I recently quit collecting Kenner SLU's (88-90 football mainly) because of the storm AFA took the hobby by causing those of us who collected non-gradeable packages, or loose fig's for that matter, to have a collection that wasn't worthy of mentioning. You try to sell/trade said types & you're met with upturned noses at the thought, or a p.o.'d buyer who thinks they should be getting an AFA90 for $20 on ebay no matter how many paragraphs of detail you describe. I couldn't find much joy in the sports figure hobby no longer.
I grew up before the 3 & 3/4" Joes & Starting Lineups rolled out but have always liked the fig's & packaging of the little guys. It was time to find a new addiction & getting into Joe's wasn't hard considering the real G.I. footlocker at the foot of my bed when i was a kid was filled to the top with 12" warriors & vehicles. Needless to say i felt/feel they are meant to be handled. That doesn't mean i won't be buying packaged Joe's, & my 1st acquisitions are just that, but to be in a hobby that respects loose figures is aces in my book.
This isn't a blast against AFA grading as i think it's necessary esp. with "re-packagers" out there, i.e. Mego etc.,& it's great to be able to preserve a truly unique collectible, it's just that some people can pervert the true meaning of a great hobby with a professional service that's meant to strenghten a hobby.
Sorry, i know i'm new. I just wanted to give a perspective from a collector from a different realm.