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Old 01-11-2011, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Question about graded cards and how they affect value.

Im thinking about buying a graded card that is a 9.5. I have an idea on how much this card is worth based on the following trends Ive noticed (albeit a small sample size) and thats why I want to run it by you guys.

Lets use Bryce Harper as an example as that is a card Ive bought recently. OK, so I bought

a base card 2010 Bowman Chrome for $36.50
I also bought a BGS 9.5 2010 Bowman Chrome for $75.00

So as you can see Ive noticed that a slabbed version of a card is worth almost twice its value. Is that generally the rule, or does it vary from card to card and player to player (I know it varies from grading service so lets just say every graded card I buy is from BGS to elimate that from the equation)

I have a card I want to buy in the future, it belongs to a very solid prospect Ive had my eye on for about a year.

I bought a 2009 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor of him for $21
I bought a 2009 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor of him for $43

Is the Orange Refractor looking at about an $80 purchase - would this be accurate as well?

now Im eyeing a graded 9.5 Orange Refractor - so is it safe to assume that what I can expect to pay is in the neighborhood of $160?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They are really only worth what a person will buy them for. Best bet is to check the completed listings for the item you are looking at and gauge what they are selling for. Each card can be very different in how much graded and ungraded versions go for.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im thinking about buying a graded card that is a 9.5. I have an idea on how much this card is worth based on the following trends Ive noticed (albeit a small sample size) and thats why I want to run it by you guys.

Lets use Bryce Harper as an example as that is a card Ive bought recently. OK, so I bought

a base card 2010 Bowman Chrome for $36.50
I also bought a BGS 9.5 2010 Bowman Chrome for $75.00

So as you can see Ive noticed that a slabbed version of a card is worth almost twice its value. Is that generally the rule, or does it vary from card to card and player to player (I know it varies from grading service so lets just say every graded card I buy is from BGS to elimate that from the equation)

I have a card I want to buy in the future, it belongs to a very solid prospect Ive had my eye on for about a year.

I bought a 2009 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor of him for $21
I bought a 2009 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor of him for $43

Is the Orange Refractor looking at about an $80 purchase - would this be accurate as well?

now Im eyeing a graded 9.5 Orange Refractor - so is it safe to assume that what I can expect to pay is in the neighborhood of $160?

No! $160 is a huge overpay for that card. If a gold refractor is selling for $43, an orange may be closer to $55 give or take a few bucks. Factor in it being a 9.5 and you might be looking at $100-$110. Your right, it does depend somewhat on the player as their are general trends for multiplayers that aren't always universal. It might be helpful knowing the player. PM me if you'd like.
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