If you do agree to the trade, I would have them reslab it first before you send off your items just in case the card gets damaged during the reslabbing process. Make sure the card is in similar condition after reslabbing.
I second what @knotchi said. Make sure that the re-slab process is done before the transfer is made. There is a high possibility nothing will happen but for such high value items, its better to be safe than sorry.
Curious what valuation you guys agreed upon for the gold stars, and the 1st Ed Zard? Also if the seller hasn’t already, I would make sure to get high res scans of the front and back of the Zard before and after it comes back from reholdering.
I think it’s a bad deal on your end, but I’m also not a big fan of Charizard. Those gold stars are worth keeping. If it were me, I’d just wait a bit longer, save up some cash, and purchase the Charizard outright. Then you’ll have your gold stars and Charizard.
I think this is a mostly fair trade, but also a tough one to decide on. Not really “good” or “bad” as I think it really comes down to personal preference and your collecting goals. Do you REALLY like Base Set Charizard more than all of those Gold Stars? I know for myself personally I would want the Charizard more than any single Gold Star. But if I had more of an attachment to Gen 3 and the Gold Stars, it’d be a tougher trade for me to make, and especially parting with so many of them in one go.
Another way to look at it is that $6K is a pretty good down payment on a PSA 8 or even PSA 9 Charizard if you get on the right side of an auction. So with this in mind, you could keep saving and keep the Gold Star’s and then eventually score a Charizard.
Not as many data points I’d like for the 1st ed Charizard – all of the prices for the gold stars are recent-ish, February or later, but most of the recent 1st ed Charizard sales are from October November, so I discounted those sales by about 10% since .
I think the motivations matter here a bit. If you are initiating this trade with the goal of obtaining a grail card, this is a pretty good trade. You would be “trading up” into a single high-value card, which is infinitely more stomachable than paying 30k CAD cash out of pocket. The trade values are a little mismatched, so there may be some wiggle room on the cash amount, but overall it’s not too terrible of a trade for your side.
If, on the other hand, the trade was initiated by the owner of the Charizard (looking to split up equity, chase different collecting goals, etc.), from your perspective I’d be wanting to drop the cash amount quite a bit or do additional cards + less cash on your side since the totals are not currently in your favor.
In either case, like the other commenters have said, the reholdering process should be completed by the middleman BEFORE the trade is executed. IMO it’s not just a question of the card being damaged by the reholdering, those old slabs have security issues that make them easier to tamper/fake. I’d be especially adamant about this if this trade was initiated by the 1st ed Charizard side.
I don’t think the “trading up” argument holds any weight here. It’s not like you’re trading a bunch of junk for the Charizard. You’re trading away 6 $1000+ cards that would be trivially easy to convert into cash. So I don’t think there’s any good justification for you to be trading $23k in value for a $20k card. If you want the Charizard more than the gold stars, just sell the gold stars and buy the Charizard.
I’m not sure that I’d say it’s “much more work” to put the cards in a box and send them to PWCC/HA. He’d lose ~10% to fees if going that route. If he wanted to put in maybe 30 minutes worth of work into selling them, he could sell them on FB and lose 0% to fees.
I also feel like it would actually be more work to fly to a different country to do an in-person trade (and that’s what OP is contemplating doing).
To clarify: I meant that it would be better to sell the cards if OP’s trade partner continued to insist on a “trading down” premium. If OP’s trade partner agreed to equalize the value of each side of the trade, then I think it makes sense to trade rather than sell.