I have been collecting trading cards for well over 20 years and since I can remember Beckett has been the price guide the majority of the hobby uses to find values for the cards. Recently Beckett has gone to a monthly all in one price guide. This means they no longer produce a separate price guide each month for every sport; rather they combined them into one. This has been both bad and good.
The first downside to this is the price. One issue costs $7.99. The single issues before were only $4.99. While this is an obvious cost savings for people who collect multiple sports, for anyone who only collect one sport like baseball it can be frustrating. The second negative is that since they include so much information from all sports, each month they have to leave out values for older cards or sets. This makes it really tough to find values for most cards in any sport that aren’t fairly new or extremely valuable.
The positives though are many. For anyone collecting multiples sports it is a savings. Also, the sections on reviews, previews, and hobby news are great. There are a lot of colored pages to let you see exactly what the products look like and the reviews help one make wiser choices as to what products to buy. I also like the fact that they include many less collected sports like racing cards, wrestling cards and golf. They give prices for trading cards, autographs and even some other collectibles like die cast or figurines. Finally, Beckett is the most recognized name in the hobby and they always have the newest products priced before any other magazine.
If you are a collector of trading cards than the Beckett Sports Card Monthly is something you should use. If you don’t actively collect but would still like to look up card values than I would suggest buying a Beckett Sports Card Annual or Monthly price guide which is sport specific and contains all major brands and many more years worth of sets.