Collectors Corner #18 – The Trimmed Card Scandal

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In this episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the Stanley Cup Finals and Calder Cup Finals, the Topps of the Class promotion, Panini’s Fathers Day weekend and the PWCC trimmed card scandal. The clip is just under 10 minutes long, so give it a listen! 

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Author: Sal Barry

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One thought on “Collectors Corner #18 – The Trimmed Card Scandal”

  1. This probably isn’t the place for this but…

    The card trimming epidemic that has overtaken the graded card industry is bigger than a “by-line” (see what I did there?). It is great that you named names (PWCC, Moser, PSA). Should have also threw out Beckett for good measure. We all know it’s been happening for years but now that grading cards has become the standard, it’s a much bigger issue.

    It was interesting when Ron asks, “What’s wrong with trimming a card?” That is THE reason why this hasn’t blown up into the national media and drawn a bigger investigation. The main stream “lay people” in the public that aren’t into collectibles, antiques, memorabilia, etc. have no idea why this is such a huge thing. If they could see the difference in monetary level of interest in graded vs. non-graded, mid-grade vs. low grade, or high grade card sales, I think it would be a real eye opener.

    For example…A PSA 2 ’54 Bowman Mantle sold recently for $340. A PSA 3 sold for $479. PWCC sold a PSA 4 for $520. Another sold later for $681. A PSA 5 sold for $849. However, a PSA 6 sold for $1,711.

    Look at the sales this way…

    Grading Assignment
    Ungraded – – $197.50 6/27/19
    1 – – $224 6/23/19
    2 – – $340 6/29/19
    3 – – $479 6/24/19
    4 – – $520 & $681 6/30/19
    5 – – $849 6/29/19
    6 – – $1,711 7/1/19

    So the difference between just a 5 and 6, which most people probably couldn’t distinguish, is $862! That’s a lot of money, especially if this is being done over, and over again. You buy three 4’s (which seem to be more prevalent) at $500, crack them, trim them, and resubmit to get a 5 or 6 grade…that becomes a $1000-$3,000 profit on fraud alone. It’s disgusting.

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