Advice for Beginner! Getting Dad's cards graded.
My late father gave me a large collection of Topps Football cards. I’m looking to have a few of them graded, but I have a few questions about the process.
I’m going to have the cards rated by PSA, but I’m not sure how their payment process works. I saw that they require advance payment. Do I need to pay them what I think the card is worth? Do they then charge more/refund if I’m incorrect? Basically, is their service strictly an appraisal or am I also paying them for the speed of their service and that sort of thing?
Also, my dad put some of the cards in cases, not card sleeves. They aren’t screwed shut. They don’t appear tight enough to have damaged the cards, but I’m not sure how to open them. Does anyone have experience with this? I’m very nervous attempting to open these cases. Regardless of what the cards are ultimately worth, I don’t want to damage anything! I’ll provide pictures if necessary.
I’m really grateful for any information you can give me. I’m a complete beginner!