Help with OPC Gretzky RC grading estimate and PSA submission/pricing Q's
Hey all, i'm new to this board and i've been out of the card scene since the mid-90s. I've had this Gretzky OPC RC since the late 80s - it was stored in a sleeve inside a screwdown case since the day I acquired it. I recently managed to fish it out of a storage box where it had been for the last 15 years (and had been forgotten about - couldn't find my mint Lemiuex RC sadly lol). I'm looking to get it graded with the purpose of selling it. The PSA is completely new to me and i'm pretty confused with the pricing scheme to get this card graded. I understand that I need to give a best estimate of the card and that's going to determine the pricing level I need to select from the PSA. From looking around on Ebay I think this card should grade out to probably a 5, but since it's a Gretzky that really makes the PSA grading cost jump to the highest level ($600). So i'm just looking for some well seasoned eyes to tell me what the approx grade is so I can figure out the right pricing level to select from PSA.
I also have a couple other questions;
- I took the card out of the screw case since I understand that PSA won't take screw cases, and i've put it inside a top loader (still in the sleeve) but apparently I would need to get a Card Saver 1 to send this in?
- Would selling this card ungraded be advisable? I actually have an offer of $3500 USD for the card ungraded, with the understanding that if the buyer (who's going to put it up for auction), gets over $4000 for the card we split the profit. Would this be an avenue to go down? I personally feel that I need to get the card graded to know exactly what value i'm dealing with (and increase the value), along with for authentication purposes.
- Is getting the card graded by BGS an option or is PSA the only way to go for grading this card?
I've attached some pics the best I can (light glare is a pain) - the corners are a bit scuffed, the bottom right being the worst, but it's centered, no real color washout, and no print artifacts aside from something going on with the "R" in Oilers.
Thanks in advance for your help!