We all check the value on some of our better cards or ones that we are curious of what they could possibly be. I know myself, I have checked mine numerous times before. But where to these values come from? Well Beckett is the only one I know of.

How do these values get made though? I have no idea, and I think most people wouldn’t know how this is figured out either. So, the thing here is we rely on a book with prices on it. We have become almost suckered into believing whatever this book prints in it.

I know if I don’t think there is something right with the card I’ve checked the value and have been shocked at some of the things I’ve discovered. Such as a 2002 Bowman card of David Wright that I assumed was 20 or 40 cents was a rookie card that booked at $30 dollars! Or a 2006-07 Finest Redemption Green Refractor of Kevin Durant that I thought was $50-$80 was $160!

The moral of that is we think we know it all when it comes to estimating the prices, but in reality we have no clue because Beckett will always seem to make us think about it a little harder than we did. The negative part of these high values on sports cards is that there is a lot of money hungry people in this world who will do anything to make a couple of dollars.

Examples of this are scammers on eBay who will sell fake items, damaged items or those who do not telling the truth about their items. We see A LOT of fake patches on eBay and also fake autographs and such. There is also another way people are making their money though and that’s by stealing.

Lately, it seems that there are more news stories than ever about people robbing hobby stores and only some actually get away with, but it’s still occurring. I have had my cards stolen before, but not from a stranger rather my own family. So how safe are we if our own family will steal from us just to make a little bit more money than they already have or don’t have?

Some people are beginning to question whether we should take eBay values and consider that as the value on a card or if it should just be whatever somebody is willing to give up for the specific item.

The conclusion is that we probably will never know the “true” value of a card, but we will just have to take the word of a company that we have relied on so much before. Would it be better though for no values on cards, so no one would be able to have the value? They’d just know what they see on eBay which is always different every time. Maybe we’ll find out and maybe we won’t.