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Old 08-07-2016, 08:20 AM
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Default PSA August Special - Is it Special?

I recently joined PSA's Collectors Club and just got my first batch of cards back (some good, some disappointed). I have another 50-100 cards that I might want to get graded down the line.

The August "Special" for PSA is:

- $8/card
- $100 max value
- 30 day turnaround

I lack the context to know if this is "special" or not. My gut says it is not very special and, as I am in no hurry to get things graded, to wait.

Thoughts? Is there a specific time of year that the pricing tends to be better?
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:36 AM
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Certainly not their most attractive offer ever. I'm guessing it's due to the fact that with the national they are swamped right now so they don't really need to offer a great deal at the moment. pretty much all spring they had $6 and $6.50 specials.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:47 AM
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Jim,
Your question really depends on what you are grading. What I mean is, if you have 100 1990 Topps cards to grade, infrequently there are $6/card specials for those years (usually break at 1956 and above), at 50 business days. You can also submit with the "bulk service" at $7/ card for 50 days (for all years). If you are grading 100 T206 commons, finding specials for these years are tougher, sometimes $7/card, or use bulk. The only real benefit of the current $8/card special is:
1.If you only have 10 cards regular size and 10 tall boy size and you don't think you will get to a 25 or 50 card minimum that most specials need
2. You can't stand the 50 business day bulk or special and are willing to pay an extra $1-2 for a 30-day return.

Hope this clarifies the mud,
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:20 AM
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Jim,
Your question really depends on what you are grading. What I mean is, if you have 100 1990 Topps cards to grade, infrequently there are $6/card specials for those years (usually break at 1956 and above), at 50 business days. You can also submit with the "bulk service" at $7/ card for 50 days (for all years). If you are grading 100 T206 commons, finding specials for these years are tougher, sometimes $7/card, or use bulk. The only real benefit of the current $8/card special is:
1.If you only have 10 cards regular size and 10 tall boy size and you don't think you will get to a 25 or 50 card minimum that most specials need
2. You can't stand the 50 business day bulk or special and are willing to pay an extra $1-2 for a 30-day return.

Hope this clarifies the mud,
Dave
It's a repeat of last month. Not really "special" at all. Wait for greener pastures.
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:38 AM
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My gut says it is not very special
Trust your gut instinct here
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:26 PM
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August Specials are never going to be the best with the National Week kicking it off.
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Who decides value? On the $100 max value deal, if you have a card you think you could sell for say $200, what if you "value" it at $100 to get the deal?
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:24 AM
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I joined for the first time several months ago. In addition to the 15 freebies I already had graded, I've got about 80 more cards I'd like to get graded. I'm waiting on the right time to jump on it. I've been keeping track of monthly specials since I joined. See below:

April - $5.75/card, 25 min, $100 max value, years 1960-2000...same deal for 1959 and earlier except $6.25/card. Also a $7/card no minimum, $150 max, all year special

May - $6/card, 25 min, $100 max value, 1956-present..same deal for 1955 and earlier except $6.50/card. Also had the same $7/card special as april.

June - Same first two specials as May ($6 for 1956-present, $6.50 for pre-'56) but the third special was $20/card all years, no minimum, $250 max value

July - $8/card no minimum, all years, $100 max value. Also a ticket grading special

August - same as July with the addition of the $20/card, $250 max value offered in June.


So my opinion is April has been the best special so far.

Also, in reply to the previous question about max values. My understanding of it is that you value your cards at what you think they're worth (use SMR, eBay sales, Beckett, whatever...). If they get lost or damaged, PSA's liability is capped at your declared value. So I wouldn't worry too much about submitting a card that you think would sell for $150 on the $100 max value special, but sending a $500 card might be pushing it. It's my understanding they'll grade everything you send on the specials but if anything's damaged or lost then you may have a problem.
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Who decides value? On the $100 max value deal, if you have a card you think you could sell for say $200, what if you "value" it at $100 to get the deal?
There is more misinformation about this topic than, I think, any other with regards to grading.

There are tons of people who believe if you don't value a card high enough you won't get a good grade.

The value is strictly what you would like to receive to replace the card should it be lost or damaged. If you low-ball yourself you are playing with fire, but it has NO bearing on the grade.

I have been submitting to PSA for a LONG time and have never noticed any correlation between valuations and grades. My last submission I valued everything at or below $500 which was more than enough to protect my investment. I got back a 1965 Topps Mantle in 8 (will sell for somewhere around 3k) and a Seaver Rookie in 7 (will sell for around 1k) I always set my value at an amount I need to protect myself if the unthinkable happens, NOT at a value I hope they achieve.
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I have even see many say put down the value of the card as you would expect to pay for it (or did pay for it) raw, as it's basically a replacement value.

I have heard that if you do something egregious, or the cards get grades that move them way out of the value cap, that PSA will upgrade those cards to the proper service level so that they get the right insurance amount when sent back to you. But they will email/call you before that.

I put it a solid raw replacement value on my cards, and I've never had a problem.
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