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#2012826 - 11/23/12 05:11 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: vintagebaseball]
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 Originally Posted By: vintagebaseball

I recently completed a 1953 Topps set. It probably averages out mid-grade overall. Most of the major star cards are graded, but not all. Now, I have a 1950 Bowman set underway. Would I be wasting my time and money getting it (and those 1953 Topps stars) graded?
Sorry to ramble! What do you guys think? Send to SGC or not???


Well, both the 50 Bowman and 53 Topps EX commons go for around $8-$20 graded EX. So, it is not like they are not at least worth the grading fees, even for commons.

On the SGC registry, there are two 50B and one 53T mid level graded sets completed, so you could actually compete with these for a top 1, 2 or 3 status, which could be cool if you like that.

Personally, I have gone from all raw, to all graded to now a mixture with more raw than graded. I became disenfranchised to some extent with all 9's not being created equal and 10's being mass produced and also not being created equal. Basically, on any given day a card could be a 9 or a 10 or an 8 or 9 and the prices are so drastically different. Common prices (both what a 9 or 10 can command and the cost of grading a common) for these are a bit ridiculous in the scheme of things. Mid-grade stuff is graded pretty well/consistent, which is nice i.e. not getting into the ridiculous part of grading. I still do like the stars graded for protection, presentation and resale.

Whatever you do, you can't go wrong if you do what you like and have fun! My vote, would be to send the stars in and post the scans.
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#2012827 - 11/23/12 05:13 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: Blackie]
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I understand...whenever my wife and I go out of town, I look for shops ahead of time. There is one shop left near me...about an hour away. Were it not for ebay, I would be out of luck. Ironically, ebay is probably the reason for that, along with the internet in general. I love the ability to buy all over the country, but there is no substitute for being able to shuffle through cards and handle them yourself.
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#2012828 - 11/23/12 05:18 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: FYS]
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FYS, I think you and I are on the same wavelength!! In a perfect world, I would go all raw. However, things being what they are, some third party grading is necessary. I also have a mixture of graded and raw. The inconsistencies among the TPG's are very disturbing. I don't see myself ever in 8, 9, and 10 stratosphere. I am more of a 5-7 guy I think. And you are right about the commons'value...I was being tongue and cheek I guess.
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#2012829 - 11/23/12 05:24 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: Blackie]
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I'm lucky, Im from Baltimore. Plenty around here, nice size shows everynow and then and I'm stationed up the road at Camp Lejeune. I can quench my thirst for the hobby by doing it the old fashion way, hunting the cards down. Not that I dont go the eBay route, it's great typing in a few words and having a selection to bid on!
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#2012830 - 11/23/12 05:34 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: 33rdStreet]
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Count yourself lucky. On the rare occassions I make it into a real shop, I nearly OD!!
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#2012831 - 11/23/12 05:39 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: vintagebaseball]
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I go into a shop only when I'm really craving a card or maybe to buy the rare new product. A good show is where I generally od!! I'll spend hours at a show looking for good buys. I like buying from dealers I trust I have few out there that are regulars at shows I drag my wife to.
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#2012832 - 11/23/12 05:41 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: 33rdStreet]
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Daryl what does your wife think about your collecting?............mine throws a fit most of the time.
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#2012833 - 11/23/12 05:43 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: Blackie]
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My wife hates my collecting, too. From time to time, she shows a little interest but calls it a waste of money!!
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#2012834 - 11/23/12 06:07 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: vintagebaseball]
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Mine about had a heart attack watching me buy a Banks rookie at the National this year but did walk the floor for 6 plus hours without complaining once and she even helps me look now.
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#2012835 - 11/23/12 06:11 PM Re: Grading mid-grade vintage?? [Re: 33rdStreet]
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Good stuff Daryl, better keep her bro
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