This still great looking card of Jose Fernandez is from the 2013 Topps Five Star set which like its 2012 edition is susceptible to card issues such as rounded or chipped corners. I acquired this card on eBay with the knowledge that it had a slightly rounded/frayed corner but I was still hoping it would grade out to a mint 9. I was basing that on the other 3 grades ( centering, surface, edges ) would offset the 8.5 I probably would get on the corners. Result is :
So close to that mint 9. A 8.5 is still a nice grade for Five Star and it even has a gem mint autograph grade of a 10 but I wanted that mint 9. I expected this grade even when I was holding out hope for a higher grade of 9 but that's ok. This is still a great looking card and will be staying in my collection.
If this is my worst result you know the remaining four are good.