707 Sportscards Ltd. - Information on Grading of cards

There are many factors that affect the grade of a card. To some people, the overall eye appeal is more important than what the technical grade is. Defects in printing and poor handling come into play when assigning a grade to a card. Some defects bother one person, but not the next. We have pictures of all cards we auction in order for you the buyer to determine if the card pictured meets your personal grading standards. Be it a PSA graded card or a card that we've assigned a grade to ourselves, these standards vary from person to person. What is acceptable to one person, may be unacceptable to the next. Some people just want to enjoy the card and don't want to learn or worry about the grading and authentication part of it. This isn't a problem when buying from knowledgeable and professional dealers like us, but there are many sellers out there who simply don't know any better. This is why the professional grading of cards has become so popular. Specifically - PSA - Professional Sports Authenticators - PSA graded cards. They've made it very easy and safe for the casual buyer to just enjoy the cards. You are not buying based on the sellers opinion. You are buying based on an opinion that is widely accepted among the hobby. Many of the cards we auction are PSA graded cards. When you hear people talking about people buying and selling graded cards, PSA is where all the activity is. On Ebay some people don't even put pictures up of their cards, and the simple fact that the card has been PSA graded is good enough for the cards to sell for much more than if the card was described as anything else. When a card has been PSA graded, it is widely accepted as being something of value by the majority of collectors and dealers. With all that interest PSA graded cards are very easy to buy and sell. You know the card has been independently authenticated, and the appropriate grade has been assigned to the card. What this makes the card worth is entirely up to you, but at least you know you are buying something that other people would also be willing to buy. PSA grades cards on a 1 to 10 point scale with 10 being the highest. They also add qualifiers when one particular defect would affect the overall grade of a card in a significant way, such as OC for off-center. By using the qualifiers a buyer can get a better sense of what something looks like when sometimes having to buy cards sight unseen. The qualified card is of course worth less than an unqualified card, but at least you know what the card looks like. Here is PSA's grading scale, and information about the qualifiers they use.

PSA Grade

Traditional Grade

PSA 10

Gem Mint

PSA 9

Mint

PSA 8

NM-MT

PSA 7

NM

PSA 6

EXMT

PSA 5

EX

PSA 4

VG-EX

PSA 3

VG

PSA 2

GD

PSA 1

PR-FR

Qualifier

Example - Meaning

PD

8 PD - An otherwise 8 quality card with manufacturer's printing defects that are too noticeable to allow for an un-qualified grade. Depending on the severity of the print defects, the card may qualify as an un-qualified 7 grade card.

MK

8 MK - An otherwise 8 quality card which has had some form of writing or stray pen or pencil marks. A card with such marks would receive this qualifier regardless of the grade.

OF

8 OF - An otherwise 8 quality card that has been printed with improper registration of the various colors, resulting in a blurry or out of focus picture quality. Depending on the overall appearance, the card may grade un-qualified at a lower grade.

ST

8 ST - An otherwise 8 quality card that either has a stain of some sort or has severe toning not acceptable at that grade. The stain can be wax or gum on the front or back of the card. The stain can also be water, coffee, tea, etc. Depending on the nature of the stain the card could go un-qualified at a lower grade.

OC

8 OC - An otherwise 8 quality card that has been cut too off-center to qualify for a "clean" grade. Depending on how bad the centering is, the card may receive an un-qualified grade at the next lowest grade which would allow for the centering measurement. The centering requirements for each grade are listed below.

MC 8 MC - When a card is off-center to the point where the picture or text is affected, or part of the picture or text from the adjacent card is showing, the card is labeled as a mis-cut. This mis-cut is different than the mis-cut associated with an abnormally shaped card in which PSA won't holder because of the odd shape. 

PSA Grade

Allowable Centering Measurement Range - Measured from the most off-center area. Front much more crucial than reverse. If your centering needs are stricter than what PSA allows, then it is a good idea to ask for a better description before purchasing any card.

PSA 10

No worse than 55-45 to 60-40 on the Front and 75-25 Back

PSA 9

No worse than 60-40 to 65-35 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 8

No worse than 65-35 to 70-30 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 7

No worse than 70-30 to 75-25 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 6

No worse than 80-20 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 5

No worse than 85-15 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 4

No worse than 85-15 on the Front and 90-10 Back

PSA 3

No worse than 90-10 on the Front and Back

PSA 2

No worse than 90-10 on the Front and Back

PSA 1

No worse than 90-10 on the Front and Back

707 Sportscards Ltd. ~ Box 707 ~ Plumsteadville, PA 18949
Phone - (215)766-9700 ~ Fax - (215)766-9800 ~ Email - levi@707sportscards.com
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