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Card graded by Acu-Card, Inc. in 1989

Who was Acu-Card,Inc. ?
Sometime between 1988 and 1990 I went to a card show outside of Boston, purchased a cello pack of 1967 Topps for $10, opened it, and pulled this Stargell card out of the middle. I then proceeded to a new grading service table at the show and they graded this card for free. Anyone know who Acu-Card was or what became of them? Anyone have a card graded earlier than 1988-90 in their collection? Thoughts and comments welcome.


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    brad31brad31 Posts: 2,668 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 9, 2020 1:11PM

    Never heard of them - but looks properly graded to me. Might even be a half grade light.

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    MphilkingMphilking Posts: 1,570 ✭✭✭

    I never heard of them, That looks like a pretty fair grade to me? That's a sharp Stargell!

    I always liked USA. My personal experience with them had been good.

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    grote15grote15 Posts: 29,600 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 9, 2020 4:34PM


    I believe this was a spinoff of Accugrade, which was a company founded by Alan Hager who primarily graded coins under the acronym ACG.

    Very sharp card!

    Collecting 1970s Topps baseball wax, rack and cello packs, as well as PCGS graded Half Cents, Large Cents, Two Cent pieces and Three Cent Silver pieces.
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    coolstanleycoolstanley Posts: 2,520 ✭✭✭✭✭

    67 cello pack for 10 bucks? What a deal lol

    Terry Bradshaw was AMAZING!!

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    SenateSaloonSenateSaloon Posts: 114 ✭✭✭

    @coolstanley said:
    67 cello pack for 10 bucks? What a deal lol

    It may have been $20. It was cheap. It was also about 1989.

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    PNWcollectorPNWcollector Posts: 307 ✭✭✭✭

    dude that's a sweet card!

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    flcardtraderflcardtrader Posts: 792 ✭✭✭

    @coolstanley said:
    67 cello pack for 10 bucks? What a deal lol

    If I remember correctly, 1985 Topps Wax was going for $5-$7 in 1989.....some are born winners ($10 1967 Cello) and some are still paying $5-$7 for each 1985 Wax Pack.

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    clarke442clarke442 Posts: 607 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think I may have some Hockey "Blank Back Proofs" graded by them.
    I remember I purchased them at a show in Providence RI back in the early to mid-90's.
    The dealer had a stack of them and said this was the only company that would grade "Proof" cards.
    Being a hockey fan, I bought some, I believe they were $8 each or 3 for $20.
    So yeah, I bought 3.
    Good Times. (LOL)

    By the way, that "Pack Fresh" Stargell is nice!

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    saucywombatsaucywombat Posts: 1,221 ✭✭✭

    I'm impressed that they are spot on with the grade and btw the nicest 8 you're ever going to see.

    Also had no idea card grading and encapsulation was available in the 80's.

    The first cards I had graded were with PSA in 1999.

    Always looking for 1993-1999 Baseball Finest Refractors and1994 Football Finest Refractors.
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    olb31olb31 Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a fantastic Stargell. Centering 9 or 10, Edges 9 or 10, corners 9 or 10, Surface looks great. At a minimum this is a 9, IMO. But of course, I did get 5 PSA 4's in my last submission, so I could be wrong.

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    SenateSaloonSenateSaloon Posts: 114 ✭✭✭

    That Stargell is the first and last card I ever slabbed. Mostly because I quit collecting around 1991. I would be interested how this would grade with PSA but I don’t plan to submit. My favorite part of this card is how bright the green reverse is. So often faded green and white to yellow. This one is bright bright. Thanks for all the input.

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    wrestlingcardkingwrestlingcardking Posts: 4,555 ✭✭✭✭

    Amazing card!!!!!!

    BUYING Frank Gotch T229 Kopec
    Looking to BUY n332 1889 SF Hess cards and high grade cards from 19th century especially. "Once you have wrestled everything else in life is easy" Dan Gable
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    ScocsScocs Posts: 31 ✭✭

    Looks like a 9 to me. I’d send it to PSA in the holder and see if they’d bump it up....or would you be better off cracking it out and submitting?

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    RyansRustRyansRust Posts: 179 ✭✭✭

    Hmm I assume ASA is different than this so I'll add it to the list...

