Numbers 2 to 4, would be the reasons for me. I've never been much of a set collector, so number 1 wouldn't really apply to me (though owning a graded set would be cool). The other reason would have to do with preserving my collection. I have bought several graded cards but have yet to send some in myself. I will send some in soon though.
1. Looks and Protection, my soon to be 7 yr. old son likes to look at and handle them. I had them in 2 piece "snap tight" type holders and I've dropped a few and they have popped apart. I don't want to tell him you can look but don't touch. He is the reason I've even unpacked them from their 15 year nap.
2. I was curious as to how some would grade, thus giving an idea as to how I will insure them properly.
3. A few of the cards I will have graded will be for trading purposes, so I can snag some cards on my old wish list without spending alot of extra cash.
I chose SGC after reading several blogs, forums, and visiting each graders web page. The Holders were tied for first in looks w/ GAI(glad I didn't make that mistake) and their reputation is as solid as it gets (plus my wife's family is from Jersey). Some of the cards I am grading will be for sentimental purposes (my grandfathers' cousin played in the 40's-50's) and some I just like the looks of. I am in the design stage of a display for the SGC holders.
Edited by meatheadjerry (03/02/0812:54 PM) Edit Reason: wow, I need to revisit my grammar teacher
I get cards graded for display purposes. I like having all cards in the same holder. I am in a bit of a quandry over modern cards which fit in the ultra pro holders. I like the uniformnity of having all cards displayed in the same manner, but not sure if I want to pay more in grading fees than cards are worth.