Friday’s update will include an exclusive story on MEARS proposed grading standards for their pinback button grading service. The company showed off its new holders in Chicago last weekend and they seem very well done.
MEARS is getting into new product lines aimed at collectors who are trying to find better ways to display their sports memorabilia–a natural outgrowth when you’re involved in grading and selling things like game worn jerseys and game used bats. They’ve got display cases with story boards that can be used to provide information about the item that’s in the case just as you’d see in a Hall of Fame or museum. It’s a neat concept for those who have ample room to display a few different pieces. I suspect MEARS will continue to develop new items like this. They are a tireless bunch.
Beckett unveiled their 9×11" jumbo slab for things like Sports Illustrated magazines, game programs, cabinet cards and the like. It will be available in June. It’s "sonically-sealed" according to Director of Grading Services Mark Anderson, who spoke at one of the panel discussions.
There was much discussion about graded card slabs and the rise in attempts to create fake holders and flips, slip lower grade cards in prey on unsuspecting collectors. Places like Craig’s List have been a dumping ground for this stuff with a few collectors getting burned–thinking they’re buying cheap but getting hosed instead.