This is a growing topic of concern for collectors and with good reason. The altering of cards is epidemic, and what is even more alarming is the fact that many cards are being altered by dealers and by auction houses (who in many cases own the very cards being altered and auctioned). Robert Edward Auctions’ position regarding the altering of cards is very clear: We don’t do anything to cards. Period. We don’t think it is right for dealers or auction houses to alter cards (or any items) without full disclosure. Robert Edward Auctions does not file the edges or corners of cards, “squash” cards, press cards, bleach cards, re-back cards, restore cards, clean cards, trim cards, remove creases, or in any other way doctor or alter any card or item without full disclosure. EVER. We can't promise anyone that every card in every case will receive exactly the same grade we give it, or that there is never an encapsulated card with a problem; no one can do this. But at Robert Edward Auctions, if there is a problem with a card, at least you know that the auction house is not responsible. Ever.
Please note that REA catalog descriptions sometimes use the words that “we have submitted” a given number of key cards in a set for grading (as opposed to someone else having sent them in for grading). This is intended to be taken literally and is sometimes meaningful to bidders precisely because they know that we have not “done anything” to the cards that are graded, as well as the balance of cards in the lot. We have been told countless times that sometimes cards in a given grade sell for better prices at REA than elsewhere. This could very well be the case, in part, because sometimes the cards at REA actually ARE a little better.