PSA has decided to authenticate and grade cards that exhibit removed coupons or tabs, such as the Red Man Tobacco series from the 1950’s, under the PSA Hand-Cut grading standards.
For example, if a 1952 Red Man Tobacco card is cut at or outside of the established tab line, the card is eligible to receive a numerical grade. On the other hand, if the 1952 Red Man Tobacco card is cut inside of the line (the line where the tab meets the interior of the card), then the PSA graders will be precluded from entering a numerical grade. Cards that are cut within the limits established for a particular issue will be encapsulated and designated as “authentic” by PSA.
All of the cards eligible for this service will be designated as “Hand-Cut” on the PSA label to distinguish them from the intact, with tab or with coupon examples.