# Thread: My black Hosmer refractors

1. ## My black Hosmer refractors

These are the 2 cards that PSA wouldn't grade because they were "miss cut". They came back from Beckett a strong 8.5. I guess centering carries more weight because 9+9+9.5+8= 36.5/4=9.1. Throw in a auto 10 and They were pretty stingy. Oh well an 8.5 is better than nothing.

2. I was very disappointed in the Gold refractor as it came back a 8....even with two 9.5, a nine and a 7.5 for corners...corners are a killer. only 50 of these were made.

3. You can only get a half grade higher than it's lowest grade I believe.

from their site, hope it helps. Other wise I love your Hosmers and wish they were mine.

Here is how we do it!
The overall numerical grade is not a simple average of the four report card grades. Beckett Grading Services uses an algorithm which determines the final grade using the 4 sub grades on the front label of the card holder. The lowest overall grade is the first category to observe because it is the most obvious defect, and the lowest grade is the most heavily weighted in determining the overall grade.
Example :
Centering = 9.5
Corners = 9.5
Edges = 9
Surface = 8
The reason that this card received an 8.5 is that even though the Surface grade was an 8 (the lowest grade overall), the 9.5 grades on Centering and Corners were strong enough to bring it up a full point to reach the 8.5 level.
Another example :
Centering = 9.5
Corners = 9.5
Edges = 8.5
Surface = 9
Also, please note that the final grade rarely, if ever, exceeds two levels above the lowest of the four characteristic grades. For example, if a card has characteristic grades of Centering 10, Corners 6, Edges 10 and Surface 10, the final grade will be a "7" (of which is exactly two grading levels above the lowest characteristic grade).

4. Now that makes perfect sense. That would explain why the Black refractors are heavily weighted in the 8.5 range. Here are two rare Royals, Star. Regards, Rick.

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