Almost 66k. Gellman has commented on it. Mario has commented on it. I even commented on it at the Beckett Blog. All the various comments say a lot. Grading is a scam, I agree to a point. Its a coffin for a card, a dumbshit comment if I ever heard one. A case is a case. I'm not going to feel up my card. Any case is fine. Don't be a douche and pretend you are superior because you are too good for grading cases, especially with all the fakes out there. If I am dropping a ton of cash on a card $10 is a small price to pay to know the card is legit. I know Gellman says you shouldnt have low numbered cards graded. With all the fake patches out there, maybe its a good idea in certain cases.
But here is mine.
I like graded cards. I said it and I don't care. I like to know that my Ripken Rookie, my Taylor, my Marino are nr mt. They aren't creased, trimmed or whatever. But I do draw the line.
I will buy a 5,6 ,7 8, or 9 depending on the card. I might pay a small, very small, premium if its a 9. I have hundreds of graded cards. from 4-10. I never pay to have them graded myself and rarely does the graded version cost me more than a buck or two more than the raw card. After all of that, I have come to one conclusion.
An 8 is a damn nice card and there is no need to pay for anything more. 9's and 10's are for morons. I have looked 8 and 9's over with a magnifying glass and it is almost impossible to spot differences. In fact, I have some 8's that have fewer defects than some of my 9's.
Its a subjective process and if the grader is pissed or has an ulterior motive, the grading can be skewed. Plus, you may be getting scammed anyway. Think what can be done with a laser cutter that can shave off 1/128 from all the sides. Cleans up some chipping, sharpens those corners just enough to go from a 7 to an 8 or an 8 to a 9. Not that it matters, its a secret and if no one knows the truth the card is whatever grade it says it is. Remember that is 1/64 smaller. Nobody can tell.
Anyway, 65k for a 10 of a $50 card is stupid. The card can be damaged in the holder, etc. You have too much to lose. If I was buying a high dollar card I would put that bastard under a microscope.
My point is, an 8 is a sweet card. I never say to myself "boy I wish that was a 9". As Hackler said in response to my comment. You can buy your favorite arena league team with the cash you have left. Me, I would buy an 8 and go to Paris for a month with the rest.
Anyone that pays that much for a card is the like the fucktard that ownes the San Francisco Giants and thinks he knows something about baseball. How do you like Randy Winn now? .275, Yup Best in the league you dick. At least they gave the unit a shot to get to 300W and 5000K.