Those who pursued philately or numismatics as a pastime will surely get nostalgic while collecting baseball cards. Creating a worthwhile collection of the sought-after baseball cards from scratch can be quite an engaging and immersive experience on one hand. Alternatively, the task of amassing an enviable collection can be quite laborious and hectic, and time-consuming. If you’re interested in building up a saleable collection, then it is important for you to pick up the basics of grading these cards. Grading or rating the cards is essential for establishing the condition and consequently the exchangeable value of the cards.

The need to grade cards

The typical baseball card collector stockpiles the cards with the objective of showcasing his collection to other collectors in order to determine the net value of his compilation. The ultimate aim is to increase the net worth of his collection as against the compilations of his competitors. In order to achieve this objective, he may resort to purchasing of high-value cards. On the other hand, he may even sell a few cards from his collection to earn some fast bucks. And for trading in baseball cards, it is critical to know the nitty-gritty of ranking the cards as awareness of grading parameters will help the collector to assess the value of a card before he intends to purchase or fix a price prior to selling.

The grading basics

Baseball cards are graded on the basis of four distinct yardsticks-surface texture, creases or wrinkles, state of corners, and centering. Centering has to do with the image of the baseball player; corners or edge condition implies whether these are rounded, fuzzy or eroded; have light, medium or heavy creases, and surface texture means the card-bed should be completely consistent smooth and free from wrinkles, scratches, distortions, and so on. After you’re cognizant about the grading criterions, you can start evaluating based on ten distinct rating levels including but not limited to GEM-MT, MINT, NM-MT, and NM.