By now you’ve probably already heard the big news. The only 1981 Topps Joe Montana rookie card to receive a perfect PRISTINE grade by Beckett Grading Services sold for $65,880 dollars in an auction.
What is really sad about this sale is that for just over two grand, someone could have easily bought two 1981 Joe Montana rookie cards each with a 9.5 grade. If you are not into the grading scam, you could own the card for about $30 dollars any day of the week on eBay.
There are currently whispers among the online community that the card in question was originally submitted by someone close to the Dallas-based company. That might explain why the card has curiously exchanged hands several times since this most recent sale.
One has to wonder just how pristine the card is, considering that every day collectors crack open slabs and re-submit them since grades almost always come back different than before. According the to Boycott Beckett blog, the company is running on empty and on their way out.
Would it surprise anyone if this was one last attempt to save the fledgling company or at the very least keep Beckett Grading Services in the black for the next few years? Who wouldn’t want to bypass PSA now after hearing the news of the Montana sale that’s been plastered all over Beckett.com today?
Well played, Beckett Media.