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Graded card investor Brad Englehart has amassed during the past eight months 101 BGS 9 examples of 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez. (Are you sure there are really 101? Click on the photo and count ’em for yourself.) Some were purchased at shows, some online and some were purchased raw and graded by BGS.
“I think that over the last 10 years, the grading companies have realized what a tough card this really is,” said Englehart, a Florida dealer who was at Beckett HQ on a business visit.
The full story of how Englehart ammassed the collection and what he intends to do with it will be revealed in the next issue of Beckett Baseball magazine and in Beckett Sports Card Collector.
The BGS population report for the card lists 1,137 of the cards graded 9.0 out of 10,324 total cards graded. Just 83 have attained GemMint 9.5 status. There is not currently an example of a BGS Pristine 10.
Englehart says the 101-card collection will stay intact at least until the National Convention in Chicago the last week of July. The card currently sells for around $350-$375 at BGS 9 condition.— ph
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