I remember seeing BCCG first on Home Shopping Network or QVC and the guy screaming about how all these rookie cards are GEM MINT 10. I was thinking isn't a 10.0 supposed to be really hard. I can accept that my BCCG 10 maybe a BGS 9 but BGS 7 or 8 is kind of pushing it. The prices on BCCG seem to be incredibly low and hardly seem worth it. It sounds like a bad idea if you ask me. Based on your submitting prices, I guess the seller is losing money on this one. Correct?
Right -- that is basically the problem with BCCG. Two points: 1) A lot of cards that normally would not get submitted through BGS get submitted through BCCG. Basically cards that are either a) lower grade or b) cards that are so low in value that the incremental price of the BGS grading are not worth the expense.
The problem that I have always had with BCCG is basically they are exploiting relatively uneducated consumers into their 1-10 grading strategy. BGS and BVG have developed their brand based on the paradigm that 9.5 is GEM MINT, 9 is MINT, 8 is NM/MT, etc. So basically, Beckett developed BCCG to create a kind of perception that a card is a 10, when in fact the card would grade differently within the same corporate structure. It seems slimy and dishonest to me to have one company that would have one subgroup grade a card a 10, and have another subgroup that would only grade the card a 9. Incidentally, Beckett is NO WAY guarantees that a BCCG 10 will cross over to a BGS or BVG 9. I have numerous examples that have failed this "cross".
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