No-name to PSA Crackout Experiment
I bought this 1992 Bowman Pedro Martinez slabbed by a company called CSA. Paid $7. I cracked it out and it looks as good as any I've ever seen. My theory is that is a card is gem mint to begin with, then the no-name grader's opinion is meaningless. I've had success crossing over no-name 10 to PSA 10 before. If the Pedro gets a 9, I'll take a loss as 9's can be found for $20 but 10's are $100+. Worth a gamble.
Also cracked out this 1993 Finest Tim Wakefield Refractor, graded 9.8 N-GEM (whatever that means) by Pro Grading. This card is nowhere near gem, as I can see a surface scratch along the right border, a dimple near the center & the usual refractor line. I think a PSA 9 is probably out of the question, but I'm hoping for an 8. This is a favorite PC card & I just want it slabbed by PSA, even if it's lower.
These cards advanced into assembly today so I should know soon. I waited until they were past grading to post because I'd wonder if PSA graders might see this forum, and I didn't want them to have knowledge of the prior grades.
BTW - 8 card order, 65 day value service. Arrived 12/20, grading 12/26, assembly 12/29. Quickest I've ever seen. Maybe it will be stuck for a while in assembly but still very fast.