To crack open the slab or not, that is the questionJanuary 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Posted in My Cards, Topps | 19 Comments
I’m no stranger to PSA graded cards. I own a bunch of them, and the vast majority of them are vintage cards made before 1980, along with some major rookie cards from the 1980s and early 1990s. I’ve acquired a few graded Don Mattingly cards in the past, but only because I couldn’t find ungraded copies of those cards. I broke them out of their slabs so that I could store them with my other Don Mattingly cards (which you can see here). The only exception so far was a PSA 9 copy of Don Mattingly’s 1993 Topps Finest refractor. I kept that one in the PSA slab because it is the most valuable Don Mattingly card from his playing days, and it’s even more valuable when it’s graded.
Anyway, I recently won an eBay auction for one of the 9 Mattingly cards from his playing career that I needed. It was the “Members Only” parallel of the “Virtual Reality” parallel from 1995 Topps Stadium Club. Yes, a parallel of a parallel. But anyway, it is a PSA graded card. Specifically, it’s a “Gem Mint” PSA 10 card. Here it is:
Now, under normal circumstances, it would be any easy decision for me to crack open the slab and remove the card, so that I could put it in a penny sleeve and top loader just like all of my other Don Mattingly cards. But this is different for me because it’s a PSA 10 – a perfect specimen. I own very few PSA 10 cards. On the other hand, it’s a rare card, and having a graded copy doesn’t increase its value much. I’m really on the fence about what to do. What do you think – should I set this one free from the slab or not?