06-13-2012, 05:57 AM

We have all looked up a card, only to find it only has conditional pricing. What is more interesting, is when a card has conditional and graded prices. And to take it one step further, sometimes the conditional pricing is higher than the graded pricing, and vice versa.

I know the technical terms of conditional pricing, and graded pricing.

Lets look at a perfect example at the moment. The Adam Jones 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Auto #P7.

Conditional Pricing:

150 mint 9

120 nm-mint+ 8.5

120 nm-mt 8

Graded

80 GemMint 9.5

60 Mint 9

50 nm-mt+ 8.5

So a 70 dollar difference between between a graded Gem Mint, and Conditional Mint (150-70). Further, 2 weeks ago the conditional Mint was 120.

Lets look at the Ken Griffey Jr 1989 Bowman Tiffany

Conditional Pricing:

120 Mint 9

80 nm-Mint+ 8.5

Graded

175 mint 9

100 mint 8.5

I am a math geek by trade. Even have a worthless MS in math from harvard. But no matter the definitions I read, I cannot but together how they come up with these numbers??? And what they mean and how they should ever be used.

Can someone please shed light. I have seen the question asked before, but not a single reponse answered the true questions -

1. How are conditonal determined

2. What does it mean for the card when one is above the other and vice versa

3. What does it mean for the future outlook, or does it??

I know the technical terms of conditional pricing, and graded pricing.

Lets look at a perfect example at the moment. The Adam Jones 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Auto #P7.

Conditional Pricing:

150 mint 9

120 nm-mint+ 8.5

120 nm-mt 8

Graded

80 GemMint 9.5

60 Mint 9

50 nm-mt+ 8.5

So a 70 dollar difference between between a graded Gem Mint, and Conditional Mint (150-70). Further, 2 weeks ago the conditional Mint was 120.

Lets look at the Ken Griffey Jr 1989 Bowman Tiffany

Conditional Pricing:

120 Mint 9

80 nm-Mint+ 8.5

Graded

175 mint 9

100 mint 8.5

I am a math geek by trade. Even have a worthless MS in math from harvard. But no matter the definitions I read, I cannot but together how they come up with these numbers??? And what they mean and how they should ever be used.

Can someone please shed light. I have seen the question asked before, but not a single reponse answered the true questions -

1. How are conditonal determined

2. What does it mean for the card when one is above the other and vice versa

3. What does it mean for the future outlook, or does it??