Saturday, May 9, 2015

BGS Result Update Number Nine - 2014 Topps : Pee Wee Reese Strata Autograph Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

Original pic and thoughts :

2014 Topps Strata

Same story as the Griffey Strata with the added bonus of seeing how BGS treats Pee Wee's autograph. Do they dock it since you can see a little of the "Reese" part of it or do they realize that is how the card was supposed to be made? Hoping I get a reasonable grader for this transaction that will realize that.

Result and thoughts :

A 1 of 1 just got even better. Yes it will always be the only one in existence but now it is the only gem mint 1 of 1 in existence. 

We have reached the point in the submissions where I expected to see some issues pop up but thankfully none have. This card being so thick made it susceptible to conditioning issues but it came back with an overall gem mint grade. I always worry about corners but even if it did score a 9 that means all the rest scored at least a 9.5. Woo Hoo.

The main potential issue I had with this card was if the grader would dock it for Pee Wee's last name not being on the card but thankfully, and rightfully if I so say myself, he graded on what was on the card and not what wasn't. Autograph scored that much needed and appreciated 10.

Unless I am hard up (knock on wood) this is one the few cards in my collection that I have no intention of letting go and that was even before it earned gem mint status. A true 1 of 1 and it being an autograph card of a Dodger great that is no longer with us who had ties to the team in Brooklyn and Jackie Robinson. Yeah, this is not available for trade in any discussion. = )

Final Submission Result and Thoughts :

Well I guess I hit it right on the dot.

When the autograph grade came back a 10 that eliminated my fear of the dreaded 9 because of the signature being "cut off". The only other worry I had were the corners as these thick cards notoriously have issues with them. My hope and thoughts were that if they graded out to a 9 that everything else would hold up and I would get my much wanted gem mint grade. That is exactly what happened.

10, 9.5, 9.5 and then there was a 9. Guess where? Corners of course. No matter as it worked out and I now officially own a 1/1 that has been fully slabbed in a gem mint grade. A prized piece in my collection that is still not available for trade or purchase. So pretty.

A golden era player in a gold banner.
Great combo

The all important 10 auto grade

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day,



  1. Wow, I think I'm just as excited as you to see the Reese in a gold BGS case! I can't wait to get my cards back from BGS. That card is amazing... Congratulations!

    1. Thank you again and I hope your results are just as good