I never understand why people put SO much of a premium on a graded 10 from whatever company that is out there, mainly because of the way the grading BUSINESS not service is set up. It’s a hodge podge of subjective standards and semantics that collectors put WAY too much value on. I have always said that as long as the process is done by humans and not machines, the grades should not be valued anywhere close to where they are. The main point of contention that I have is that I know the difference between an 8 and a 9.5 is pretty significant, but that is not the case for 9.5 to 10. It’s a matter of opinion, but once the slab is created and fixed on the card, its not opinion anymore.
Basically, the 10s out there will forever be what they were graded, mainly because no one is dumb enough to send it through again just to see if it will come back the same. Once the grade is there, its gospel, unless its an unsatisfactory grade. I mean, when there is a documented practice of collectors resubmitting cracked out cards for re-grading, you know the process isnt reliable, regardless of company reputation. However, that doesn’t stop someone from paying hundreds, if not tens of thousands extra for a 10 over a 9.5. Yes, who cares if the card doesn’t LOOK like it should be the grade it got, its still worth the number on the slab regardless. Right, Strasburg Superfractor?
This is a very good example that you may have heard about lately:
The PSA 10 recently sold for $94,000, a difference of close to $90,000 for the extra point in grading. PSA is infamous for their business practices of helping out their favorite customers with grade bumps, and BGS the same. So, why would someone value the Gretzky PSA 10 at almost 1000x the price of a raw one? It doesn’t make sense when human emotion and bias is factored in. Plus, did you see that right edge? Wow, that is far from what I would expect on a GEM MT card.
Personally, I see the advantage of SELLING graded cards, but I refuse to collect graded cards. I think the slabs are atrocious and take the fun out of having the cards, and I cannot see how the grades are anything but a way to take your hard earned money without offering any type of reliable standard of service. Its not like there is a government body that regulates the standard by which the cards are graded. Beckett and PSA have no reason to offer a reliable standard as long as the top graded cards are never questioned. Plus, when Beckett actually sells cards they have graded themselves, its a complete conflict of interest. This is already in addition to the conflict of interest presented by offering a price guide of graded cards.
You saw what happened with the joke 9.5 given to the Strasburg Superfractor, and how it affected those who knew what was up. Same thing with the Aaron Rodgers SPA that was graded and sold by Beckett when the Packers won the Super Bowl. It’s a complete scam, and I hope more people start to realize why my opinion is as it is. I honestly believe there is no reason to get cards graded other than for selling them later.