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*Cards pictured below are ones in which condition is most important. I've done my best to accurately reflect the card front with the scan and the explanations are provided to better reflect card condition. The number that I assign each card is simply a personal guess as to what the card would grade at if it were submitted. I've made ever effort to be objective, but remember that no third party has been involved in the process. I've given the most attention to edges and corners, with some regard for centering and surface. Please keep this bias in mind when reading.

WADE BOGGS (1983 Topps #???)

This little bit that I am writing is just a complete piece of bullshit meant solely to fill space so I can see how it all looks and you know what, I obviously did not fill enough space with that previous dose of bullshit, so here comes some more that I'll just add on to the pile

BARRY BONDS (1987 Fleer #???)

This little bit that I am writing is just a complete piece of bullshit meant solely to fill space so I can see how it all looks and you know what, I obviously did not fill enough space with that previous dose of bullshit, so here comes some more that I'll just add on to the pile



ROBERTO CLEMENTE (1957 Topps #76)

Surface, edges, and corners: Heavy wear is quite obvious throughout this card. Put simply, the card has been beaten to hell for 45 years. on the good side, only one hairline crease appears on the card in the bottom right hand corner. Well rounded corners and slight layering exist. Edges also show moderate wear. Much of the original photo coloring has faded as well. Centering is off, but that is the least detrimental flaw in the card. Other: There is no way that this card would grade higher than a 2 or 3. Regardless of condition, the card is still a Roberto Clemente. It's tough to argue with an affordable third year card of one of baseball's greats.

KEN GRIFFEY, JR. (1989 Upper Deck #1)

Corners and edges: Absolutely beautiful. I've owned this card since 1992 and I can attest to its care. Minimal movement for the past seven years permits a corner and edge grade approaching 10. Centering: Absolutely the only thing hurting this card is the centering. Top-bottom and right-left, centering is approximately 65-35. Very sticky concentration upon centering could be traumatic to a card grade, but I simply cannot see anything lower than a 7.5 or so. On the other hand, I can see it getting as high as 8.5. A solid 8 though would be a safe overall grade to assign this specimen.



KEN GRIFFEY, JR. (1989 Upper Deck #1)

Corners: One perfect corner with two having slight touches of wear and the bottom right hand corner is slightly further touched. Edges: This is where a potential problem exists with the card. Three nearly perfect edges exist with the right hand side of the card showing some wear. It looks like it's just a rough factory cut, but it could threaten a top-end grading. Centering: Right-left centering is good, but the picture sits high on the card. Top-bottom centering is about 35-65. Other: A very nice card, but I could see a tough grader giving as low as a six. I can also rationalize a high seven or low eight. Taking an average, I would assign this card a low to mid seven

TONY GWYNN (1983 Topps #482)

Corners and Edges: Each corner is ever so slightly touched with the same amount of minute touching to the card's edges. Chipping is too strong of an adjective to describe edges. Centering: Left-right centering is about 55-45 and top-bottom centering is roughly 60-40. Other: Coloring is absolutely beautiful with the only relatively notable detraction being the top-bottom centering. This is a very high quality card that should easily grade an 8. A 9 would surprise me, but would not be out of the question.



TONY GWYNN (1983 Topps #482)

Corners: The word corners is used loosely as there is rounding visible. No sharp points exist. The card has not been abused, but it is quite obvious that the card has been handled for 16 years. Beyond slight rounding, the top right corner probably qualifies as being slightly dinged. Edges: Chipping is easily visible on right side of card and the other edges show some age. Centering: This too is a rather significant problem. Right-left centering is about 70-30, as is top-bottom centering. Other: This card is perfect in a filler role. It is not a high end copy and should be affordable for most people, but it is not beat to hell either. Guessing, I would say that this card would garner between a high four and high five if graded.

DEREK JETER (1993 SP #279)

Surface: One extremely light scratch on foil front, otherwise a very nice card. Corners: Very light wear is visible on all 4 corners. It is probably enough to cost one grade. If the professional grader was in a good mood, there is an outside chance of this card garnering a 9 but I would bet on it being a solid 8. Other: Edges and centering are nearly flawless.



