Loc: Trimmed, Pressed, Power Erased
Not for nothing but if you cant/wont reveal who is crossing their cards over then it isn't big news. Sounds more like a bunch of old washer women telling tales. So nothing personal Dav but it's kind of hard to have breaking news when you don't actually report anything substantive. To your point of keeping it quiet to respect the persons privacy, I respect that. However, why bother posting something that can't be revealed.
#434364 - 05/11/0406:02 AMRe: BOMBSHELL IN THE COLLECTING WORLD
Old, dense-headed hammers are cool. Best nail pounders.
Put me in the don't care bucket. I collect cards because I like the images and I like the way they make me feel. The slab that they happen to reside in has very little to do with anything.
So, if crossing this collection into GAI holders makes for more competition in graded cards...great. If it means that people start looking at cards instead of holders....great. If it makes the owner happier....great. Other than these, no biggie.
I wonder why someone would cross their entire collection to a new holder (regardless of which company they go from/to)? Even if they aren't happy with their current grading company, it seems foolish to risk damaging their cards having thousands cracked out, handled and reholdered. What happens if Baker/Rocci leave GAI or they go out of business? Will he again crack them all out and have them all reholdered yet again? Throwing a world class collection around to the current preferred grading company doesn't make sense to me. Build new sets in the preferred holder while leaving others in their existing holders seems like a better strategy.
So what happens if his world class 1952 Mantle gets clipped during the reholder process?
#434367 - 05/11/0407:58 AMRe: BOMBSHELL IN THE COLLECTING WORLD
Collector is an understatement.
Good observations and things I am considering as well. GAI's financial viability and the commitment of Rocchi/Baker to this are key at least to my decision.
I hate to speak for the gentleman involved but I know he is very close to these guys and has enormous confidence in Mike Baker's abilities. I do not think I would worry too much about damage to the cards with these guys .
I also know he has not been happy with PSA.
Personal relationships in the hobby mean a lot and Rocchi/Baker are close to a lot of the veteran dealers and collectors. Don't know any that are close to Joe Orlando.
I can fully understand why they want to switch card holder to GAI over PSA. PSA has without question many problems and I believe the right decision was made. Maybe, they know something about PSA we do not. When any major change or changes occurs there is always a reason "WHY" and for what purpose. One thing Collectors Universe/PSA has an attitude and not answering questions or providing feedback to the Better Business Bureau when called on to do so. This is the reason why the BBB has giving Collectors Universe/PSA an unsatifactory rating. They have no one to blame, but themselves.