It doesn't seem fishy but going along with the growing trend to find vintage cards that will grade high = major dollars. If he is getting the cards graded where he works then I would chalk that one as one of the perks although he will more than likely get higher grades than the average person. Now's the time to invest in vintage cards, when people will pay more for an unproven players card than what more nice vintage sets go for only to see the price drop to near nothing in a few years if the player doesn't break records or get close to breaking them each year. My wife won't have anything to do with the new shiny cards she just buys lots or collections of vintage cards then stores them in the vault. This is just my personal opinion.