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Old 11-27-2016, 03:50 PM
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I have some 1968 cards from a game "Win a Card" when I was a kid. Never played with it so cards look new (to me) Which grading system is currently used most often? Looking at the different grading scales, some seem to focus more on centering more than others. Mainly interested in the Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman card. Thanks
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:55 PM
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Its been a while but I think Beckett. They were the main company when I collected.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:58 AM
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I can't determine what this would be...and the condition makes a crazy difference on the value of whats selling on Ebay. Anybody have an idea?
Recently sold cards on Ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?rmvSB...&LH_Complete=1


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Apparently these have gone up a good bit. My nephew found it in my moms attic prob 10 years ago and like the good guy he is, put it in a protective card holder and gave it to me since it was "mine" (I didn't even know it was still up there and would have throw it away)
http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com...-upward-trend/

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Old 11-28-2016, 12:06 PM
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That's so funny you just posted that !! At lunch Saturday my daughters boyfriend was telling me he had that card .... He is 13 lol I said you better have your parents put that in a safe or something . Then I googled it and the value between a couple thousand and upward of 7-8 thousand depending im sure on condition . Do quick search on Nolan Ryan rookie card that should give you a starting point
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Old 11-28-2016, 12:28 PM
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It's the grading that I don't get. Even looking at some on Ebay. It appears there is also a reprint market "RC" which I though meant rookie card but think now it's Reprint Card?? Assuming those are the ones under $100 ??
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I used to collect. Do you have any local card shops in your area? I used to bring some of mine in and they would grade them for me. You are correct, a lot of the grading is based on centering.
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I believe you send it in to Beckett and they grade it and give you that PSA number. They are very picky so getting a mint score might be unlikely for a card that spent so much time out of a holder. Good luck though, let us know how it goes.
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This is what you want. For a card of this value it's well worth it.

http://www.psacard.com/Fees
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I believe Beckett and PSA grading are 2 different companies. PSA is what you want for that card. You need to get a card of that value officially graded to really be able to sell it. It looks like your centering is way off which will significantly impair the value. A better pic of the edges and corners would help. But I don't think you are in the mint or near mint category.
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The card shop in town thought it could be a 9 even with the centering. It basically never got touched and was in a box since 1968' except to put in a holder. I'm going to check out Becket because PSA wants $700 to grade it. Which is tricky because a 9 is valued at $40K but a 7 is only $1100.

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Do you think mine would grade out well if I used them with clothes pins on the spokes of my Schwinn stingray to make that flick flick flick sound as I pedaled my butt down to the 7/11 to get a slurpee in a baseball trading cup...........lol 😂
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If you want to sell it then get it graded by PSA if you want to keep it in a safe deposit box then just put it in there as is.
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My wife has the Wayne Gretzky rookie card.

Recently one that graded out to a ten sold for $465,000....

I looked hers over, and honestly thought it would be at least a seven or eight. It has been in a holder since she got it back in 1979. It is also the O-Pee-Chee card.

I looked into someone local, and they suggested we send it off to be graded.

What if they sent me back a different card?

Does anyone know how that works?
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Baseball cards range all over the place. Mickey Mantle rookie card 30 years ago or so was the most expensive. Then prices dropped a lot. I would find somebody who is reputable to put a grade on it. Without that selling on ebay will be tricky. Because without that you wont get near the money for the card. People paying that kinda money will want the card graded by somebody they can trust.
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What if they sent me back a different card?

Does anyone know how that works?
I am kinda iffy on all of it. Talked to PSA. The rate I pay determines how much the card will be insured for. So $700 insures it's actual value up to $40K if they lose it shipping it back to me. But if it comes back as a 7 worth $1100, they don't refund any of the $700. If I was to pay a lesser fee of $40 and assume the card is only worth $2000 max (as a 7) then that is the amount it's insured for...so if they call it a 9 and then lose it in the mail, I only get $2000. BUT if they judge it a 9, I still owe them the other $660! Seems like a weird way to price their service.

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I would rather just pay Becket their flat rate of like $30. But as mentioned, PSA seems to be the benchmark. Most sold on Ebay are PSA graded, but there are some other companies grades too...so a PSA grade can't be worth the extra $660 unless it's a 9...which I have no way of knowing up front!

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PSA is the best. I've used them to grade some NFL stuff for me. If you're going to sell send it to them. They do have a shop in Jersey I think.
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I would rather just pay Becket their flat rate of like $30. But as mentioned, PSA seems to be the benchmark. Most sold on Ebay are PSA graded, but there are some other companies grades too...so a PSA grade can't be worth the extra $660 unless it's a 9...which I have no way of knowing up front!

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Maybe pay Becket's the $30 and if it comes back a high grade then it may be time to invest on the PSA grading?
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