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Old 03-06-2010, 01:34 PM
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Default ISA Grading Company?

I know there was a thread recently started about a new third party grader (Verisleeve), seems like this is another new one I haven't seen before.

http://www.isagrading.com/

http://cgi.ebay.com/55-1955-Topps-se...item2c53702dd4

From their site:

ISA storms the hobby taking in ten times the amount of cards projected in opening week! Jason Koonce, owner and senior grader of ISA said, “We knew that we had support from numerous dealers and auction houses, but we were still shocked that we brought in just over 17,000 cards for grading in the first week of business. If we continue to gain respect from the collector, the person we care about the most, there’s no telling how big ISA can become.”

Personally I more or less exclusively use SGC and that most likely will never change, but I do find it interesting that more of these fly by night companies are popping up.

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Old 03-06-2010, 01:42 PM
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For right now now the storm seems to be limited to three sellers on ebay.
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:47 PM
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The sellers name is great. The grading company not so much.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:11 PM
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I'm not sure how you could say that unless you've seen the cards firsthand, or sent some in. Inexperienced maybe, new and untried certainly, but not good? I'd think that would have to wait till they've done enough cards.

I must say though that I'm not crazy about having to register to see population reports or the registry. I can sort of see it with PSA since that's part of what you get for the 100 a year, but not for a new place.
Of the two population reports I've looked at I like Beckett over SGC because they show the whole set, not just one card.

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i say give them a chance. maybe that's what the hobby needs. if you want to see some beauts graded by the "established" companies just ask and i'll send it to you.
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I live about half hour away from this new place. The site says you can tour the place by appointment and see how things work. I think I will take them up on their offer. I wonder if PSA or SGC offer tours?
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I'm just stunned actually that SCP, Mile High and H & S would actually pay to put ads on ISA's site. Or perhaps they didn't.
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I'm just stunned actually that SCP, Mile High and H & S would actually pay to put ads on ISA's site. Or perhaps they didn't.
Funny thing is, in some of those ads, they picture PSA slabs.
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This topic has been discussed over on the PSA message boards. It is believed the ISA grading company is owned or operated by New England Sports Cards and/or 4 Sharp Corners on Ebay.
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You've got auction companies "advertising" auctions which closed four months ago on ISA's site. My guess is that the schmuck that owns this company just grabbed some ads, threw them up on his site in an attempt to make it seem as if these auction companies endorse his product. Hard to imagine anyone would pay to advertise on this site. In fact, I'd be stunned if I am wrong, it appears to be a pretty obvious scam. I just can't believe that Goodwin and Memory Lane are not "advertisers" on the site. As for Legendary, I don't think they have three extra nickels to rub together let alone money pay to advertise on this site.

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