If you want to know how much that Nolan Ryan rookie card in your Dad's garage is worth, you want Beckett. The company publishes the definitive pricing guide to baseball and other sports cards along with about 15 magazines on everything from Neopets to college sports teams. Its products are distributed via hobby stores and national retailers like Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. In addition, Beckett runs a sports memorabilia shopping portal connected to more than 1,200 shops, and operates Beckett Grading Services, which offers independent sports cards evaluations. The company was founded by statistics professor Dr. James Beckett in 1984.