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To grade or not to grade?
10-14-2012, 11:09 PM
Post: #1
To grade or not to grade?
I'm new to collecting and the whole idea of grading cards. I have a few rookies but these 2 cards are the main ones I want graded (I know the Mantle isn't a rookie).
So here are my questions:
1) are these cards worth getting graded?
2) what grade would you say these would receive, and what flaws do you notice??

1964 Topps (Giant card) Mickey Mantle #25
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Topps Ozzie Smith rookie card (kinda blurry)
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10-15-2012, 04:38 PM
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RE: To grade or not to grade?
Nice cards to have but probably would not grade.

At first I was going to point out that the top borders look uniform but that the bottom narrows a bit too much off. I looked at my same Mantle which graded a BVG 7.5 and it narrows off a bit at the bottom as well. Corners look slightly touched with a bit of a diamond cut. Maybe a 6 or 6.5 at best?

The Ozzy looks sharp but looks like a gum stain on the back.

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10-15-2012, 06:05 PM
Post: #3
RE: To grade or not to grade?
Is that a gum stain or a shadow?

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10-15-2012, 06:05 PM
Post: #4
RE: To grade or not to grade?
(10-15-2012 04:38 PM)coimbre 21 Wrote:  Nice cards to have but probably would not grade.

At first I was going to point out that the top borders look uniform but that the bottom narrows a bit too much off. I looked at my same Mantle which graded a BVG 7.5 and it narrows off a bit at the bottom as well. Corners look slightly touched with a bit of a diamond cut. Maybe a 6 or 6.5 at best?

The Ozzy looks sharp but looks like a gum stain on the back.

On the mantle only one corner looks touched IMO. And that's not a gum stain on ozzie that's the shadow from me taking the picture lol.

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10-15-2012, 11:23 PM
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RE: To grade or not to grade?
(10-15-2012 06:05 PM)beatles guy Wrote:  Is that a gum stain or a shadow?

Shadow!

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10-20-2012, 07:50 PM
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RE: To grade or not to grade?
The corners on the ozzie look good, maybe a 7???

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