Satchel Paige’s 1948 Leaf rookie card continues to attract bidders. But is one grade worth $73,000?
What a difference one grade can make to those who place stock in such things.
A couple of weeks after a PSA 8 Satchel Paige rookie card sold for an astounding $89,087, a PSA 7 version was landed for a price of $16,100 on eBay. The gap illustrates the length some well-financed collectors will go to chase a card that carries a rare professional grade. The PSA 8 copy, sold via a Goodwin & Company auction last month, was one of only five to reach the NM/MT grade. There are over 20 Paige rookies graded NM 7 in the PSA Set Registry.
How much better is the 8 than the 7? You be the judge.