Pros and Cons of the Dreaded OC Qualifier
Qualifiers are considered the kiss of death by many collectors of PSA graded cards. I'd like to hear opinions pro and con regarding the merits of one qualifier in particular, the dreaded off center (OC) qualifier. Below is a '76 OPC Seaver PSA 9OC that is currently listed on eBay. '70s OPC HOF'ers in mint condition are quite rare. This card is in mint condition but is also considerably off center; it would likely earn a 5 if graded without qualifiers. However, being graded 9OC tells a prospective online buyer so much more about the condition of the card than if it were graded 5. For example, a 5 could potentially have one or more significant flaws in addition to being off center which may not be detectable by viewing a scan/photo on a computer screen (especially given the poor quality scans/photos many sellers post), whereas it's pretty clear without the need to even see the card that the only flaw of a 9OC is that it's off center. Based upon PSA's website, graders may assign the OC qualifier at their discretion but my sense is that they rarely do anymore as qualifiers are considered passe to most collectors these days. I prefer the former approach of allowing the customer to elect whether or not to have their cards graded with or without qualifiers rather than leaving it up to the discretion of the graders. Your thoughts?