Beckett provides a valuable resource for card listing, etc. Their box breaks also have the opportunity to be extremely helpful for card collectors. Like it or not, they are the number 1 publication in our world and are at the top of the heap. But....
Let's assume (not saying that I do), that Topps, Razor, and Upper Deck sent loaded boxes to Beckett and that Beckett did not know. Some bloggers and commenters out there have stated that this is nothing more than McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, or whoever showing a perfect burger or taco on TV and then when you buy it, it is (by looks) a train wreck. That analogy is incorrect and flat out wrong.
No matter how bad the taco or burger looks when you get it, it tastes exactly the same. They are making no warranties of looks as the looks matter not. In making correct use of the fast food analogy consider the following: You see a Mcdonalds commercial (card company sell sheet) and the "cheeseburger" i.e. box always has 3 patties and 3 slices of cheese i.e a patch/auto. You know, however, that not every "cheeseburger" (box)from McDonalds has 3 patties and 3 slices of cheese (patch/auto), but every time Emeril has a "randomly selected" McDonalds "cheeseburger" (box) on his show sent to him from McDonald's it has no less than 3 patties and 2 (single color jersey auto). You then go buy 3 "cheeseburgers" for $50 based on what you have seen. You open each "cheeseburger" and find that there is no cheese, 1 patty, and the bottom bun but not the top.
How can this be? Every randomly selected "cheeseburger" on Emeril's show had 3 patties and 2 slices of cheese? Out of the 3 "cheeseburgers" you didn't get any cheese. You only got 1 patty per "cheeseburger" and half of the bun.
So assuming that Topps/Razor/DLP/Upper Deck are sending loaded boxes to Beckett without their knowledge, it borders on false advertising. If they are doing it with Beckett's knowledge then it is false advertising and Beckett is an accessory. The evidence of their past breaks raising significan doubt that these are average boxes.
The latest posts on the Beckett blog have been of blaster breaks. Interesting. I would like to see them got to card shops or buy boxes of ebay like the rest of us and bust those.
Price Guide: I just want to know how they come up with the prices in their guides. As I said, often times, I will do an ebay search of completed listings. I will then look at the top and bottom and make a decision from there. Frankly, I never see cards at the local card shop sell for high book. That's what they are all priced at. They have the same cards week in and week out.
That's all I have to say on the subject.