Quote: Ironically when I first started collecting graded cards vs. raw (around 1998/99), SGC commanded stronger prices than PSA across the board. Vintage, pre-war. modern in most cases the SGC card would close at a stronger price than it's PSA equivalent. I've posted elsewhere what happened next but in a nutshell, Beckett screwed SGC. Beckett started tracking graded cards prices in their price guides, but started breaking out SGC from BGS and PSA cards and claimed that SGC didn't garner the same prices as BGS and PSA. IMO, by manipulating the price guide Beckett was able to prop up their product, not offend the big dog (PSA) and bury their competition (SGC). I buy mostly PSA cards for my set registry, but have many SGC cards in my collection that I would never cross over. I have crossed over SGC cards for my PSA registry and in EVERY case the card crossed at the same grade or better.
Very good point. I am extremely surprised that Beckett has had sucess with such a conflict of interest in their price guides.
I looked at it akin to brainwashing. Say something (or print it) often enough, and people will believe it's the truth. I was very active at this time buying graded cards from the 60's up till the 90's. In most cases the SGC card sold for a higher price than it's PSA and BGS equivalent. I wouldn't think twice about bidding more aggressively for the SGC card. The only caveat I would add is that SGC was a bit more lenient on centering, so I would need to see a scan of the card to gauge eye appeal. SGC and PSA do a great job grading. Beckett used to, but I've seen too many instances where trimmed cards ended up in their holders. I just don't have faith in their product anymore.