Essays

How to Stop 99.9% of Sports Card Scams

How to Stop 99.9% of Sports Card Scams

Cardhound Vintage (please support Cardhound with a join! There is a free option) has written extensively about things like sniffing out counterfeits and simple tips for safe transacting online. I do not wish to reinvent those wheels here. Check them out--knowledge is...

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Can you beat this PSA grading blunder?

Can you beat this PSA grading blunder?

OK, everyone makes mistakes, right? And grading companies are no exception. Maybe a card comes back with a wrong label, or your grade is a real head-scratcher. But it's tough to beat this one. If you have a better story than this PSA grading blunder, post in the...

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Best Facebook Groups for Vintage Baseball Cards

Best Facebook Groups for Vintage Baseball Cards

(First: I'm totally biased here, as the admin of two different Facebook groups that specialize in vintage baseball cards! I'll be clear about which groups I run in the text...) If you collect vintage actively you probably do at least some of your buying and selling...

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What Changes Would You Like to See at SGC Sooner than Later?

What Changes Would You Like to See at SGC Sooner than Later?

In the wake of SGC being acquired by PSA parent company Collectors, which was announced at the end of February 2024, SGC President Peter Steinberg talked up the new relationship as a way to "continue to improve SGC’s products and services that collectors have come to...

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Vintage FAQ: Understanding “A” Grades from SGC and PSA

Vintage FAQ: Understanding “A” Grades from SGC and PSA

So, you send in an SGC submission and receive a dreaded and unexpected "A" grade. Or maybe a card comes back from PSA not slabbed at all, and you wonder why. Unfortunately, understanding "A" grades isn't easy. And making sure your cards will be slabbed even if altered...

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