HGA Greatest Grading Fails

 A red hot sports card market in 2021 saw many new companies spring up and attempt to woo collector interest. 

Sports card grading company Hybrid Grading Approach (HGA) is one of them, and it's been a bumpy ride so far.

Here are the greatest mistakes so far in HGA history.

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Fake Tom Brady Autograph

HGA authenticated a 2008 Topps Finest printing plate that had a fake Tom Brady sticker autograph applied to it. 

They Use Glue Stick

Instead of using an Ultrasonic Welder to seal your grading case, eBay user GymRatCards identified that HGA uses glue.

Do you really want your precious cards exposed to such a substance?

Fake Wayne Gretzky Rookie

Ryan Nolan, author of the book Spotting Fakes, identified two fake rookie cards graded by HGA. 

Fake Mario Lemieux Rookie

The second of two fakes spotted by Breakout Cards.

HGA Will Slab Anything

Just send HGA a card, real or fake, and they will put it in a "PC" slab they offer. 

Super confusing and dumb to say the least. 

Fake Patrick Mahomes Autograph

HGA graded a card with a fake Patrick Mahomes sticker autograph on it. 

Fake Desert Shield Stamps

At least five 1991 Topps Desert Shield fake stamps were identified by 3124508 on COMC.

Used Copyrighted Artwork

HGA used copyrighted artwork on this Tua Tagovailoa label.

Cringe "AI" Video

HGA released a video to tout their supposed use of Artificial Intelligence to graded cards.

By and large the video is mostly cringe worthy. 

Shady HGA Math

On many labels, the math that HGA uses to calculate the final grade has been less than stellar. 

The Tua Tagovailoa below has all sub-grades of 9.0 but the card oddly received a final grade of 9.5.

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rich lieberman - December 24, 2021

People are a bunch of idiots who deal withe squestionable Fly ny niijght customers.

They proablry are the same dumbass who spent money on cards and will find they lost money on purchase HA HA.

Anonymous - January 1, 2022

OMG, 3:22 seconds of listening to her, made me realize I just wasted 3:22 of air that I can’t get back. Gag

Anonymous - January 23, 2022

Their AI is fake, they don’t have an actual AI program. All they do is use Epson scanners to put the card in their system the graders never see it. They haven’t had any Covid problems, they have had money problems and fired almost all of their staff. Their grades are fake. No one actually knows how to grade. They fired everyone that actually knew anything. They only keep pretty girls and old men so they can cheat on their wives. ALL OF THEM CHEAT ON THEIR WIVES. Tyler, AJ, Austin, Jordan all the “upper management is a joke. They created a college frat house environment and steal your cards. That’s literally all they do!!! This is the truth. No I’m not angry I want to stop their lies. They are selling you a product that doesn’t exist! Buyer beware.

Anonymous - February 20, 2022

Wow.. Most one sided idiotic story ever written without any proof. This is the type of stuff that is written when the big boys feel threatened. You can list out mess ups from EVERY grading company…. especially in their early stages. Laughable.

    SportsCardRadio - February 20, 2022

    Ok Tyler

Kevin Adolfson - May 11, 2022

Where is the revolt on the card companies using stickers for autographs? Where is the feedback to them to get the autographs on the card, and then make sure that they are all numbered.

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