Directory of Erroneous Graded Cards

All companies should constantly focus on improving product quality, process efficiency, and customer satisfaction. In the field of Operations Management, these are requirements for obtaining the prestigious ISO-9000 Certification. However, not all companies care to align themselves with these highly important benchmarks. Nor do all companies even know this certification exists. Lack of knowledge is at one's own peril.

For grading companies in the hobby, some small percentage of variation in product quality is common given the output volume. However, the goal should always be 0% production variance. The following is a visual directory of some of the worst known offenders of such production errors.

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Frank Thomas 1987 Pan Am Team USA Blue BDK #36 BGS 9.5

Offense: BGS assigned the Centering subgrade a 10 despite the card being likely one of the worst centered examples ever seen.

Mike Piazza 1993 Select Rookie/Traded All-Star Rookies #5 BGS 9

Offense: BGS gave the autograph a 10 despite the card not having an autograph.


Frank Thomas 1996 Leaf Signature Autographs Gold Sample Facsimile AU #222 BGS 9.5

Offense: BGS gave the autograph a 10 despite the card having a facsimile autograph.

Andruw Jones 1998 Topps Gold Label #17 Class 3 Red Label /25 PSA 10

Offense: PSA labeled this Andruw Jones card as Chipper Jones.
Image credit: Mike Wyers


Derek Fisher 2014 Bowman Draft #DP35 Purple Ice /99 PSA 9

Offense: PSA labeled this Derek Fisher card as Derek Jeter.
Image credit: Rodger Lyle

Aaron Nola 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #RAAN BGS 9.5

Offense: BGS labeled this Topps Chrome card as Bowman Inception.
Image credit: Tio Hilario Malone


Russell Wilson 2012 Topps Platinum #138 Purple Refractor BGS 10 Black Label

Offense: BGS gave the autograph a 10 despite the card not having an autograph.

Matt Morris 1996 Bowman's Best #137 Refractor PSA 9

Offense: PSA labeled this 1996 card as 1999.

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