2 most common recurring themes most members here might notice are the topic of 'reseals vs factory seals' and VGA-related topics. So i think it's about time we talk more in detail about VGA and to set the records straight regarding any misconceptions, and to point out what are the myths and what are the facts. This topic is aimed towards the newer members to have a better insight into the world of VGA, especially if they are curious to find out but remain neutral or undecided. Perhaps this can make the VGA haters to hate VGA less..
Myth 1: How can they call themselves Video Game Authority, when they don't know about sealed collecting more than most members in the sealed collecting scene?..Authority my ass!
Fact: As we know, the "A" in the VGA stands for "Authority". VGA originated from CGA, which were the graders of originally sealed toys. VGA may not know more than the common sealed collector, but they utilize info from various well-respected sources and they have the tools and know-how to inspect for fakes or reseals. So in this regard, we should read "Sealed Grading Professionals" when we read "VGA", and not take the word "Authority" too literally.
Myth 2: Why bother sending in your games, when they just randomly select a number between 85 and 90..It's just a waste!
Fact: From personal experiences and from witnessing graded games from other sealed collectors, I can honestly say that there is a method and system to what VGA does and how they grade items. Sure, it's not perfect and will not be a suitable grading scheme for everyone, but I digress! The reason why so many games you see gets score of 80s to 90, are simply because people tend to submit their best conditioned games (whether to get best grades for display or for resell purposes). Noone in their right mind will send in a beat up, spit on, shat on copy of their favorite sealed titles!
Although there has been some silly submissions such as the infamous NES Mario Bros VGA10!
The VGA graded low scores further highlights the fact VGA does do their job in the right manner.
Myth 3: All people who collect VGA are just resellers, and in it for the profit only.
Fact: There are generally 2 types of collectors, and this would apply to any field of collecting: the collector collector and the collector reseller. Some people collect simply because they want the best conditioned game as a treasured-piece display, whilst some collect VGA for the challenge of the rarest games in the best known condition. Whatever the reasons, it is pretty damn silly just to generalize all VGA collectors as one type of personality/purpose! It would be no different to someone saying "all sealed collectors are rich geeks!"
Any other myths you guys can think of?