I mentioned a couple days ago that I was considering having some of my player collection cards graded so that I could get them slabbed for protection and identification purposes. I initially looked at PSA and Beckett, as those were the two most common names I saw when looking at graded cards.
Earlier today, however, I came across GMA Grading Services. This service operates very similar PSA and Beckett, but with two major differences: a five-day turnaround (rather than a month) and each gard is graded for only $2.
I must say, I got a little excited for that. That would make this endeavor much, much more economical for me.
But then I did just a quick Google search to read some of the feedback. It isn't the greatest, to say the least. To be fair, most of the comments were posted by people who had never used GMA for any grading, but a couple comments were by users. One of the biggest complaints was that cards were over-graded. One user even said that of 40 cards sent in, 33 came back with a "10" Gem Mint grade.
My question for you is multifaceted. First, have you ever heard of GMA before, and if so, was it generally positive or negative? Have you ever used GMA for anything? Is it your opinion that if I were to move forward with some of the grading, that I use PSA or Beckett?
Nothing against the opinions that I read, but I value the opinions of those I know (you all) over those I don't. So thanks in advance for your thoughts!
EDITOR'S UPDATE - I've also come across SGC Grading...any thoughts on this company?