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(02-16-2013 05:14 PM)khalz75 Wrote: Hi, I had a few questions basically on collecting in general as I am newer to all of this. First question is rather stupid but I just want to make sure I know what I am looking for.
There are two value columns in Beckett next to each card, left is lower and the right is higher. What exactly is the difference. I have an idea that the right one is for cards that are in mint and the left are for not in that great of condition? I tried to find this info in the magazine but maybe I missed it because I didn't see it anywhere.
Grading Questions.. I have never had a card graded, if it is graded with an overall good grade, might that make the value any higher than what is listed in the magazine? (I assume it depends on the card itself too)
What is the process of grading? I send it out, they grade it and put it in a nice card holder, and send it back?
Is there anything to worry about such as the card getting lost or not being sent back?
For football cards, is one grading service better than another or more reputable? Many years back, I bought a '92 Favre RC off Ebay and it was graded "10" by Gem Elite. I recently read that Gem is a scam company which was disappointing to read!
Is it worth it to have a base autograph card graded or anything special in grading these autos I need to know?
Just any tips would be helpful and I thank you in advance! I plan to get my collection the best possible values it can, lock them up and leave them to my son one day so maybe he too can pass them down or save them for a rainy day and hard times. Thanks again and I really look forward to your replies!
Most of my cards that I want graded are autos. Some are just nice base cards that I collected as a kid, and some are my newer pulls. If at all interested, here is the link to my cards on photobucket. Thanks again!!