I’ve been wondering what your thoughts are on buying ungraded cards and getting them graded by PSA, planning to only buy from the older series produced by WOTC and perhaps Shining/Gold star.
I live in The Netherlands so it could be easier to buy ungraded NM cards compared to Americans who try to buy on Ebay but I’ve read that there’s not that many NM ungraded cards around anymore.
First of all I’m intending to only buy cards that at least look good on the front, especially if they’re stored in binders.
Then before submitting to PSA I need to ensure that they really look Mint, so also the back and scratches on the holofoil. If they fail the test but look Mint on the front and thus would be good for a binder, is there any way I could sell them for more value than a normal good-looking card?
Secondly, what would they be worth? From research I’ve done so far I concluded that a PSA 8 is not that hard to get if you are strict yourself and will get you your grading cost back, PSA 9 is also reasonable and will net you some profit and PSA 10 is where you will get $100 profit for non-special (so no Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, etc.) holo’s from the first sets. However getting a PSA 10 would be at odds roughly 10% of getting a PSA 9.
What would you advice me to do if I want to try this? I do not want to get terribly disappointed and for example only get PSA 5 and PSA 6 back, however I’m not expecting loads of money either, just enough for it to remain fun as a hobby.
Also I’ve seen that there’s still Booster Packs and Booster Boxes for sale of these old series, for example a Jungle pack could cost me 20 euro, but I’m cautious that it could be weighted, would it make sense to buy any of those and get an hopefully at least PSA 9+ card in every three packs on average? But what to do with the other Mint Rares/Uncommon/Commons? Getting them graded doesn’t seem to increase value.
Last question is what should I do if I find a NM card that’s not English, so could be Dutch, French, German, etc. Would it make sense getting that graded?
Lots of questions and I hope someone can give me a bit of their insight, perhaps someone who is also doing this as a hobby.