Alteration vs. Conservation? (Now defined by PWCC)
In coin world, altered is altered. You most certainly do not clean, dip or scrub. This one intrigues me because almost any collector of anything recognizes or has at least heard of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. But I am curious to hear your thoughts on this card offered from one of the apparent top e-auction houses. Is this an acceptable “asset” to let roll out?
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Later this month we will publish our Marketplace Tenets which, among other things, touches on the differences between alteration and conservation. Until then, I will summarize why this card is still live in our auction.
In our view, there's a difference between conservation and alteration. Conservation is any act which returns a card closer to its as-manufactured condition and does not render the card artificially different from the as-manufactured state. Removal of dirt, glue, pencil marks, wax, etc. are good examples of conservation, so long as it's done in a way that doesn't affect the natural properties of a card.
Alteration is very different from conservation in that it generally involves the addition of a foreign matter to a card (i.e. recoloring or corner rebuilding) or the removal of material (i.e. trimming, erasing print, etc).
The ‘52 Mantle in question shows no signs of alteration based on these definitions, so it is an acceptable asset to be sold on the marketplace.
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