a huge stack of Wayne Gretzky rookie cards which appeared to be carelessly thrown on a table and all hell broke loose. I never imagined so many collectors would be up in arms over it but to me, I just couldn’t relate because I would never have a card graded by Beckett or anyone else. To me, grading is a complete scam but that’s A subject that has already been covered by guest writer Greg Armentrout.
This time around Beckett is in deep you-know-what over a video box break in which they pulled some seriously sick cards including an autograph 1/1. For me, someone who loves video box breaks…I have not watched one of their videos since they opened a few of the $400 per pack Sports Kings. It seems that they open mostly high-end stuff that has very little appeal to a thrifty collector like myself. So as you can imagine, I missed this video plus it’s football so no thanks! Well, after those pulls people began accusing Beckett of getting “special” boxes straight from Upper Deck. The theory is that if we the collectors see what two random boxes can hold, we’d all go out and buy this overpriced product. Personally, I don’t know if they are in cahoots with Upper Deck or not but I will hope for the best.
The thing that drives me mad is that the same angry, rant-filled collectors that are bitching to Beckett in their blog and message board are the same people who are first in line when Beckett offers something for free. For example, last month Beckett offered master subscriptions of their magazine and like a bunch of sheep, close to 350 people took a chance. The same goes for a hobby limerick they asked collectors to write.
So here is a Wax Heaven poll for all the readers who visit this site. Who, if anyone is at fault?
A. Beckett & Upper Deck are partners in crime
B. Beckett received 2 “hot boxes” from U.D without knowledge
C. The pulls were nothing but crazy luck captured on camera
D. I don’t care if they drink the blood of baby kittens just as long as I can score some FREE stuff!