Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When is a "10" Not a "10" . . . .

. . . when it's a BCCG 10 of course.

In late 2001 or early 2002. Beckett Grading Services entered into a deal with one, or more, of the home-shopping television channels, i.e. QVC, Home Shopping Network, and Shop at HomeTV to provide a new "brand" of grading service. This new "brand" would allow their now defunct sports memorabilia shows' pitchmen to, loudly and obnoxiously, hail the attributes of "Mint 10's" for the likes of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Ken Griffey Jr. to name a few.

Never mind that the majority of these cards were from the era of over production, but instead note the new brand that was created. BCCG or Beckett Collectors Club Grading, whose slogan might have well been, "It's a 10 because we say it is!". With a clearly designated description of "Mint or Better", under the grades numerical value, what many novice and even veteran collectors didn't initially realize, was that the cards slabbed with a BCCG label, were graded under a different set of criteria than the company's two other "brands" of grading services, BGS and BVG.

Now some of you might be saying, "Dude, get over it. That was like 8-years ago." I'm aware of that, thank you. The problem is, this garbage still exists on the secondary market today and serves as yet another example of how Beckett is no longer looking out for the best interests of the collector. The self-created confusion regarding the grading card process had an adverse effect on collectors and was created for one reason and one reason only, increased revenues.The bigger argument I have is that they still offer this as one of their grading card "services", there by continuing to litter the marketplace with cards of questionable grade.
If a card is a 10, then it's a 10. Period end of story.
If it's not, and its actually an 8 or 9, you don't "dumb-down" your grading criteria so that someone can pay you to call it a 10.
This is in essence what they did by creating the BCCG brand.


Gellman said...

You hit the nail on the head. I hate when people try to pawn these off as actual 10s. Most people use this option because it is so much cheaper than the real slabs. Either way, Grading is a business, not a service, so the ultimate goal is to make money, not to provide a legit service.

Motherscratcher said...

I don't get "mint or better". I thought mint was as good as it could get. If it could be better, then it wouldn't be mint, would it?

Maybe I don't get it because I've never cared about graded cards.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

You would think but ther is Gem, Gem Mint and Pristine. Ridiculous I know

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