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Old 12-28-2007, 11:21 AM
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Posted By: Doug

Here's a question for all the slab crackers out there. Is there any time where you wouldn't crack a card? In most cases if I feel like I'm going to keep a card I prefer to crack it and put it in a screwdown, but I rarely do it on higher priced cards in the event that I will have to sell them in the future. However I just cracked a $2500 card and I'm hoping someone on here will tell me that wasn't a totally insane thing to do... If it matters, the slab it was in was really scratched up and looked like crap.

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Old 12-28-2007, 11:57 AM
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Posted By: DD

Why crack the card at all? I know that each collector handles things differently, but since you are going to put it in a screwdown anyway, then why crack it?

If you collect raw cards, or just like keeping your cards in an album, I still don't see why you would crack a graded card, assuming you paid a price common to that graded card in the condition you purchased it in.

I remember when Julie V. was actively collecting and posting on this site. If I remember corectly, she would crack graded cards she purchased. When she consigned her collection to REA, they had a portion, if not all, regraded.


In the event you want/need to sell them in the future, don't you think they will bring more if they are graded? Why go through the hassle of grading them again if they were graded in the first place?



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Old 12-28-2007, 12:01 PM
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Posted By: Matt

David - if I'm going to display my cards, I don't want the holders to distract from the cards and appear as a motley crew of mismatched slabs. Some do this by getting all their cards crossed to their graded of choice and some display them without and slab.

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:13 PM
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Posted By: Doug

"Why crack the card at all? I know that each collector handles things differently, but since you are going to put it in a screwdown anyway, then why crack it?"

Like I said it mostly had to do with the fact that the original PSA holder was all scratched up and it looks much better in a brand new clear screwdown.

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:17 PM
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Posted By: Steve Murray

If I have a holder that is cracked or all scratched up I send it to the same grading company to have it re-holdered. That way you have a nice clean slab and the same grade as before. The charge is minimal with SGC. I have no experience with PSA.

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Posted By: Frank

If that is the case, send it in to be reholdered, it's like $5.

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If I was to have it regraded I was going to send it to SGC anyway so I figured I didn't have much to lose. As long as it crosses to the original grade that is...

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Posted By: Joann

Doug,

I used to crack out almost all of my graded cards. I don't have a whole lot of each type, so I liked having an E95 and a CJ in toploaders so the thin paper and fragile nature of these issues is easy to feel directly. I just like having them in toploaders.

I don't do it as much anymore, but not for any particular reason - lack of time is probably as germane as anything. So I'd definitely not worry about cracking something out if you like it better presented, displayed and stored a different way. If I have a holder that is all scratched up, I crack it out b/c I'm probably not sending it in for regrade anyways.

The only time I won't crack a card out is if I can see pretty clearly that the grade it got is a stretch for the card, and there is a decent amount of money involved. If I think a card will never see that grade again, it stays in the holder.

I don't even send something like that in for regrade. I'm almost positive that SGC and PSA both reserve the right to change the grade during the reholder process if they see that the grade it had was erroneously given.

So ... no, I don't think you did anything in the least bit wrong or stupid or whatever. I can't see keeping a $2500 card in a scratched up $5 holder.

Joann

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Posted By: Steve Murray

"I'm almost positive that SGC and PSA both reserve the right to change the grade during the reholder process if they see that the grade it had was erroneously given."

Are you sure? Never heard that before.

Anyone here agree with Joann?

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I actually think I have heard that they can do that, but I've never heard of it happening to anybody. I've just had grades changed on crossovers.

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