    Many are out of business

    AAI ( American Authentication Inc)
    AGS (Advanced Grading Specialists)
    ASA (Accugrade Sportscard Authentication)
    ASGC (All Star Grading Company)
    BCCG (Beckett Collectors Club Grading)
    BGS (Beckett Grading Service)
    BGUM (Beckett Game Used Memoabilia)
    Blue Chip
    BRG (Best Rate Grading)
    BVG (Beckett Vintage Grading
    Capital Grading
    CCS (Card Collector Services)
    CEX (Certified Express)
    CGA (Card Grading Authenticators)
    CGS (Champs Grading Service)
    CPG (Certified Pro Grading)
    CSA (Certified Sports Authentication)
    CSC (Sports Card Grading Service)
    DCS (Dallas Card Show)
    EGS (Express Grading Service)
    FGS (Finest Grading Service)
    GAI (Global Authentication Inc.) (Bankrupt)
    GAI (Global Authority Inc) (new owners of GAI)
    GEM Elite
    GGI (Gem Grading Inc.)
    GGS (Gem Grading Services)
    GRA (Graded Rookies Authenticated)
    KSA (Kressler Sports Authentication)
    MAP (Screw Down Holder)
    MGS (Masters Grading Services)
    MGS (Mint Grading Service)
    NSA (National Sportscard Authenticators) They slab self made unlicensed cards with "GU" pieces that many feel are fake. They had $1500 reward if proven fake in slab.
    NASA (North American Sportscard Authentication)
    PCCG (Pro's Choice Card Graders)
    PCG (Professional Card Graders)
    PGA (Professional Grading Authority)
    PGC (Premier Grading Certification)
    PGC (Premier Grading Company -same as above?)
    PGC (Pro Grade Certified)
    PGS (Professional Grading Service)
    PRE-Grading Service (uses screwdowns)
    Premium Sports Grading
    PRO (Pro Sports Grading)
    PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator)
    PSA (Pacific Sports Authority)
    PSG (Pristine Sportscard Grading)
    SBC (Superlative Baseball Card Certification)
    SCD Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) folded and was sold to Sports Card Direct (SCD)
    SGC (Sportscard Guaranty)
    SPA (Authenticated)
    Sportscard Grading Association
    SWG (Southwest Card Grading)
    TFA (The Final Authority)
    USA (Ultimate Sportscard Authority)
    Verisleeve (Sticker on Card Saver)
    VGR (Venture 21)
    VSG Vanguard
    WCG (World Class Grading)

    MISC. --

    MINT/ROOKIE/BLANK (Looks like PSA flip and a Mini Pre -Tech 'self slab' with locking tabs) Supposed to become Atlas Grading Inc. with a website in 2010

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    mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 1,047 ✭✭✭✭

    NASA, what a joke those were. I remember seeing a bunch of magazine photos graded by them and dated in the early ebay days, like a 1938 Joe DiMaggio, then the seller would tout it as a rare rookie item. I don't know if they actually did any real grading or if it was a platform for someone to sell old magazine clippings for a fortune.

    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.
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    mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 1,047 ✭✭✭✭

    Pretty sure I have a couple cards graded by this or a very similar labeled company. Bought them on ebay as the price was OK. One for sure is a 64 Hodges blank back that was marked as a proof.

    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.
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    mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 1,047 ✭✭✭✭

    YES! Was able to find a scan...

    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.
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    clarke442clarke442 Posts: 607 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The very first "slabbed" card I bought

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 20, 2023 7:36PM

    ^ Nice card!

    It's the singer not the song - Peter Townshend (1972)

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 20, 2023 7:36PM


    It's the singer not the song - Peter Townshend (1972)

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    rbsalezmanrbsalezman Posts: 88 ✭✭✭
    edited September 3, 2022 12:08AM

    I live in California but was visiting relatives in Ontario, Canada recently. This grading company was popular in the card shops I visited in hopes of finding 1970’s OPC baseball singles. They’re not on the extensive list above.


    They have a pretty big dealer network north of the border.


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    jimradjimrad Posts: 2,777 ✭✭✭

    I picked this up back in the day before PSA

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    handymanhandyman Posts: 5,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In 1990 I saw a guy buy a 1967 rack pack with mantle on the back for 150.00
    He also opened it for the mantle of course

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    JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,448 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My first graded card was ASA. Spoke with Alan Hager on the phone prior to purchase.

    Paid "double book" for a card overgraded by about 3 full grades.

    Only time I made the mistake of dealing with ASA.

    2013,14 and 15 Certificate Award Winner Harmon Killebrew Master Set and Master Topps Set
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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,543 ✭✭✭✭

    @jimrad said:

    I picked this up back in the day before PSA

    Ha.... that ain't no proof! It's just a picture cut off the front of an empty wax box.... It's not even cut straight!

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