Somebody actually spent money to grade a 2000 Skybox basecard.
Book Value without slab 50 cents, with slab, 50 cents.
Someone at BCCG had to be laughing all the way to the bank.
Again, I can see older vintage cards worth a lot of money to be graded, but why would I grade a current card from lets say, Topps? If you go on their customer support site, if you receive a damaged card then you can send it back for a replacement for current products. So to be technical about it, to me then a damaged card would be one that isn't rated a 10 right? Why would anyone spend $10 to grade a current card that is only worth $1 and try to sell it on ebay for $100 as a GEM 10? In addition there are again so many variables from company to company, lets say today PSA is the top company, you go out and grade all your vintage rookie cards. Ten years from now you find out that PSA was giving false grades, now your card is inside a sealed plastic block and could be worthless because of the grader. Like what we are seeing in the fake relic world in game used cards, when there is money to be made people come out of the woodwork to try to tell you they are the best. I don't own one card that is graded that I want, I even have a PSA graded Pippen Rookie card, but I would rather have the one in my top loader instead.
While there are people who pay top money for graded cards, there will always be people trying to take your money to grade your cards for you. It is bad enough the card companies get our money, then there are the supply people we buy our boxes and sleeves, then there are the slab guys. No thanks slab guys, I will use that extra money I don't use slabbing my cards and buy more cards!
Does anyone actually really open packs and sends in the cards right away? If you did grade it and it gets sent back as an 8.5 would you send it to Topps and demand a replacement for a defective card? Chew on that for the night! Thanks for reading as always.