Joined: Jul 2007
Tuesday January 05, 2010 8:14 PM
<< Sorry for the crappy picture, my girlfriend has my camera, I'll take a better picture when I get it back.
Anyhow, I have 3 cards:
Rollie Fingers PSA/DNA Certified "Authentic"
Willy Mccovey PSA/DNA Certified "Authentic"
Rube Marquard PSA/DNA Certified "1.5"
So the Rollie Fingers and Marquard I sent in to get authenticated, the Fingers came back as "Authentic" instead of with a number grade. What I'm not sure about is the McCovey. If it has a grade of Authentic does this mean it was necessiarly altered/etc in some way? Or is it possible that someone was trying to get grading done for less and thus it just got an "Authentic" grade? Is it possible to just request an authentic grade instead of a number grade? If so is there a way to tell the difference from PSA or something?
It seems like maybe the higher serial numbered cards are always graded as authentic and lower serial numbers are graded, and then can be deemed authentic if they were altered/etc?
On my group sub, if the Fingers got an "authentic", it means that in the opinion of the grader that day, they believed the card itself had an alteration or defect of some sort that would not qualify it for a number grade. This is because I asked for grades, not just for authentics.
On the McCovey, you would have to know whether or not the original submitter asked for them to assign grades or just to authenticate. Just because it is in an "authentic" slab, you cannot assume that it's been altered. I used to send all my submissions in for "authentic" only, because to me, I trust my own eyes to tell me it's pretty, more than I did for them to assign a number to it. However, after having about 150 cards "authentic" only, I found out when I went to sell or trade a couple, that everyone had the misguided impression that since it wasn't in a number slab, that something was wrong with it and that's not correct.
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