Beckett Media is the leading source of information for sports collectible enthusiasts and is the premier publisher of sports collectibles magazines. The company also operates Beckett Grading Services, one of the largest third-party professional sports card grading services.Dr. James Beckett founded the company as Beckett Publications in 1984. In the mid-1970s, while a professor at Bowling Green State University, he published his first baseball card price guides as "free-upon-request" pamphlets to, "bring order out of the chaos that existed" in the baseball card industry. These pamphlets led to annually published price guides that were the forerunners of Beckett's monthly collectibles magazines.The first Beckett Baseball Card Monthly was published in November 1984 with a 10,000-copy print run. It quickly became "the" reference source for card collectors. Today, Beckett Baseball Card Monthly has an audited paid circulation of more than 725,000 for total paid circulation by issue.In just a few years, Jim Beckett turned his passion for sports card collecting into a successful publishing business. Beckett Publications now produces magazines that cover baseball, football, basketball, hockey, motorsports, sports collectibles, as well as youth-oriented entertainment such as anime, Pokemon, YuGiOh, Hannah Montana and similar "teen sensations." From its headquarters building in Dallas, Texas, the company also produces a very popular line of annual price guide books.