(04-26-2012 07:51 AM)greco827 Wrote: Not because I am some Beckett loyalist
(04-26-2012 08:24 AM)nolan5000 Wrote: I feel as though this was directed at me.
(04-26-2012 08:33 AM)greco827 Wrote: Not at all, just making a point early that I don't prefer Beckett Grading without actual reasons, i.e, no "just because" arguments.
(04-26-2012 07:51 AM)greco827 Wrote: Just to toss my two cents in ... I prefer BGS. Not because I am some Beckett loyalist who will follow them to the depths of hell, but because regardless of resale values they tend to bring on ebay, I think that overall they offer a superior service. The subgrades and half grades are without question, in my mind at least, a massive improvement over PSA's whole numbers and no subgrades. I like to know where cards got penalized on their overall grade. When it comes to resale, these subgrades can matter. A BGS 9.5 that is 9/9.5/9.5/9.5, will generally sell for less than one that is 10/9.5/9.5/9.5. A BGS 10 is AMAZING! A .25 card can sell for $50 - 100. And even the subgrade of 10, increases the value. It is also very helpful when evaluating your card for submission. Hmm, this card looks perfect to me, but let me really look at the edges, really examine the surface, and pay attention to whether or not this has 50/50 centering or 55/45. Beckett makes that stuff matter, and that makes it better. I also prefer the thicker slab. PSA cases feel cheap.
I would of course love to see a better registry and consistent labeling. Collectors tend to be anal about those things, and I'm not exception. I don't like having a collection with various label types. Can't exactly unring that bell though.
In terms of value discrepancy, I think that one main reason PSA 10's will sell higher than BGS 9.5's, is that while both are noted as Gem Mint, 10 is better than 9.5 in the eyes of most people. Even though the grade is equal, and possibly even more difficult to earn via BGS, 10 is higher, so it's better where many people are concerned. The registry was another good point made earlier, which I agree with. I also think that going back to my point about collectors being anal about consistency, that we tend to find many more PSA cards, which means people can build collections much more easily within PSA, and therefore more people will seek out PSA cards. Particularly when it's PSA vs BVG. Try to build a 1977 Topps Yankee set of purchased (as opposed to submitted) BVG cards. Near impossible. PSA, in a month or two you will be done.
In the end I think Beckett is superior, but the sheer volume of PSA cards on the market, reduces the comparative value of the BGS cards, simply because consistent set or collection building is done more easily with PSA.
(04-26-2012 08:52 AM)sonnyday Wrote: Thanks for the well thought out post. Every collector is open to their own opinion and I see your reasoning on why you prefer BGS over other graders. You didnt falsley accuse another company and provided a good train of thought to your opinions. I respect your opinion.
See we can all get along.