Graded cards are the pissing match of collecting.
Think about it. Suppose I have a Wayne Gretzky rookie card–not graded like the one above, which sold for $94,000 earlier this month–but a nice, ungraded one. Or maybe I pulled it from a pack 30 years ago and kept it safely tucked away.
Then you get a Gretzky rookie.
But I say mine is better–because yours isn’t perfect for one reason or another. Besides, my Gretzky RC is, uh…mint-ier. We own the same card, but somehow mine is better than yours. It just has to be.
Enter card grading.
Now we get our Gretzky rookie cards graded. Yours gets a 9, and mine only gets an 8.5.Or maybe you just flat out buy one that is graded at 9 or 9.5.
We may both own a Gretzky rookie, but according to the grading service, your card is better than mine.
Clearly, you are the better collector because you own cards in better condition. You can afford near-mint graded cards, drive a Mercedes Benz and eat prime rib. I must somehow be satisfied with mid-grade or–gasp!–ungraded cards, take the bus and dine on Steak-Umms.
Oh, and you win the pissing contest.
And I don’t mean any of YOU personally. I mean YOU in the hypothetical sense.
Now that I’ve ranted voiced my opinion, here is my question: Do you collect graded cards?
I care what you think! I’ve added a poll (top of the right sidebar column). Please take a moment to vote, and feel free to post your thoughts about graded cards here.