~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.
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.