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Old 08-12-2017, 04:38 PM
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Default What are your card must haves?

A great aspect of the hobby are collector's varying attractions to a card's make-up. For me it's (in order of importance)

1. Centering
2. Registration (clarity of image, lack of print defect)
3. Corners
4. Stains
5. Paper integrity (chipping, rough edges)

Would be curious to hear opinions of others here and Add a card that typifies your choices!

Here's mine:
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:55 PM
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Hey AJ. Good topic. Mine would be:

Centering
Corners
Registration
Staining
Paper Loss (back)

Centering use to be down the list but in the last 5 years, it has went to the top.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:04 PM
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My list would look just like yours AJ. centering is A1 for me.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:41 PM
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Mine would be - do I have it or not?

If I don't already have it - who the hell cares what it looks like?

I think all of the people who worry about the condition are certifiably insane. You show me a PSA 10 and I'll show you a card that has been doctored. You show me a PSA 1 and I'll show you a card that has lived a good life and that was well loved.

Fortunately for me, the majority of card collectors care more about shallow appearances than actual substance. Of course living in LA - on a daily basis I see that this last statement applies to a whole lot more people than just card collectors! ;-)
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:57 PM
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If the card doesn't have sharp corners I'm not really interested.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:03 PM
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Mine would be - do I have it or not?

If I don't already have it - who the hell cares what it looks like?

I think all of the people who worry about the condition are certifiably insane. You show me a PSA 10 and I'll show you a card that has been doctored. You show me a PSA 1 and I'll show you a card that has lived a good life and that was well loved.

Fortunately for me, the majority of card collectors care more about shallow appearances than actual substance. Of course living in LA - on a daily basis I see that this last statement applies to a whole lot more people than just card collectors! ;-)
^^+1^^ If the card is mostly there with no paper loss on the players face and/or a huge crease through the players face I like it.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:12 PM
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My approach is: is this a problem the card had when it came out of the pack? If so, I don't care so much. So gum stains, centering, print marks, etc., not usually a big deal. Creases, stains, writing, rips, etc., more of a problem.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:14 PM
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Mine would be - do I have it or not?

If I don't already have it - who the hell cares what it looks like?

I think all of the people who worry about the condition are certifiably insane. You show me a PSA 10 and I'll show you a card that has been doctored. You show me a PSA 1 and I'll show you a card that has lived a good life and that was well loved.

Fortunately for me, the majority of card collectors care more about shallow appearances than actual substance. Of course living in LA - on a daily basis I see that this last statement applies to a whole lot more people than just card collectors! ;-)
+1 For a lot of the stuff I've been into lately, I'm just happy to find an example. And if it is burned, has holes, or is almost torn in half, I'll still take it.

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I'm sure there is a huge difference in the level of concern with regards to centering and corners based on whether you focus on pre-war or post-war cards. Since I collect the latter (and they are 'easier' to find), I look for sharp corners first, while centering (as well as other things) is less important. If I collected the older stuff, I'm sure the sharpness of the corners would drop down on my requirements list, simply because it would be much harder to find the cards I want, so I couldn't afford to be too picky.
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I like my cards well centered and with sharp corners, like my Diamond Stars Hornsby. Sometimes I am willing to accept minor defects like my Goudey Ruth.

But seriously, my lower condition collecting no-no has been damage or heavy crease through the player's face.

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