I have recently got back into the hobby and would like to collect a full set of PSA graded base set holos. There is no way I can afford anything crazy like 1st edition PSA 10! However I think I may be able to afford to collect a unlimited PSA 9 set or shadowless PSA 8 looking around at UK sold listings.
If you guys where going to collect a full set and you had a limited budget would you go for the best condition unlimited set you can afford or would you go for the a lower grade shadowless set as its rarer.
If I follow smpratte older, rarer, minter mantra its means I should go shadowless but a lower grade.
Any opinions would be appreciated. I’m not purely motivated by investment here I am cetianly colecting these things because I loved them so much as a kid! However as I am spending a lot of money (for me that is) I would like the idea that they may at least hold there value for many years to come.
I think shadowless is the way to go (look at my name - but not at the tag! ) as there is more potential in rarity over condition in this scenario in my opinion. I doubt that either PSA 9 nor shadowless PSA 8 will see astronomical increases in the near future, as the most potential investment wise is in 10s. There is much less shadowless than unlimited out there though, sealed product is approx. 3x the value of unlimited. I think both will easily hold their value with some minor ups and downs but I´d personally go for the rarer option (even though it´s much more niche - that is also something you should take into account. Somebody completely “new” to the hobby will not recognize/go for shadowless but for unlimited most of the time as that´s what they played with. It´s therefore also more easy to sell if you´d like to do so.) Differences in grading, e.g. between 8-9s can be minor whereas rarity is just what it is.
I don’t think the “older, rarer, minter, better” really fits here because this is just for your personal collection and not really high value. But I don’t think a PSA 9 unlimited or PSA 8 Shadowless has good investment potential either (but either set is amazing to have for a collection)
I would compare the artworks and judge whether you would prefer unlimited or shadowless. Prices for both sets should be somewhat close to each other
It’s honestly whichever you’d prefer for your collection. I wouldn’t think much about where the values could be long term
I’d probably recommend either a PSA 10 unlimited set (if really value condition) or a PSA 8 shadowless set if you want something a bit more special at the cost of condition (a lot of the 8s are really affordable)
It was all about the base set, fossil and jungle for me. At that time I had no idea of the differences in the base set and wouldn’t have cared if I did! However now I’m older the collector in me loves understanding the history of these historic sets and I want something as historic as I can afford to keep around as a piece of my history and the history of so many others like me!
I would say just go fro extremely low graded base set 1st edition if you want that history to go with it if not go for the psa 9 unlimited set as that will hold more value to you as that was one you collected as a kid
I know it wasn’t an option that you stated but what about a nice NM binder set. I’ve seen a few people jump into the hobby a little too quick and then life happens or they lose interest and end up losing a good amount of money. A binder set is going to be a lot cheaper and will give you something to work on while you build up a basic knowledge of the hobby and current market values before you spend the big bucks. Just a thought.