So throughout the blogosphere people have been freeing their cards from their grading case tombs.
I usually stay away from cards that have been graded in the first place since if they're deemed so valuable that their owners got them graded, they're not worth my time.
However, I do have one graded card in my collection.
My T206 Jack Chesbro.
I've had this card for over a year and I've gone back and forth between keeping this Chesbro in that accursed case or letting it out.
I only bought this card graded because I wanted to know that I was getting a genuine T206 Chesbro. Although Jack Chesbro isn't the first name you'd think of when you think of vintage players with counterfeit cards, it's not out of the realm of possibility either.
Also because raw ungraded Chesbros go for a lot more than the ones that were graded poor do.
Now I'm a cynical sob so there is a part of me that wouldn't be shocked if this was fake anyway (I do not trust any grading company completely, only to a certain extent). For now I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt and saying it's real (looks good to me anyway). And quite honestly I don't think I could've gotten a T206 Chesbro for a cheaper price.
Here's the #firstworldproblem though. While I didn't buy this Chesbro as an investment (none of my cards are investments), I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be it's last owner.
The thing with me is that almost none of my cards are nailed down. Any Yankees card I have could be shipped off to The Lost Collector or The Dutch Card Guy or Draft2Dynasty or really anybody at any moment and these T206es are no exception. Even if I don't just give it away I could very well trade it or even sell it.
I suppose I could free it and, if I wanted to, regrade it later if/when I decide to part with it to sell it but here's another #firstworldproblem.
"How do I know that it's going to get graded as a Good 30 grade again?"
For curiosity's sake I did ask some T206 vendors at the card shows I've been to for their thoughts on this Chesbro. The crease on the upper left side is distracting and could push the grade down to a poorer one. So much so that one has to wonder how this got a Good grade in the first place.
Well okay, after typing all that out I've come to realize that the big issue for me isn't resale value or whether or not I plan to keep Chesbro around long term.
No, the real issue is that I'm too lazy to bother cracking open this case. I'm the lazy bum who says no to a card just because the other guy put it in a screw-down case that I'll need to open later with a screwdriver. Do you think I'd bother going through the trouble of trying to crack this plastic open?
And for that matter, how does one successfully open these things anyway? Is there a weak spot on one of the corners? Do I just bang on it with a hammer? What if the card gets damaged when I release it?
I'd love to be able to insert this Chesbro into a mini top loader and then put it into my prized Yankees cards binder, but not if it means actually having to put in effort and risk the card getting damaged in the process. I'll just have to hold out hope that one of my go-to guys for T206es at my next card show will have a raw ungraded Chesbro they'd be willing to swap for this one.
What do you guys think? Do you think it's not worth the effort too or do you think I should get off my behind for once and free Chesbro? And if you do think I should free Chesbro, do you have any ideas on how to do so? I'd at least like to know how people bust these things open with little damage to the cards.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).