The whitening is evidence of frequent play time and use of the card. Bgs is another popular 3rd option.
But that’s just the start of trading card mania!
How much does it cost to grade a card through psa. Some advice if you wish to heed it. The cheapest card grading service from psa, known as ‘economy,’ begins at $20 for a card that has a maximum declared value of $499. The real demand for cards that can blow up in price are cards which are not only graded by have great scores.
A minimum of 10 cards are required to submit for this service at a rate of $20 per card. The regular grading rate increased from $50 per card to $100 per card, with other increases seen for higher tier levels of grading. Now, in 2020, a psa 8 mantle sold for $373k.
If the declared value of your card is $999, then it will fall under the ‘regular’ priced category that costs $50. Realistically, the value service will cost you about $25/card to $30/card to get a card graded from psa once those extra costs are factored in. Six years later, a mantle card graded psa 8 sold for $268k!
Tcg cards submitted under value services must be on their own separate online submission form and cannot be combined with any other psa collectors club pricing tier, quarterly grading specials, discounts or. The standard turnaround time for this category is 50 days. A service level’s complete through date is the day before the date of the oldest open order in the psa system for that service level.
Psa is the hobby's most well known grading company and ultimately has been one of the graders that has seen the most impact from the recent surge in demand. Unlike sports cards, a psa 7 card is not considered in particularly good shape because the cards are only 30 years old and many of them have been preserved well; It’s often going to be at least $50.
The cost of psa card grading will depend on the type of sports card, its value, shipping options, options added and the number of cards sent in. What does it mean that psa is no longer offering the value, economy, and regular levels of service. Beckett started off as a card collecting price guide, and then started grading cards in 2001.
If you go to psa directly, it will depend on what sort of card you are sending in, how many cards you are sending at a time and your desired turnaround time. Here’s another point i feel you glossed over with sgc and didn’t even mention with psa. Psa currently lists updates to its turnaround times here.
2003 pokemon skyridge holo charizard #146 psa 10 gem mint. This is a sure reason as to why this card received a grade of 5 “excellent”. Which has nothing to do with psa, but simply lack of understanding of psa's grading standards.
They are cheaper however usually costing $10 per card and a little faster, coming back in about a month. Examining the back of the card is crucial when grading your pokemon cards. Grading companies often go to card shows which can reduce this cost or speed up the processing time.
As of july 1st, 2021, psa is only offering the express and higher levels of service. This means that it will cost you $175 per card minimum to have cards graded right now. That mantle card in a grade of psa 8 sold for nearly $100k!
See for yourself on auction prices realized. The real cost to have a card graded is usually $14 to $17 per card when you consider the overpriced shipping and insurance charges. Without even zooming in on the image above, you notice all that white on the borders.
They are changing recently as well. Currently the average turnaround time listed on the psa website is 42 business days (or the equivalent of 8 1/2 weeks). The professional card grading companies such as psa, scg & beckett love to make this claim, as it is a justification for charging $5 to $15 to grade a common card!
Meaning, why is it $20 per card if the cards are values less than $500, but $75 per card if they are valued up. Study the psa grading standards, it really doesn't take that long. According to psaacard.com , the official website, grading and authenticating services can range anywhere from $10 to more than $1,200+.
And, if you didn’t know, turnaround times at psa are currently sitting at about 8 months for value pricing. Probably most everyone's initial submission to psa is a disappointment. Check again in the summer of 2021.
$250,000 or higher declared value. They usually get equal or more than the same grade as psa. The value is in the psa/bgs 9 /9.5 / 10 cards (more on that below).
As long as your cards are worth less than $499 it would be $20 per card ($6,000 for 300 cards) if you join the psa collectors club, you can get access to bulk rates, which i would highly recommend for 300 cards. Why are there tiers of grading costs based on the value of the card?