Beckett Grading Services (BGS) is offering to grade your modern era cards without sub-grades.
The company announced Monday that it would offer the new single grade option at a lower price than its usual service that features separate sub-grades for corners, edges, centering and surface. Those ratings are used to determine and help explain the overall grade of the card. The cost will be $1 less than the normal service per card. The service is available now, but customers will have to contact a sales rep first.
Beckett Vintage Grading (BVG) dropped sub-grades from its labels in 2005.
Jeromy Murray, Director of BGS, wrote a letter to customers indicating increased demand is one reason for the move. He says the current “boom” in sports cards has led to more submissions.
Presumably, eliminating sub-grades would enable to BGS to increase the number of cards it’s able to authenticate and grade. Beckett isn’t doing away with sub-grades, just offering the option to bypass them as a cost savings. It’s something collectors or those who submit in bulk may utilize for less valuable cards they’d still like to have graded.
Any card given a ’10’ rating will automatically receive sub-grades.