Hello! I'm new here and new to grading in general. I've been collecting on and off since my dad and I started in 93 when I was 7 years old. Over the years I've built up a small collection and want to pass it on to my son when he gets older. I have nothing but modern cards ranging from all sports. I want to be able to preserve the cards as best as possible. My question is will getting them graded help preserve them better than the hard cases they are in now? Is there any other reason I should get them graded? Sorry for rambling on and thank you for your help in advance.
Well first you have to figure out what you have and what your intentions are. My advice would be if your collection is mostly modern than figure out what KEY modern cards you have and then find someone you trust to help determine the condition of the card before you send it for grading. I am pretty sure most of us here would tell you that a modern card needs to come back from a grading company as a mint card to really retain value. If value is your only concern my advice would be get rid of the modern and look at getting some vintage stuff. It has been proven to retain value and even increase over time. Or you could just do what I try to do start a collection for your boy in hopes that he will one day decide to start collecting with dear ol dad! My son is starting to come around a little.
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Professional "slab" grading is for preservation and resale, that's about it. Grading runs $6 to $12 per card, so take that into consideration. On the modern stuff (80's and newer), I might grade limited edition, low population cards and maybe autographed cards. Possibly rookie cards of potential HOF'ers.
Pick out your best condition cards that fit the above categories and send 10 or 20 in and see how you do. Word of warning: you may be disappointed the the graders aren't as fond of your cards as you are. That's part of the learning process.
Finally, let us all know how you did. We'll rejoice or cry right along with you. Really.
My main concern is maintaining the cards so if and when I do pass them down they will be in good condition. I don't have any autos worth anything. If anything I have some RC that I would send in. I'll separate what I think is good and bother you guys for your opinion again. Thank You everyone for the awesome answers!
Looks like you got a pretty decent modern collection going.
Tell you the truth I wouldn't waste any money on grading. Enjoy them the way they are.
The graded slabs do not offer any better protection for the cards than the holders you now have them in, in fact, IMHO the Graded slabs offer less protection. The cards can move around inside the slab if not handled carefully and thaey can actually damage the card. Those PSA rattle trap holders are the worst.
Plus you have to depend on the trained monkey to put them in the slab in the first place without damaging them.
While the SGC slabs do make for a beautiful presentation of the card. Selling the cards is the only reason to really have cards graded.