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How exactly does Beckett grade their sports cards?

If the card's overall grade can indeed only be a half point higher than the lowest grade, the Mike Trout card above should have only received a 8.5.

UPDATE: Since we posted this entry, Andy Broome, a “Senior Vintage card grader” from Beckett (@cardgrader) got back to us. Read below for the initial question and his response.  

An interesting question came up from a follower on our Twitter page @fivecardguys yesterday when we posted this Mike Trout baseball card below that was up on an eBay auction.

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It’s a beauty of a card, but if you look closely at the actual grading of the baseball card, there’s an “8” given for the surface grading.

The question from @manniscards was:

That’s a good question!

We assumed it would be some average of the four gradings and given there were a couple of “10s” for centering and edges, it made sense for the card to be assigned an average grading of 9.

But if the card’s overall grade can indeed only be a half point higher than the lowest grade, the Mike Trout card above should have only received a 8.5.

Can anyone explain how it works exactly?

UPDATE: Andy Broome, a “Senior Vintage card grader” from Beckett (@cardgrader) responded with the following tweet, which cleared things up.

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