Friday, March 20, 2015

BGS Raw Card Review Submission From March 7, 2015 Update Number 10 - 2014 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. Strata Autograph

Original pic and thoughts :

2014 Topps Strata

A beautiful card from an ugly transaction. This was my 1st ever Strata card for my collection and I would love to have it come back in a gold banner case but as with all thick cards it really is the luck of the draw on what the final grade will be. As with the Five Star card the only real thing I see holding this card back from gem mint is a corner so as with that one I am crossing my fingers and hope lady luck is on my side.

Result and thoughts :

When is a gem mint card not an official gem mint card? Why when this is the final step of the process and going forward is not an option at this point.

As you can see the card did indeed earn a 9.5 and a 10 on autograph but it can not be encased. What? I wonder why as the Pee Wee Strata will be encased and I have seen other baseball relic Stratas already in a BGS case but on the flip side of this holder (forgot to take a pic) it states this is the final grade as it is too thick to slab. I asked the Beckett rep about future slabbing adjustments and he said that is always a possibility. Considering there are more and more Strata cards on the market I can't see Beckett not making a thicker case for these cards. I have since tucked this away and probably will bring it out when Beckett does a show out here when they do the slabbing on site and see what they say about slabbing this beauty.

Even with all that how can you not love this card still? This will probably be my only Griffey auto in my collection and considering the journey it took to my door I couldn't be happier that it came back from the event with a gold banner attached to it. Even the auto grade did not suffer as right in the middle it fades ever so slightly but it didn't get docked. 

With that we have reached the end of week 2 of the submission results. The final week is coming up and it's a dozy. 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.



  1. Does PSA abide by the same rules over thickness?

    1. I honestly dont know. I have never checked it out as I prefer BGS due to sub grades and a separate auto grade.

  2. Wow, that's an amazing card! Keep me in mind if, by chance, you decided to move it. It's strange that Beckett won't slab a card like that, even if it is that thick... Congratulations!

    1. It is a great card and return. Thank you. Im wondering if that particular grading was misinformed as I searched Beckett population and there are other slabbed Stratas. Ill see what the next grader says.