What is BGS and PSA? Why do the numbers mean? What is a 'pop'?
These terms are important.
BGS stands for Beckett's Grading Service
PSA stands for Professional Sports Authority
Both companies grade cards.
PSA is the oldest. The give grades from 9-10 - any lower grade and I do not buy it.
BGS is newer and has a different scale - they grade 9.0 9.5 and 10.0 - any lower and I do not buy it.
The key thing is this: a PSA 10 is equal to a BGS 9.5.
A PSA 9 is equal to a BGS 9.
i say this because if you look at any hundred cards graded by both PSA and BGS you will see the same distribution in the PSA cards graded 9 to 10 as you will see in the BGS cards graded 9 to 9.5.
A BGS 10 is one of the rarest - highest graded cards in the world - a BGS 10 is much better than any PSA 10.
Some insrupulous dealers send cards to both services, BGS first, and if BGS grades it a 9 or 9.5 they send it to PSA and get it graded at least 9 and in most cases 10.
Th e"pop"ulation of a card is the number graded at taht grade by that grading service.
Important: THERE ARE 3 POPULATIONS, NOT 1.
Both PSA and BGS have seprate population reports. BGS does not track PSA grades and PSA does not track BGS grades. To get true population you must look at both populations.
For example. If BGS has graded only 1 2005/06 Adam Morrison Refractor at BGS 9.5 then it is a 1/1 at that grade.
This does NOT count the nubmer that PSA may have graded.
If PSA graded only 1 of these cards at PSA 10 then it would say it is a 1/1.
It is further congused by the fact that both companies count every card sent in to be graded even if the same card is sent in more than once.
Population reports are not eprfect but they do give you a relative rarity measure.
I have many low population and some 1/1 population cards for Steve Nash and Adam Morrison.
After 12 years there probably will not be many new Nash cards graded high.
Given that Morrison is new his cards may continue tobe sent in for grading for 10 more years.
Another factor is taht Rookie cards are usually sent in fast.....a few years after a player's Rookie season most of his Rookie cards that will be graded have been graded.
Cards are damaged for one reason or another every year descreasing the number that are in good shape.
Cards do in fact get more rare every year...a good reasons to have them graded, stored well, and tohold them for at least 5 years.
You are new, eCrater is new, why should I buy from you?
Feebay has driven some of the most respectable card dealers away.
eCrater is new and my store is new but you can compare my cards to the best on feebay and you will find that I have many cards that you will not ever find there.
They will also be cheaper here and i can work with you on any fair price.
using google checkout is prohibitted on feebay and pay though the nose pal.
I accept checks, money orders and Google checkout soyou can use your credit cards safely.
I pay no listing fees, and no paypal fees so you get cards for less.
I get more and you get more.
If your cards are so good why are you selling them?
They are good.
I am always selling so I can buy more.
I do not flip cards.
I do not buy low quality cards in bulk and then sell the ones I do not want.
If you are on a limited budget i will try to find the best card in your collection zone for the money you have.
I know that we can all have fun, buy and sell cards, and not rip anyone off.
i want to own the best cards.
I take pictures of my cards before I sell them and this photo album becomes my lifetime collection.
That is why I sell some.
Once you buy any card from me you will see what I mean.
Buy one asnd just send it back....try me out.
I stand behind every card I sell.
Who am I?
I am just a guy in Phoenix, AZ. who loves card collecting.
I think that teh cards I buy and sell are good investments but I am now over 55 and I have seen my collection increase in value over the past 20 years....it is time for someone else to buy these cards and to watch appreciate in value.
(I have no grand children....)