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> Card Grading - PSA/BGS/others??? Who's best?

post Sep 1 2012, 01:28 AM
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I have about 10 cards that I want to get graded in order to sell them. Beckett is in my backyard and they are having a grading open house at the end of the month, which removes my hesitation to mail the cards. However, I wondered if there is a better company to use, for whatever the reason, that using company A vs. company B and getting the best value out of the cards.

Is there any perception that having a PSA grade is better than Beckett or vice versa. Is there someone else I should be looking at?

Two are MJ rookies and another is the Bird/Irving AS/Johnson 1981 Rookie, so some key cards that I want to make sure get me maximum return.

If Becket is ok, the two Jordans are "pre-graded" by Beckett as 8 and 8.5...should I present them blind or keep them in those sleeves. Would there be any reason for the grades to differ this time around?

Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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post Sep 1 2012, 08:25 AM
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Mark, I think most people's perception is that Beckett is the best, then PSA, then others like KSA etc. However, I am sure you will get lots of different opinions. My problem with grading is that it is subjective to whomever is grading the card and how do I know the person doing it is an expert. What looks good to one person might be flawed to someone else. I have heard too many stories from people expecting big grades and not getting them and also the opposite I have seen slabbed "mint" 9.0/9.5 cards that have prints spots or other flaws which make me question how they got the grades with those flaws and no notation on the flaw.

As for the two cards already graded, I think leaving them in the encasement leaves a bias torwards what they were previously graded, however taking them out could go either way and you might end up with 7s rather than 9s, so that one is a tough call. Guess it depends on whether you want to risk getting better or worse grades.

I don't get cards graded so I am not an expert so this is just my opinions and experiences. I know redwing40 sent stuff in recently, so you might want to see what his opinion is of Beckett.

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