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Old 11-24-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever tried to grade a printing plate?

Was thinking of sending in one of mine, but wanted to make sure I wasn't flushing my money down the toilet. The edges are rounded, so how do they do corners? I would imaging that the surface grades may generally suffer.

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Old 11-24-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Dumb idea. A printing plate is supposed to be used and show wear. It would be like wanting a game used jersey, but not wanting it to show any wear. More use the better. Grading a plate would be a waste of money. Maybe if your looking for protection. Just get it in an authentic holder.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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I've never graded one myself but have seen one on ebay that was a 9.5 /10 au. I believe the corners grade is an automatic 10. Like you mentioned the surface is probably key to good grading results. The auto'd plate did look a lot nicer in the BGS holder.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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People do grade them. Just look on ebay and you will see some. I think most get in the 8-9 range. You can probably look at the ones on ebay to see how they grade them. Personally as someone who collects printing plates, I dislike them graded and don't think it adds value.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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My general consensus would be not to grade. Most I have owned wouldn't grade out better than a 8.5 they usually show the wear from the manufacturing process.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:43 PM   #6
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It seems stupid to get them graded. I saw 3 graded for a sale a few days ago, two bgs 7's and one 7.5. Naturally they all were 9+ on edges, corners, and centering. But obviously their surface grades were 6's and 6.5's because they're PRINTING PLATES!
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:30 AM   #7
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I have two Strasburg Plates that are graded. Only reason I did it, PC! Wanted them to match the other Strasburg's I have. Though I only collect 9.5 BGS of his stuff, any plates I get I will get graded eventually. Currently I have 8. Normally I'd say not to get them graded.. but if its for PC reasons and you want them in cases then do it.. just don't expect a high grade on them.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:42 AM   #8
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It would be kind of contradicting. Like an above post said, you're trying to get a flawless grade on something that obviously isn't in perfect condition. I think it'd just be a waste of money.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:19 AM   #9
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