The GRAAD digital service is an innovative procedure for the authenticity and qualitative evaluation certification of a collectible game card, available at
the base price of €50 / per card
This is a new procedure, designed for high or very high value cards and in excellent state of preservation. We called it "digital" to distinguish it from the standard procedure, because in addition to the normal optical procedure (which is carried out anyway), an additional procedure is also used. In fact, the certificate includes Standard grading but adds a more in-depth assessment of the parameters that are not considered by current certifying bodies on the market and which instead can represent, for the most demanding collectors, significant details.
Conceived therefore to fill the gap of current services on the market and go beyond the normal level of evaluation, it is also designed to provide a card with a more reliable and exclusive certification.
|Quantity of cards in order||Base price (about 15 days)||10 days||5 days||2 days||1 day|
|1 pz||€ 50||€ 65||€ 75||€ 100||€125|
|2-5 pz||€ 47||€ 61,1||€ 70,5||€ 94||€ 117,5|
|6-9 pz||€ 45||€ 58,5||€ 67,5||€ 90||€ 112,5|
|10+ pz||€ 42||€ 54,6||€ 63||€ 84||€ 105|
Let's therefore see why digital grading is, in some cases, the right service.
Like every collector knows, with the increase of the base value of the card, the percentage increase of the value given by high grades after grading is much more unstable than low value cards. This happens for several reasons, including the standard certification's limit that evaluates quality with an "optical" procedure, ie it does not go beyond a certain level of accuracy.
Therefore the grade tends to lose "strength" when one has to distinguish a high grade like 8, 9 or 10. The consequence is that, when a negotiation for a high value card occurs, with the increase of the value of the card, the added value determined by a high grade (8, 9 or 10) may vary a lot, but the standard certification does not offer sufficient nuances to distinguish these "high grades".
The tables we have proposed on the "guide to value increase" page show why standard grading is a service suitable for low, medium or medium-high value cards (up to about €200), and what happens instead for cards of greater value.
To solve this problem GRAAD proposes its digital grading, designed and developed by our team of expert collectors, precisely to highlight the less visible features and quality nuances unexpressed until today but important to differentiate the nuances of a high value card in good conservation status.
Thus digital grading can represent a significant step forward for the collector in the qualitative assessment of a card. Digital grading helps you earn maximum added value from the certification of high value cards.
Digital grading also includes, in addition to the standard grade from 1 to 10, a further quality bonus (GRAAD bonus from +0 to +10) which can affect the final sale added value of the card, if this is high quality, that is, it has a grade between 8 and 10. The bonus is determined based on the analysis of characteristics not visible to an optical analysis such as the level of cleanliness visible with a luminescent lamp analysis or as the chromatic parameters, the print sharpness, or traces of wear detectable only through the analysis of a very high resolution scan. For more information on the operations carried out during the digital procedure you can read the page dedicated to the grading process.
For this reason, we repeat, it was conceived as a useful service for high or very high value cards and that are in good conservation conditions, or cards for which you can expect a grade of at least 8, 9 or 10.
To clarify important doubts that a collector may get at this point, we advise you to read the page dedicated to the evaluation parameters, in particular the section dedicated to the digital grading parameters, where the correlation between the standard parameters and the parameters examined for the digital grading and the possible combinations of grades are explained in depth.
At this point we can make some examples, to highlight the usefulness and value of digital grading. Let's assume that there are 3 copies of a card of remarkable value (€200) all three in the same state of conservation and quality. One of the three is graded with a standard procedure and receives a grade of 9. The second is graded with the digital procedure and receives 9 + 7.
At this point, any collector can understand which is worth more among these.
Let's see another example, three perfect copies of the same card, one was graded with the standard service and two were digitally graded. As standard evaluation they all received 10, that is in terms of optical analysis they are basically perfect cards. But it did not go in the same way when two of them underwent digital grading.
Here too the collector can easily evaluate how much the added value for the three cards will be
Any collector can understand that a card with a base grade of 10 is identical to another copy with the same grade of 10. But if one has a bonus of +9, and maybe this card is the only one which has such a high bonus, the collector knows that they are in front of a unique card.
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