TruGrade Service registered with the state of Pennsylvania as a grading service on 11/05/2002 and listed Andrew J. Szoke and John A. Callandrello as owners. The business was located at 32 Broadway, Bangor, PA. In early 2004, Szoke purchased Callandrello's interest in TruGrade Service and Callandrello opened NuGrade LLC in Bushkill, PA., on 4/23/04
TruGrade continued in the grading business, Szoke found a new partner and registered with the state of Pennsylvania on 10/19/2004 as TruGrade Service LLC, and continues to be located at the Bangor, PA., location. According to Szoke, he has a contract to supply NuGrade with the slab holder, but the inserts, grading, and slab finalization is done at NuGrade.
TruGrade slabs are crude. The label is made from cheap color ink and computer printer paper. The slab snaps together, but can easily be opened with a screwdriver. They recently added a .com to the back of the slab (www.trugradeservice.com). Also see NGS
I hope you, the visitor of this web page, found this website before you purchased a graded coin at ebay or any other online venue. If not, don't despair, because here you will find all the information you need to buy graded coins without getting ripped off. It's better to learn this information now than never.
Ebay is only one of many websites that contain coin auctions or coins for sale in holders with an assigned grade. It's also apparent that uninformed collectors assume that a coin in a holder is authentic and graded appropriately, but such is not always the case.
It doesn't take a degree or training to buy coin holders, create the labels of your choice and encase coins inside. Furthermore, if you know how much coins are worth in different grades than you would be able to grade any coin, a grade of your choice, for the most profit. However, it doesn't stop there as many decide that can pass-off cleaned coins as problem free, or fake coins as authentic. If that's not enough, some have chosen to fake holders from the most respected grading services like PCGS and NGC.
So, I hope each visitor takes heed to the information contained in these web pages and buys graded coins accordingly.