........is my blog still here? Is Big Brother watching me? Have I been shut down yet?
When I started this hobby a couple months and many many posts ago, I nearly immediately signed up for Beckett Online (see how I did that? Everybody wins!) not so much for the ability to price my cards, but more for the pretty thorough product listings, meaning that all the sets, subsets, etc are all listed. For a beginner like myself, it made for a great reference to all the zillions of products I was trying out.
Last week I was meandering though blogs. I like going to blogs that I follow and then clicking on a link that they follow, and then another link that THAT person follows...it's like a six degrees to JD's Wild Cardz. Plus its a great way to stumble upon new trade partners! Anyways, there was a contraversy a-brewing about the merits of the pricing systems of Beckett vs Zistle. "What the heck is Zistle"? I asked myself and before I knew it I had signed up online.
Now keep in mind that I have only used Zistle for a very very brief amount of time, but here are my comparisons.
Beckett - Positives
- complete listings of any and all available products plus pricing (on most)
Beckett - Negatives
- New product pricing is most N/A for several months, keeping you guessing on the value of what you have got.
- Many products (even years back) dont have images available, so it makes it difficult to tell the difference between a green/gold/rust colored Masterpiece border (luckily I have the rust!)
- you have to pay for each type of card you collect??!?
- System crashes OFTEN
Zistle - Positives
- LOVE the search function. Many photos are tagged well, so I can quickly search through my cards by brand, year, status (rookie), name, etc. Pretty slick.
- Can search for ALL sports (in case I ever get the urge to fire up a WWE collection.
Zistle - Negatives
- Questionable pricing on SOME products - I know that pricing is really subjective and mostly meaningless. I mean if I were to offer up a couple of Brooks Robinson patches for a few Topps SP's, then it is really not about the book value of each, but rather the sedimental value attached to the products that should drive the trade. Each person wants something, you make good on your trade, and you call it a day! But that is neither here nor there.
Nevertheless, pricing does play a small role, at the very least it is there to make you feel good about something cool that you have. I get a bit concerned when I punch in my Babe Ruth Topps SP and its value is at .60 cents avg. On the other hand I punched in both my Jacoby and Dustin rookies and they are right about where they should be. So my guess is that the Ruth card has very little data to back up that equation (most likely because people are not selling them).
- Lack of images. This appears to all dependant on users uploading scans, so for the most part, given enough time, most of these should fill in over time.
So as you can see, both have pluses and minuses to each system. I am looking to open up a little discussion here as to why you prefer which system. Thanks for participating. Please keep it clean!