Archive for Beckett Grading

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1971 Topps Dave Concepcion

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been doing quite a bit of upgrading over the last few months. One of the cards I upgraded somewhat recently was m 1971 Topps Dave Concepcion rookie card.  The 1971 set is a really tough set to get in good condition.  Those black borders make the cards susceptible to chipping, which was a major problem for my original Concepcion:

 photo ED0AD10B-D185-432D-BCBF-DB8EEE7560CA_zpsjlwyzvqh.jpg
I didn’t pay much for the raw conception, but was always open for an upgrade. And then came along an opportunity for a Beckett Graded slabbed copy that looked really nice. The cost was actually not much more than what it would have cost just to have any card graded. That’s a big win for a key member of those great Reds teams of the 1970s.
 photo CEE741CE-0DE4-48E0-9672-6145FAEB680B_zpsouesd90x.jpg

Rookie Card Upgrade 8: 2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractor Craig Kimbrel (BGS 9)

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , on November 25, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I have a thing for electric closers. Kimbrel definitely fits the mold and about three years ago I bought this raw 2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph for my collection.

  
Kimbrel has been a stud ever since, but demand for his cards decreased due in part to the fact that he had since been traded to the San Diego Padres. About a month ago a BGS graded refractor version of the card hit COMC at less than the price of a blaster box. Needless to say I popped on it.  

And then as the card was being shipped to me, Kimbrel was traded to the Boston Red Sox, my favorite team. Timing was perfect for this acquisition. 

Rookie Card Upgrade 6: 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

For the longest time I considered myself lucky to own a BGS 8 copy of the 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez.

It’s probably hard to remember now just how hot this card was in this hobby, but believe me, once grades get above an 8, things got pretty expensive. 

So when I scored an 8 on a copy I submitted to Beckett Grading about a half decade ago I was pretty happy.

  
Well, we know that A-Rod’s legacy has taken a major hit a few times since then and the value of his SP rookie has plummeted. And even with his resurgence this year, mint copies are now fairly affordable.

  
A few weeks ago while writing my column for Beckett Baseball, the one on stands now, I considered whether or not it was time for me to seek a rock solid mint copy of this iconic rookie for my collection. 

After moving a few extra pieces in my collection I found a nice copy to replace my BGS 8. Even with his checkered history, this is still a must-own card for rookie card collectors.

  

Debate: Crack and submit or leave as is

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

So, I threw this out on Twitter earlier but figured I’d add it here as well. Curious how you’d proceed with this. At this moment I am uncertain what I will do.

Here’s the issue: I own a T206 Roger Bresnahan card that is graded a GAI 1, Poor. Bresnahan is a Hall of Famer. I collect Hall of Famers. I also prefer Beckett Grading to any other grading service I am already submitting cards to Beckett Grading this week, so I could add this to my package

Here’s the hang up. Look at the slab it’s in. The label inside notes that this is the first Bresnahan T206 graded by GAI.

Do I crack the GAI case and destroy what is the only one in existence like this, or proceed to BVG and have it more uniform with the rest of my BGS items?

20150208-155810.jpg

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1966 Topps Jim Palmer

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Jim Palmer is kind of one of those Hall of Fame players who easily gets overlooked. Palmer also gets passed over quite a bit in the hobby. I once purchased this raggedy 1966 Topps Jim Palmer rookie for under $10, a place holder in my collection:

20150114-141038.jpg
It served its purpose. But I always knew that it had to be upgraded at some point, preferably a centered copy graded by a BVG.

During a recently eBay spree I managed to find a gorgeous BVG 5 that looked dead center, and was not creased. It came with another card, but for about $40, the pair seemed like a deal, especially since the Palmer was exactly what I was looking for and I figured I could sell the other card for about half of what I paid for the lot.

Welcome home, Jim.

20150114-141341.jpg