Holders For Those Booklets

Products such as Topps Sterling and Triple Threads have introduced collectors with autographed and/or game-used booklets.  These cards fold open to reveal some great looking cards for collectors to ad to their collection.  One of the biggest problems with these cards is that its difficult to find a holder that will protect the card, and at the same time be able to display it.  In the past, you might have been able to find a holder that could display the card, but in order for it to fit that card might have to be closed.  Browsing eBay, I found a collector who has designed his own holders that will hold both sizes of booklets while they are opened.  Judging by his feedback, a lot of collectors have been pleased with his work.  Unlike old screw down holders in the past, these holders do not press directly up against your cards.  Each holder costs $20.00 which is getting a little expensive, but you have to remember he isn’t a large manufacturer like Pro-Mold or Ultra Pro.  A lot of those booklets are worth a $20.00 holder because they can be so nice.  Be sure to check out his auctions if you have a nice booklet you’ed like to protect and display.

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PSA Look Alikes

There are a ton of low-end grading companies within the industry.  Rarely do they ever give a card less than a 10 grade.  This evening I came across this seller who has a bunch of these Gem Mint 10 rookie cards up for sale.  At first glance I thought they were graded by PSA, but looking closer the holders don’t mention PSA at all.  Most of the time cards graded by these low-end companies don’t sell well, but thats not the case with these holders.  The strip at the top looks very close to what PSA would use and collectors aren’t seeing this.  Take a look:

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PSA look alike

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Authentic PSA holder

I have a feeling you can report this seller all you want, but eBay won’t be closing them down.  They don’t mention PSA, but people think it is PSA because of the colors and layout of the holder.  This person has found a huge loophole and is try to make as much money as they can.