This one also seems to have a dent, but it’s in the middle of the back. I’m a little more unsure on this one, it looks like it could have been something from the factory? (Notice the white print dot it’s under/around).
I understand these slip through PSA now and then but I’m pretty bummed considering I bought the cards slabbed to remove the headache of possible surface issues.
Yeah looks like a dent on both. I had that as well and posted my examples on this forum and was told by everyone a dent or corner bend is expected of a PSA 8 and that you should take it up with PSA via their financial guarantee service and not against the seller.
But since you cracked it, it is hard to go back to PSA. Their financial review is a joke anyway.
Sometimes you can match a binder ring dent with a card number. Like 1/102 or 4/102 or 7/102 sit next to the metal binder ring so more likely to get a binder dent. Some go by evolutions so maybe the Charmander or Bulbasaur gets the dent. The center ring seems to do the most damage for some reason.
There is a possibility that a dent may have occurred from you cracking the case, especially in the first case (PSA 8 example). Frankly, I have seen cards with dents like that get a 6 or less. The question is - was the dent there in the case pre-cracked, or did it result from the cracking? The 2nd is surprising for a PSA 9 for sure. I can’t see that happening from cracking the case.