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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Strasburg Centering a Graded Comparison

For your Discussion Needs

Centering: 8.5
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Centering: 9
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Centering: 8.5
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Centering: 9.5
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Centering: 9
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For your Comparison: This was given a 9
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What say you?

9 comments:

the sewingmachineguy said...

First; Thanks for doing this comparison.
Second; Those jokers at BGS are full of shit.

Offy said...

That's such a joke and is hopefully the beginning of the end of card slabbing. That card is 20/80 at best and shouldn't even be a 9 based on centering alone. Once you factor in the card imperfections, an 8 would be generous.

stusigpi said...

For the Record, I did not pay to have these graded. I bought them this way for the same price as ungraded. I was collecting these for a while.

John said...

Arbitrary grading

Sports Card Radio said...

That's interesting. I think when a card like that comes across the desk - you weigh the benefit of the 'publicity & advertising' it gives you - with the backlash that may come if its not legit.

Looks like they took the pub route - and in times like these it tough to blame a company trying to cut paychecks. However its great that people like you let collectors know about the truth. Hopefully this will open some eyes about grading.

Jonathan @ RGB Cards said...

I'd say they have a vested interest in the hype machine and didn't want to derail it by destroying the reputation of one of the most hyped cards in 60 years.

But I have to ask...shouldn't Topps wear some of this, too? If you're creating a card that you know is a 1/1, one that you plan on feeding to the hype machine, and that card isn't nearly perfect, shouldn't you destroy it and print a new one that *is* nearly perfect? I think so.

beardy said...

It certainly reeks of collusion, that's for sure. My right nut hangs down lower than my left. Do they get a BGS 9 for centering as well?

For the right price I bet they would.

Sports Card Report said...

Wow. I don't know if I should laugh or be troubled by Beckett's generosity.

What was a great story for hobby lore, now in my eyes, has an * written all over it. Shame on you Beckett.

jr_mint said...

I know this is a bit belated, but I wanted to follow up on comments made about grading.. Sure Beckett dropped the ball on this one, and I am sure other big name cards for the sake of self promotion.. kinda stems from thier origins to begin with. SGC would have graded the card accurately (and their holder is better), because like their sister company NGC, SGC was founded to provide unbiased, third-party grading.