Seller asking $2200 for a trimmed Goudey Gehrig. I always assumed trimmed cards should be valued about what cards in poor/fair are. Otherwise, if it depends on the rest of the card outside of the trimming, why doesn't the grading agency grady it a "Trimmed NM" or a "Trimmed VG" to differentiate the two.
The reason is the card is no longer in its original condition - with trimmed cards it means the size has been altered - we are lucky the grading companies are using the "Authentic" grade or cards would sell for a lot less and there would not be as much interest. I still would estimate the card at Poor/fair condition and the card should be going for half the price they are asking. This may change in the future as prices for "Authentic" grades become more available and there is continuing interest.
This message has been edited by boxingbaseballgolf33 on Sep 18, 2007 11:02 AM
Trimmed cards which don't have an appreciable or drastic trimming, vary in prices depending on the issue. I recently bought an E94 which sold for about the price of a "Good" card. It was EXish without the trim which was very, very slight.
Technically, an altered card (trimming, recoloring, etc) grades Poor.
There are cases, especially with rares cards, where the card will
be valued higher than that. If the card is plentiful, trimming
will usually keep the value way down low.
I'd hesitate at getting giddy over an altered card because "it
has Mint appearance" as the alteration may be the reason it has
From my personal experience selling, 1933 Goudey Ruths and Gehrigs
in non-altered Poor condition sell for much higher than Poor book
value as they are in such high demand in all grades. I've sold
raw grade Poor Minus Goudey Ruths that looked like Yogi Berra's
catchers mitts for about GdVg value. So I'm sure this AUTH grade
is valued at much more than its technical grade
of Poor might suggest.
This message has been edited by drc1 on Sep 18, 2007 3:24 PM This message has been edited by drc1 on Sep 18, 2007 3:19 PM
I know I am in the minority but I will still take an EXMT looking slabbed "authentic" card (which may or may not have been very lightly trimmed on one edge) over a beater when it comes to prewar cards.
In this case he is saying the case measures right but SGC is saying it is trimmed. I think it depends on if it was trimmed on one edge or more and how severe the damage is. I have 1 trimmed card because it was affordable, a tough issue and would likely otherwise not be in my collection. I have flat out refused trimmed cards in the past but I look at them on a case by case basis. For the Goudy, well if it wasn't trimmed it would be A LOT more expensive so if I thought only one edge was slightly trimmed I might find this card acceptable.
It is really hard to say but generally I would say a VG type card with a slight trim to one side will sell for what a fair to good card would go for.
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