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#2012778 - 11/22/12 06:16 PM Grading mid-grade vintage baseball???
vintagebaseball
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I have been reading the forum off and on for a while but have never posted. I realize part of what I am asking is repetitive, but I want your opinions of my specific case.

I collect vintage baseball. I recently completed a 1953 Topps set. It probably averages out mid-grade overall, with some a little better, some a little worse. Some of the set is graded, but most of it is raw. Most of the major star cards are graded, but not all. Now, I have a 1950 Bowman set underway. I recently purchased the Jackie Robinson in the set. It is raw and probably grades out ex/ex+. Would I be wasting my time and money getting it (and those 1953 Topps stars) graded? I am a collector, not a dealer. I love the hobby and am not looking to sell. I know this stuff is solid, mid grade, probably in the 4.5-6.5 range. I have collected for 20+ years. I have had experience with third party grading, most of it PSA. If I do anymore grading, it will be with SGC. I know many of you have some definite opinions on this subject. What do you think about my case??

Generally speaking, I like 1950s baseball. Most of the stuff I collect, I can afford mid-grade or sometimes a little better. I look for cards free of creases, markings, stains, etc. I have learned to live with a little corner/edge wear. Sometimes I compromise on centering if it is the right card. I buy raw or graded, it just depends on the situation. I will never be hung up on registry sets, but I often have my stars graded and commons ungraded.

Sorry to ramble! What do you guys think? Send to SGC or not??? Thanks.

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#2012779 - 11/22/12 06:48 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage baseball??? [Re: vintagebaseball]
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Hey vintage,

Your on the right board liking 50's baseball! Lots of knowledgeable collector's here. I am a fifties guy myself. I think it was the golden era of the game. For one grading a whole set ain't cheap although you could get a bulk rate I'm sure. I have a 56 set that's graded out but I did that because it's a NM type set. I'm working on a 54 set strictly in SGC holders and I love the 53's. More than just great cards those are great art to! To me it's Topp's best set, missing guys but the most appealing over all. If you just want enjoy the cards I'd leave it raw, card savers are great and cheap. Mid grade sells the same raw or graded in my opinion. Once you get to EX/MT and up I'd grade. Just my opinion. Welcome to the boards, glad to have another vintage guy around!

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#2012780 - 11/22/12 07:02 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage baseball??? [Re: 33rdStreet]
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I agree its probably the best topps set over all. Im working on the 58 Topps set in SGC. Its a real challenge and quite expensive especially for a collector with a small budget. The 53 set looks great in the SGC holder and the registry is a great way to keep track of your cards. As Daryl said above there is no reason not to just enjoy the raw set in card savers or even a binder.
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#2012781 - 11/22/12 07:25 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage baseball??? [Re: Blackie]
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Hi, David and welcome back. You've been missed for the past 24 hours. That '53 set is a beauty for sure. I hope you do grade it, but I expect you'll decide to keep it raw when all is said and done.
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#2012783 - 11/22/12 07:29 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage baseball??? [Re: 33rdStreet]
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That is pretty much what I figured, too. I figure I will leave the '53 set as it is. The '50 set may be a different story. I have considered building it as a SGC set...a little higher grade. The only thing stopping me is a ready supply of ex/ex+ commons for around $7 a piece, except for the low #s. It is hard to pass up those inexpensive commons and buy $25 commons that are graded 84s. That's what I am hung up on.... I guess you get what you pay for??
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#2012792 - 11/23/12 04:35 AM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage baseball??? [Re: bbo]
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