Anonymous Collectibles NJ said...

“Let me see if I got this right. You buy low grade

beat up cards and feature them on your blog.

That’s awesome. Totally different than all the

other blogs I have seen featuring the nicest cards.”


1971 Topps
Thurman Munson (graded)


This is by far the worst graded card I have ever seen – let alone own.

Why would someone submit this card for grading? By the way, it wasn't me.

I know, your probably asking," Submitting it is one thing but how could someone pay money for that thing?"

I plead guilty to the later. It makes for a great conversation piece.

Can't you see the expression on the face of the professional grader when he or she pulled this beauty out of the envelope?

And when the submitter received the card, I wonder if they were thrilled when it scored a 5 (Poor or Better).

Better? Are you serious?

How could it get any worse?

Do you have a graded card that is worse than this? I'd like to hear your story.


deal said...

still a great card in any condition.

MMayes said...

That's why I hate graded cards. I'm far from being a condition snob, but if that's a 5......?

Let me put it this way, I don't fancy myself more highly than I ought, but back in my single days, if that's what a "5" was, I'd just as soon have gone home alone.

I've got a Steve Carlton rookie card in my collection that looks about like that, but I'd think of that as a 2 or a 3.

Matthew Glidden said...

Nope, haven't seen any graded cards worse than 5%. I can think of a few scenarios that would explain it.

1) Owner won a free grading submission at a show and had this card in hand.

2) Owner sent in an entire set for grading and it included the low-grade Munson.

3) Owner thought it would be funny.

Good for you for buying it!

Unknown said...

Wow A 5 thats great for a card that looks like that!The gradeder must been in a good mood !

DC said...

Hilarious! It's a great card in any condition, though.

MMayes said...

Here's what I know about card grading: Is that 5/10 or 5/100? If it's 5/100, then that restores some modicum of faith in the grader.

Scott said...

Card is clearly "Authentic".

pobc said...

This has got to be 5/100...if that's the case would it get a .5 on a 1-to-10 scale?... just sayin'? ... Thanks's everyone for commenting, I hope you enjoy seeing these old cards!

Anonymous said...

better question: How the hell can Beckett, even with BCCG, give that card a 5? I know a 5 in BCCG terms is poor (or better) but this grading scale for BCCG is just so lame.

On another note, I slab really bad condition vintage cards (see here: ) but that is for display/encapsulation purposes, not for actual grades.