(07-12-2012 02:46 PM)ArchersAxe Wrote: I've recently been looking into getting some cards graded. After doing some research on both PSA and Beckett, it appears Beckett would have a more reliable and accurate scoring for newer cards.
My main concern, though, is what to really expect as a grade. The terms NM and M are used so commonly together that purchasing a card in prospect of getting it graded seems undesirable. Just to prove my point, I had a card seller on eBay tell me his cards were NM to M condition, but he couldn't guarantee that they would be worthy of being graded. I am well aware that the BGS appears to be the most particular. I don't expect to get a 10 on any of my cards.
Here are my questions:
1) If I purchase cards said to be in NM/M, what grading should I expect? Do sellers regularly under grade their cards to not get the buyers hopes up?
2) Who should I purchase cards from, a store or another collector? Price is not much of an issue, but rather the quality.
(07-12-2012 09:32 PM)nthnoak Wrote: I really wouldnt purchase a card on the internet in hopes of getting it graded. you need to see them in person to really make a decision. people complain all the time about getting a card graded a 9 when in fact most cards these days that have an auto or patch or something would grade far less than that. it doesnt take much to knock a card down. i recently had some cards graded that looked absolutley flawless and they both got 9's. you would think they would have had bad centering or surface since thats hard to spot, but no, they were hit on corners. i have no idea how but it happened.
(07-13-2012 06:26 AM)nolan5000 Wrote: Jersey cards often times lose points on the corners subgrade.
(07-13-2012 02:00 PM)nthnoak Wrote: if your referring to one of my cards that i said got a 9, it was a topps chrome base superfractor. so no jersey on it. usually with topps chrome they are off center but not this one. i thought it was a pretty sharp looking card as many cards out of chrome even get 10's.