Today's card is a 2005 Topps All-American Gold Chrome Refractor #51 of Herschel Walker, with the Georgia Bulldogs.
You'll notice you don't see many 3rd party graded cards at the Hoard. I don't really care for the idea, for multiple reasons.
First, I just don't like a process where a one number(or even less) difference in grading can account for multiples of 10 or more in the value of a card.
With several of these cards coming across a so called expert grader's desk every day, they can't possibly have more than a minute or two to assign a grade and move on.
PSA and Beckett are probably the two biggest third party graders. I've read plenty of stories where some has received a grade of say, 8 on a card, then resubmitted it, to another grader, or sometimes even the same grader, and it magically becomes a 9.
Secondly, the grading process is not cheap. I'd rather spend that money on the cards themselves.
Finally, graded cards take up way more storage space. I guess you could make an argument regarding protection, but if you're careful, you can keep your raw cards in good shape.
So why did I add this graded card to the Hoard? Simple. I didn't have this particular Walker parallel. This Gold Chrome Refractor is serial numbered to 55, with this example being #20. The serial number can be seen on the card back, to the right of the cartoon.
I've been known to pick up graded cards I need, and crack open the case, but here, I left it as is.
I'm not sure exactly why, maybe because it's in a fairly high grade.
Here are a couple vertical views of the card in the holder: