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Graded Cards have caused us to rethink our pricing policy. You should be happy and you should read this. 

Everyone has his or her opinion, pro and con, regarding certified card grading. We feel that it is important to express our opinion and how it will effect card pricing on our website. Although we could list names of grading companies, by the time this is written there will be more. So, we will keep our comments general in nature.
  1.   Some charge flat fees, others charge based on the "value" of the card.

  2. All have some sliding price scale based on how quick a grading is desired.

  3. There are different levels of grading and numbering systems

  4. They all "slab" the graded card with varying levels of grading information included in a label unique to the grading company.
  5. Grading elements include; centering (front & back, left & right, top & bottom), percentage of original color and finish, sharpness of corners, and printing imperfections.
How is centering determined when there is no defined border? The only possible 100% valid way is to actually have a full sheet from the printer with the register marks defined. How is original color and finished validated without the presence of a factory fresh card to compare? Try doing that with pre 80's cards. Just how objective is certified grading? How much grading is accomplished with measurement equipment, scales, and spectrum analysis vs a ruler, magnifying glass, and a good eye?  What accreditation do those that grade cards have and to what watchdog authority are they reportable to?

Who, and how is the priced determined? The reference point for graded card pricing is the price of the same card, which has not been graded. Let us not forget to factor in supply and demand. Can the exact same card have a different grading from two different grading companies? Yes, it is not out of the realm of possibility. In fact, this has happened.

Can the exact same card have a different grading from the same grading company? Yes, less likely, but still possible. Let's not forget that forgeries have also been certified. How's that for a warm and fuzzy. How does a Toys R Us Card become worth $20.00? Have the grading companies diminished their credibility by grading Pokemon cards? How many Pokemon cards do you think would grade less than mint? Not many. We strongly believe that you should not be on the end of a graded card purchase because with rare exception and without immediate turnover, you will not get your "investment" back.  

Our Grading System We represent all our cards to be nr/mt (unless otherwise stated). In fact, many cards would grade higher but we just do not want to fight that battle. If we pull a card for an order and discover it is less than that, we notify the buyer. Most of our cards are post 1980 (there are a lot of cards from then on). We have frequently thrown away cards if we see something, which would disqualify a nr/mt rating. If you don't like a card that you purchase from us, e-mail us and then return it.

Our new pricing policy Any cards on our site that are listed in any "Certified Card Price Guide" or "Graded Card Price Guide" will be priced at 50% of the NM/MT value in that price guide. All cards, which meet this criterion, will soon be designated with a red 'cp' (certified pricing applies).

A Buyers Option We will submit any card (listed in a Certified Card Price Guide and present on our site) for grading, at the buyers expense, to any grading company the buyer chooses. Further, the final selling price will be 75% of the Certified Card Price Guide high of the final grade.

The Good News All other cards on our site are 50% off the current Price Guide high value with those exceptions noted in our pricing policy (see order info) statement. Specifically, card price minimum is .25, some cards are priced taking the average of the high and low value, and finally, some cards are posted with a specific price on the page that they appear.

We are interested in what you may think, let us know e-mail.

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