~ Grading & Pricing ~

CARD GRADING & PRICING ADJUSTMENTS

~Grading & Pricing Standard~ Here's the  grading & pricing standard I use for buying and selling ungraded cards.  I use it with Beckett's HI column for adjusting values based on the age and condition of my cards.  Of course I look for lower when buying and higher when selling, but I continue to look for the middle ground in trying to keep this chart up-to-date.  It'll always be a work in progress.  Stars tend to deviate more from this chart than do commons.  For grading, I typically figure out the worst category's grade and then I average the other 3 category's grades.  I'll split the difference up to 1 full grade higher, but will rarely go above that.  I always round down when the numbers aren't even.  

*Example 1: If the Corners are 3, but the Surface, Edges, and Centering average 5 or higher, then I treat the card as a 4. 

*Example 2: If the Corners are 3, but the Surface, Edges, and Centering average 4, then I treat the card as a 3.5.    

*Example 3: If the Corners are 3, but the Surface, Edges, and Centering average 4.5, then the card is 3.75 so I round down to 3.5. 

CATEGORIZING PLAYERS
    
I like to use the voting results from previous Hall of Fame ballots to categorize cards into Stars, Semi-Stars, Minors Stars, and Commons.  It's not a perfect solution.  I used to figure that all HOF'ers should automatically be considered stars for pricing, but that's not exactly true.  Managers, Pioneers, Executives, Umpires, and players of other leagues don't always command superstar values.  Some non-HOF'ers command higher prices than some HOF'ers.  In many cases, price guide listings just haven't been updated in many years.  Since I've been solely focused on buying/selling vintage baseball cards from the 1940's through the 1980's, I figured it was time to share my method

~Super Star List~ This list consists of everyone that received at least 59% of the HOF vote during their best year on the ballot.  It also consists of HOF'ers that didn't get in through the normal voting process.  Not everyone on this list is a HOF'er.  Although I would consider the majority of the cards listed here to be super stars, some of them might also be considered semi-stars, minor stars, or even commons, so good judgment must be exercised when implementing this far from perfect list.  

~Semi-Star List~ This list consists of everyone that received between 3%-59% of the HOF vote during their best year on the ballot.  There are also HOF'ers on this list that didn't get in through the normal voting process.  Although I would consider the majority of the cards listed here to be semi-stars, some of them might also be considered superstars, minor stars, or even commons, so good judgment must be exercised when implementing this far from perfect list.  
    
~Minor Star List~  This list consists of everyone that received at least 1 HOF but less than 3% of the HOF vote during their best year on the ballot.  There are also HOF'ers on this list that didn't get in through the normal voting process.  Although I would consider the majority of the cards listed here to be minor stars, some of them might also be considered commons, semi-stars, or even superstars, so good judgment must be exercised when implementing this far from perfect list.

~Popular List~ This list consists of everyone else that appeared on a HOF ballot but never received a vote.  It also contains HOF'ers that never appeared on the ballot but were voted in as executives, pioneers, umpires, or players of other leagues.

BOOK VALUES

Finally fed up with industry's negligence on pricing vintage baseball cards, I'm uploading my own price guides starting with the 1951 Topps set.  When I look at complete set pricing for 50's, 60's, and 70's sets, I often wonder if price guide companies just pull those numbers out of their @$$.  Actually, leading price guides haven't changed those numbers since the 1990's.  I don't think there's a price guide company out there with a clue, or care, or guts to update vintage baseball card pricing.  I'll start with the most controversially-priced set. 

~1951 Topps~ This is the vintage Topps set most in need of pricing updates, so here's my initial attempt at pricing vintage baseball cards.  It was a small enough project with only 106 cards to consider and the set I disagreed with price guides the most--especially Series B (Blue).  I only priced the set down to 25% BV because that's typically as low as I ever see a vintage set get.  1951 Topps seems to have great set efficiency in comparison with other vintage baseball, meaning that the sum of the individual card values greatly exceed the listed set values.    




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