You guys know how I feel about Beckett (Sucks) but in watching the Fox News report and seeing this picture, it really made me stop and think. When my co-workers over the years have learned that I collect, and write about The Hobby, 7 times out of 10, they'll say one of two things;
1) I used to collect too before things got so crazy with all the different brands.
2) I used to collect before I realized my cards aren't worth what I thought they were.
Response #2 specifically, bodes the question, "How did you determine the perceived value of your cards and what do you mean they aren't worth what you thought they were?"
Invariably, this conversation then turns into a dialogue about REAL Value vs Book Value. Many times I actually feel really bad for these people because you can tell at one time they really enjoyed The Hobby. Unfortunately for YEARS, Beckett has lied to the hardcore and casual collector about what their cards are really worth and those inaccuracies are still felt today with book value traders, Craigslist Idiots and the "I used to collect"-ors.
We have all been that kid in the picture, at one time or another, wondering what our precious cardboard keepsakes are "worth". How disappointed will HE be one day when he learns the truth about the REAL value of that card he is holding?
Think he'll stay with The Hobby when he finds out?