I was just wondering peoples perspective on non-professional grading of sportscards. I personally pride myself on my experience and ability to grade cards so the purchaser knows exactly what he is getting. I do this by stating the overall appearance of the card with respect mainly given to corners and edges. I then disclose all faults such as centering (which can be seen by buyer anyways), surface scratches, creases, nicks, gloss. Price asked always reflects any flaws.
If I was to cross over to a number system it would look like this!
It makes me laugh when I see these auctions on ebay where the seller grades a (lot) of cards or even a single card as EX-NRMT? What is it EX or NRMT? And then continues to write that some are better and some are worse on the lot listing. So what I get from this is the lot varies from VG to NM+? Why not say so?
EX is a grade and NRMT or NM as I call it is a grade but EX-NRMT is not a grade! There are several grades within this realm that it could be EX+,EM or EXMT, EM+.
The buying of raw cards has become quite the crapshoot and recently I have had very few purchases on ebay where the stated condition is what I received. Many errors and omissions as well never mind the grading.
I like this eBay seller, I believe his Id is luciefavreauauctions or something like that. His listings are often like "The card has great corners, a couple of creases, etc....I grade it as 6.5"
Recently I have bought 2 raw cards which were listed as NrMt+. Both have tiny front wrinkles, pretty hard to spot. I believe that the seller didn't see them but anyway wouldn't offer a refund for cards.