One of the most frequent questions we get from novice collectors is in regards to the ‘Authentic’ grade from third party grading companies.
It’s confusing, since we automatically assume a card we get graded is authentic to begin with; thus why does a grading company label a card as solely ‘Authentic’ with no numerical grade (from 1 to 10)? And then ‘Authentic Altered’…what’s the difference between the two?
Simply put, an ‘Authentic’ grade means that the grading company identified something wrong with the card, usually an alteration or some other major defect, which prohibited them from assigning a numerical grade to the card.
In what follows, we will examine some of the nuances of ‘Authentic’ graded cards and why they are graded that way. Hopefully this will help clear up some of the confusion.
Be also sure to check out our piece on ‘How To Spot a Trimmed Card’ which talks more about grading and trimming.Read More...