I understand why people do it. But by encasing the card, you lose the ability to feel or smell the card. Just holding a 100-year-old piece of history has got to be worth something.
I get that grading keeps the card from deteriorating or gives its owner a universal way of displaying their collection. I also understand there are monetary reasons. But with poor old baseball cards, the practice seems absurd.
I don't need a grader to tell me this card is in poor condition. So why did I recently buy this card? It was an impulse buy. Yeah, I'll admit it.
Do I have second thoughts? Sure, but it's a great old card anyway. And who can stop me if one day Frank Bowerman is freed from his plastic case.
I'm thinking about it.
I can't tell you how happy I am to find this blog. I just got back into collecting, and I am shocked at the popularity of graded cards. To me this takes all the fun out of having the card in the first place. I want to be able to actually hold the card, and remember the games, good times, and memories associated with it. Thanks for blogging.
Thanks for reading, it's comments like yours that keep me going.
Go for it!
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Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!
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