Do you think card grading could some day be completely automated? Just put the card in some sort of high-tech scanning device and let lasers and computers do the grading? I think the tech could be easily developed to get accurate centering and corners scores, and with some effort surface and edges.
Would you trust a grading company more if it used automated measures over human graders? Would you pay more for a card if it came with a report card that showed pictures of deductions/flaws?
It seems as if collectors will only trust PSA, Beckett and SGC. Do you think a fourth party could gain traction if it set itself apart through automated grading with proven technology?
The human element has always been grading's biggest turn-off to me. Sub-bumps drive me crazy. Big submitters getting better grades than small time collectors too. I'd be all for a grading company that removed the human element and graded impartially based on advanced scanning technology. But like umpires and automated strike zones, maybe collectors would reject it.