Does anyone feel PSA is returning to being extremely strict?
In the sense of how it was after the tsunami incident and the shutdown during the pandemic. As if there were too many submissions to manage and disappointing grades might reduce what was coming in, but then they had to be careful not to reduce it too much. I remember that first batch that came back after the shutdown was pretty disappointing but remember hearing from others that it was dreadful, even worse.
After that whole phase, came the point where they were looking to get people submitting again in smaller quantities (higher prices) and then I felt very pleasantly surprised with my grades. More expensive but worth every penny. Much better than the batch that waited a year and even some of them it was like I felt it was a certain grade and it came back a grade higher. Was very happy for a little while. Maybe easing up on the harshness and in some cases overdoing it. As if the graders of death were now the Happy Happy Joy Joy graders.
But since then seems to be trending back to the harshest ever. I'm buying cards on Greg Morris that are listed as NR-MINT and NM_MT and I'm thinking wow, that would be a 7 or an 8 I'd love to have. I might even overpay. Which often needs to be the case because everyone else likes a nice old card in great condition too. But now just had 4 of the 8 that I paid NrMT and NM-MT prices for and rushed them through Value Plus come back as 5s. I'm just feeling like I have to evaluate whether its a game I should keep playing. Spending too much money for something worth so much less (in the PSA holder) than what I invested.
Also feel like my cards look so much uglier and worn in their scans than in my pictures. As if some kids were handling them in a Pokemon deck and then they were turned in for grading. My 1950s cards looked nice but now look lightly played. Which might explain how a NM-MT card gets graded a 5.
Anyone else experiencing something similar?