DEREK JETER (1993 SP #279)

Surface: Extremely light vertical scratches are visible on foil front. Corners: This card is in slightly tougher shape than my other Jeter rookie. Hurting this card is a dinged bottom right hand corner and slight wear to the other three corners. Other: There is very slight chipping on the edges of this card. The white card stock makes this more obvious than it otherwise would be. Signs of wear are similar on back of card as on front, but I would reasonably expect this card to garner a weak to moderate seven were it graded.

GREG MADDUX (1987 Donruss #36)

Centering: 35-65 top-bottom, 55-45 left-right. Borders: Very slight chipping is noticeable upon close inspection on bottom right side of card. Corners: Two perfect corners and two slightly touched corners. Other: The photo colering is slightly darker than normal, but the single biggest detractor from condition on this card has to be the centering. On a 1-10 scale, I would give this card a solid 7.




NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (1995 Bowman Silver Foil #249)

Corners and edges: Three perfect corners and one with a very slight touch of wear (upper right.) Edges are very nearly flawless. A slightly imperfect factory cut gives the impression of slight touching to the edges. Centering: The only flaw of any great concern would be top-bottom centering which is about 40-60. Right-left centering is very nearly perfect. Other: I listed this card because it is a foil card that just happens to be Nomar's first card in a major league uniform. If I were to grade this card, I could justify something in the vicinity of 8.5 to 9.5. The high centering would make 8.5 the best bet though.



ROGER CLEMENS (1999 Pacific Private Stock Vintage #2 {36/99})

Vintage is limited to a print run of 99 serial numbered parallel cards of each player. This Clemens is numbered 36/99. I pulled this card straight from the pack, but anyone who has opened Private Stock packs knows that condition leaves a bit to be desired. It's fair to partly cloudy at best, but a rare card none-the-less.




ROGER CLEMENS (1985 Topps #181)

Corners: One perfect corner and three show a minute amount of wear. Along the edges, all are fine except the bottom edge that looks like it was put into a penny sleeve just one too many times. Very slight chipping is noticeable upon close inspection of this bottom edge. Centering: Right-left centering is 50-50 while top-bottom centering is about 70-30. Surface: Looks ever so slightly faded along with a couple of pinhole sized printspots. Other: Centering must cost a grade and the other minute flaws probably cost a grade between them. I'd guess that this card rates about an 8 to 8.5.








MARK MCGWIRE (1987 Donruss #46)

Corners: One nearly perfect corner, two lightly touched, and one touched. Edges: Upon closer inspection, chipping alone may cost a grade. It is nothing terrible, but white card stock embellishes minor flaws like this. Centering is decent. Left to right is approximately 60-40 as is the top to bottom centering. Other: Like the other McGwire, a very nice copy of a highly condition sensitive issue. Edges hurt, as does centering, but I'd say this card should grade around a 7.0 to 7.5.

MARK MCGWIRE (1987 Donruss #46)

Corners: Each corner is extremely lightly touched exposing a minute amount of white card stock. Edges: Similar to corners, a very small amount of chipping is visible only because of white card stock. Centering: This is the only fault of true significance on this card. Right-Left centering is roughly 65-35 and top-bottom centering is slightly better at 60-40. Other: Very nice copy of a highly condition sensitive card. Centering probably costs this card a grade and the other faults cost another between them. My prediction would have this card's final grade in the vicinity of 7.5 to 8.0, probably closer to 7.5.







PAUL MOLITOR/ALAN TRAMMELL (1978 Topps #707)

Corners: Fantastic! Very small hints of touching to corners. None are perfect, but damn close. Not bad considering this issue is 21 years old. Expect it to be carded though because it doesn't look like it could be 21 years old. Come on, give me at least a chuckle. Edges: There is an extremely small amount of chipping apparent upon close inspection. Centering is an area of great concern. Left-right centering is nearly 20-80 and top-bottom centering is 60-40 or so. Other: This card would easily score an 8.5 to 9.0 if it were properly centered. Depending upon the emphasis given to centering, I could see a grade between 6.0 and 8.0. I appologize for the wide range, but I just cannot predict the emphasis on a factory screw up. Very nice card though.