I can appreciate where you are coming from. It is too easy a lure for crooks to trim a card to increase it's value exponentially.
However, I don't give ANY grading company my full trust either. They makes mistakes too!
Gone are the days of blind trust that the card you are buying is unaltered, especially valuable ones that may change hands frequently.
I agree 100%...unless it's just dirt cheap I'd have to see it graded before I would put anything in it...just to many things that come in to play...trimming in particular with old cards seems to be a huge issue now for some reason?
The shop sent me a scan of the back, as I have not had time to see the card in person.
I do not plan to offer on it after all, but it is a decent card. Looks like some staining on back and maybe on front as well. If anyone is interested in offering, I can put you in touch with the shop. He is a good guy and an established retail shop.
I have no idea. You see what I have seen. I doubt it, unless it was a very small amount of glue and a weak one at that. Glued cards usually see much more damage or show more evidence. It looks to me like some water staining possibly or maybe just dirt. There appears to be minor paper/print loss near his last name/team name.
If I can make time to swing by the shop before the weekend, I will try to view the card in person.
This is NOT my card nor do I have it in my possession, in case there is some confusion.