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A couple of recent additions...

1982 Topps #21 Ripken RC that looks fine to me. This is exactly what 99.99% of cards coming out of packs looked like that summer, so I have no problem with it. And the 1962 Mantle has 'invisible' wax/gum residue on it...I guess. Can't see anything. What's pretty cool about the 'highlight' cards from that year (Stan the Man, The Killer, etc.) is the overlooked fact that they have the full player stats by season on back. The players' regular cards only showed full stats from the previous season and career totals.

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I picked up a Schmidt rc at a steal......
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I picked up a Schmidt rc at a steal......

Nice. With that card, tilt is usually more of a problem than the centering. Early 1970s cards in many cases were condition doozies, and this particular one is a poster child for that, IMO.


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The 1969 Parker White Letter is a tough variation to grab, so I don't have a problem with it being a tad O/C...but, man, the umps at PSA are really squeezing Tom Terrific's strike zone with this qualifier. The pitch clearly hit the corner of the plate, but they called it a ball anyway...

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...but, man, the umps at PSA are really squeezing Tom Terrific's strike zone with this qualifier. The pitch clearly hit the corner of the plate, but they called it a ball anyway...
PSA's standard for a 9 is 60/40 to 65/35. I would agree that one could have gone the other way.
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Another real tough to find 1972 Topps high number, #699 Bobby Murcer, that is just a tad bit O/C as compared to a straight PSA 9...

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A couple more sharp-cornered HOFer cards I picked up for but a fraction of the price straight 9's sell for. The 1973 Topps #190 Bob Gibson is just a tiny bit, harmlessly o/c top to bottom, and the surreally yellow/green 1974 Topps #110 Billy Williams has a small, virtually non-existent amount of obligatory wax/gum residue on the back. The scan makes it look much, much darker than it is in real life. Cool stuff...

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A couple (few?) more cool, smiling, high grade OC HOFers...

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Because of the O/C qualifier I was able to add this card to my collection.
If centering is a must then the 1954 Topps issue is not for you.
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To limit my response to two words, all I can say is, "YOW - ZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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A pair of tough 1957s that are fine just as God (Topps?) made them...

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An oddly sunburned(?) Say Hey Kid and a trio of all-time great sluggers having a grand old time...

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I hate the term 'great eye appeal,' but to me neither of these o/c cards suffer from a lack of it.
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A pair of 1972 PSA 9 high numbers that almost never appear up for auction, and since they're just a touch OC, I got them at a beautiful price...

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A quartet of yumminess...

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Thank God I don't have COCD (Cardboard Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), because these tough, sharp cornered 1967 Topps high numbers don't bother me much at all...

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Thank God I don't have COCD (Cardboard Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), because these tough, sharp cornered 1967 Topps high numbers don't bother me much at all...

Nice cards, would not bother me either. 67's are deceptively tough because even if perfectly centered, the borders are a bit thinner than some issues. Finding one close to centered with zero tilt is next to impossible anyway. I certainly would not try to build a 67 set that had super stringent centering requirements.
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A quartet of cool high-grade, but qualified, cards...

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Here are some recent pick-ups (with commentary)...

The 1973 Strikeout Leaders' (from 1974) 'print defect' is a tiny bit of extraneous snow/dots in a couple of places, but it doesn't bother me none and I got this great card featuring two legendary hurlers together for less than $20 total (and it is perfectly centered). The 1964 Ed Charles Stand-Up has the obligatory wax/gum stain on its blank back, and the 1976 'Eck' rookie card has what I like to call a WTF qualifier...



This 1972 Jim Fregosi Traded high number is as close as you can possibly get to NOT being deemed off-center. It's a head scratcher (the back is centered). 99.9% of all '72 Steve Garvey highs are much too close to the top border, so although it's a tad bit hinky looking (although side to side it's right on the money), I bought this one instead of taking out a loan to shell out $400-$500 for a straight 9 that is only a tiny bit better in the top to bottom centering arena (check out ebay to see the pricing/look of other PSA 9 OC's). The 1973 Frank Robinson is a majestic card and everyone knows how ridiculously hard it is to find nice 1971's that aren't plagued by chipping, so this beautiful 'a little low' Jim Bunning is fine by me...

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It seems a miscut is when part of the picture/border/etc. is 'missing.' If something is 99.9% off centered, but nothing is actually missing, it gets the OC. If a hair of the picture or actual border (not the 'white areas') is missing, it gets the MC.

In my 1969 WL Mantle in this thread, a tiny bit of the round number bubble on back is cut off, so it was deemed MC.

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Ah, the difference in grading companies-

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..Agreed ....we all learned fairly quickly where to send our lesser-centered '50s cardboard......I'm over-the-top mentally unbalanced about side-to-side centering but strangely I can tolerate this type of T-to-B like your Berra and Spahn ; ..

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I'm over-the-top mentally unbalanced without qualifiers! I've always been more about having stronger corners than centering. For the 53 Bowman set, one either accepts what they find or uses quite a bit of patience, discretion and money to build a set with perfect centering. I can live better with more at the top than having less, side to side I have some with 15/85, but I am completely happy with 65/35.

I have 2 Spahns- this one and a BVG 3 which has nice corners and perfect centering, but it has a 2 inch horizontal line wrinkle starting from the left side and running near the mitt. The BVG 3 has better eye appeal, but the PSA has strong borders and no creases or wrinkles. This week the BVG 3 is my keeper, next week-who knows?
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A quartet of (for me) coolness...

The 1972 Morgan and Cepeda cards are just a tad/touch/smidgen too high top to bottom to get straight grades. Oh well, but I'm ecstatic to have them. The 1969 Johnny Bench is a wonderfully celebrated (see, I took my own advice https://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=277906) card that has what should have been easily-wiped-away (see-through) gum residue on the front...and I mistakenly bought the '59 Dark (which looks pretty frickin' nice), because I came to the hurried conclusion that it was a high number. Missed it by THAT much...

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Take a ride on the stain train...

1957 Topps tough series Danny Kravitz has a small amount of non-problematic wax/gum residue of back. The 1964 Frank Malzone Stand-Up has a tiny bit of the obligatory wax/gum stain on its blank back, and both the 1965 Killebrew and 1966 high number Mahaffey look as clean as a freshly Windexed window. No matter how much they're tilted in the sunlight, I can't pick up even a hint of a 'stain.' Perhaps there's an unseen bit of residue that's only visible when the cards are actually in-hand and not in a slab?? Dunno...

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Here's one I didn't expect. I sent a bunch of Mantle cards in to be graded in March and they just came back yesterday. Grades were all over the place, got a couple 8's I didn't expect but also two 1's that I thought were better.

The most surprising one to me is this 1962 Mantle All Star. Do think the MC qualifier is because of the bottom border on the front, or the top of the circle on the back?
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It's gotta be the back circle. I have a 1969 WL Mantle that's a 6 MC for the same reason, the circle on back is just a hair cropped off. Back MC's are great (for buyers, not graders), because you can usually get them at a severe discount and the front isn't affected at all.
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I was extremely happy to grab this pair of all-time greats. Both are just a slight hair of a tad off-center top to bottom to get straight grades, but they look pretty sweet to me, with sharp corners and beautiful clarity (and the Ryan is one of the best cards ever!!!)...

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