Does anybody know why what looks like a new graded card from PSA would have the inside where the card sits so much bigger than normal for a 1951 card? Card looks like it could get ruined just carrying it somewhere. Why would PSA put this card, which has been graded an 8, in a casing like that?? Is there something else in there to hold the card in place? Ebay item number is 320747273210.
That card is no were close to an 8.
Bad centering left-right + top-bottom, Large printing defect on shoulder and some printing ink on the back from sitting on top of another card.
It is over priced already IMO.
I would be very upset if I sent any '51 Parkie to PSA and got it back in this holder. Especially if it came back an 8! I would be on the phone with PSA making arrangements to send it back and have it put into the proper sized holder!
Seems to me that someone screwed up putting it into the wrong holder!
I've had a lot of cards graded over the last two years and I can tell you from experience that the size of the internal holder in relation to smaller sized cards is completely arbitrary. PSA has the right sized internal holders, but for some reason they don't use the correct sizes most of the time. I call it laziness.
Not sure I understand what you mean by "arbitrary." The more the card moves, the greater the potential for damage; the less it moves, the less this potential.
There are other factors, of course, such as the sharpness of the retaining sides; and PSA's stops, so to speak, are well rounded and are not sharp at all. However, the more the card moves, the greater velocity it does pick up when it does bring up on the limits set up by the interior part of the holder. When a card in its proper holder, the corners don't contact the holder, at all; only the sides. Yet, when there is too much movement, a corner can now be dinged in a way that it can't be when in a proper holder.
I don't know if I'm being fooled by the shadows in the picture, but it appears this card may be in a protective sleeve, in which case the card won't get damaged.
In my experience submitting cards to PSA, this happened for one reason; PSA ran out of the proper sized holder. This happens a lot more than people realize and is often the reason for a delay in shipping an order. Most often, it's the odd-sized holders that are affected (like 51 Parkies), but I've also seen 'floaters' with other sized cards. A few weeks ago, I brought a c55 floater card to the National and asked PSA to put it in the proper holder (I asked them to do it free, because it was their mistake). Not only didn't they do it for free, they've now increased their "show-reholder" fee from $5 to $10. So it cost me $10 to fix their mistake. Very typical...
What is bizarre is that this same seller has a 1951 Terry Sawchuk PSA 8.5 that was obviously graded right after the Richard card and it is in a proper holder - the Richard card is numbered 18790722 and the Sawchuk is numbered 18790723 so even weider that they are not in the same type of holder
I don't like the fact that you cannot see the sides of the holder in the scan. We talked about a Gretzky card that was questionable a while ago and I noticed that there was frosting on the side of the holder indicating tampering with the Gretzky card.
Just a thought.