Newbie Set Building Observations
First let me say many of the sets I've seen here are unbelievable, not just an easy to finish player set but sets requiring a couple hundred cards like NFL HOF sets. Not only are there multiple 100% sets but also with high graded cards! Wow!
One thing I noticed is that there is a difference between set builders trying to finish a set with high grades and those trying to finish a set with the players best cards, and of course some doing both. The set I'm really going to concentrate on is a bit of both, I would love to have the top RC for every NFL HOFer with all high grades, probably not going to happen. I have many of these cards already but they are graded by BVG/BGS and to try and replace them with similar grades from PSA will cost multiple thousands. I may consider converting once PSA catches up from the backlog...that remains to be seen.
I can see from my short time with PSA that the registry is very well received and that a lot of people are active at building sets and upgrading sets, not even a comparison to the registries at Beckett where I've been all these years. I can see the competition just for the sake of competing since getting the top set is nothing more than recognition from your peers, best I can see. This is what makes the hobby so fun.
I also notice that the competition to find good cards and actually winning them is Auction is much harder with PSA graded cards. There seems to be no correlation with what cards are going for today and what the value is in the SMR price guide or even the average value you find when looking the card up on the PSA site....my guess is there is a lot of catching up that is needed here too.
So thanks for all the help in getting started and happy hunting out there!