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#475 - 04/14/02 01:53 AM Why did YOU select SGC?
vayank
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What made you select SGC as your grading service??
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#476 - 04/15/02 07:41 AM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: vayank]
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I haven't really "picked" SGC as my grading service. I only own 1 graded card and it happens to be an SGC card. But I am very happy with it and will look to continue buying them. One reason I will probably continue with SGC is that they are not quite as popular as PSA, so I can buy comparable cards in comparable conditions for less money. I'm not really looking to build a graded card set, just fill in some remaining holes.
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#477 - 04/15/02 12:38 PM Re: Why did YOU select SGC?
vayank
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Fact is, that's one of the reasons I started buying SGC. Then I sent a lot into be graded and got sold on them.
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#478 - 04/16/02 05:23 AM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: vayank]
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Let's see..

Accuracy, turnaround time, and customer service. Since people rather pay for the holder of PSA and not pay attention to the card itself, that means more deals for me.

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#479 - 04/16/02 06:42 AM Re: Why did YOU select SGC?
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Again, agreed.

You could almost call it the PSA Holder Tax. I've heard the buy the card, not the holder statement often and I agree with it. If one agrees with it, that should lead you to SGC.

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#480 - 04/16/02 04:13 PM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: vayank]
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I joined itradecards.com for the SGC $6.00 no limit grading they offer on the front page of the itradecards.com website. This is the best offer I have ever seen SGC offer, and SGC usually has some great deals. When I joined itradecards.com I got a free grade certificate too boot, Thanks SGC for teaming up with itradecards.com !!!


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#481 - 04/17/02 02:05 AM Re: Why did YOU select SGC?
vayank
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Thanks for the tip on iTrade. With all candor, I wasn't all tht jacked up about the site, but I'll give them another look though. The SGC special there is indeed good.
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#482 - 04/17/02 02:32 PM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: vayank]
aconte
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Hello all! Especially vayank and autobilia.

VaYank I hope your other identity is doing well. HaHa.

Anyhow, I own both Psa and Sgc graded cards. My best
graded red man cards are without a doubt in the Sgc holders.
I know my friends at Psa would suggest I put them in Psa
holders but I will not. I love the holders and the cards are
accurately graded by Sgc. I find that there is definitely a number of collectors that find Sgc highly accurate,
consistent, and with better holders in comparison to Psa.
In fact my main seller of the red man cards (a collector for
over 20 years) prefers Sgc. I've bought some awesome
92's from him. And as far as pricing is concerned, these
cards price themselves. Both Psa and Sgc graded red man
sell well overall. And if people are going to overlook the Sgc
cards that's ok with me too.

There's no doubt that the registry has helped Psa. And I
can say that I do have some nice cards in Psa holders.
But Sgc is a reputable and consistent grader. In fact,
I do plan on completing my 54 set in Sgc holders some
day. The only thing holding me back is $$$. Somehow I need
to get a better deal on my blood donations instead of the
free donuts.

aconte
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#483 - 04/17/02 02:41 PM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: aconte]
aconte
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Oh and one more thing. I complained about in a thread on the
Psa forum about why Sgc got such a low play on the Mastronet auctions. I found it amazing how Gai with so few
lots for sale were able to make the most of them while Sgc
seemed to get lower play. One comment I got that I agree with
was "Maybe many cards graded my Sgc find themselves
in collectors hands who wish to add to their personal collections and not make available for sale to the public. They
prefer Sgc." This may not be the exact quote and I hope
I am not misquoting but I believe what I got from the response
was that some people who use Sgc do not look to quickly
make a quick buck but rather add to their personal collection.

Obviously, in the end I would like to see Sgc graded cards
perform well in the market not with just vintage red man cards
but in all areas. Hopefully, over time this can improve.

aconte
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#484 - 04/18/02 12:21 AM Re: Why did YOU select SGC? [Re: aconte]
vayank
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I think the SGC guys deserve alot credit. I see a couple of issues here.

They don't have a pre-exisiting brand name like Beckett or even SCD. They did not have the head start in the market like PSA did.

That's makes it tough. Branding is so important. A single word must convey a dictionary of meaning.

Of course, they could pump out bogus grades, either too easy or too hard, to manipulate prices. They could also buy and sell cards etc. But they don't -- and thank goodness.

They are, though, laying down a baseline of integrity with an eye on the very long future. This is based on my obversation of their choices. While separate companies, if you want to see how SGC might evolve, take a look at NGC. This gives me great confidence.

SGC needs to review their marketing. They are underperforming in that regard. In this context, I do not refer to strategic alliances, or partnership, like with iTrade or thePit.

However, I think collectors can have great confidence that SGC is being managed in a responsible manner with an eye toward long term growth in the values of our cards.

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---- Matthew T. Natale Alexandria, Virginia Completed 1977 Topps Baseball SGC Graded Set, Average Grade 92.89

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