(Newport Beach, California) – Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) now is accepting unopened trading card packs for authentication and grading. The submission form and the recently-established ten-point PSA grading standards for unopened packs are available online at www.psacard.com.

"We are accepting unopened wax and cellophane packs of sports and non-sports trading cards for authentication, grading and encapsulation. Sonically-welded, high-quality plastic holders – similar to the study holders now used by PSA for encapsulating individual trading cards and tickets – are used for encapsulating certified packs," explained Joe Orlando, PSA President.

"The hobby marketplace has seen a tremendous increase in interest for unopened packs. We feel that we can expand that demand with our brand strength and the quality of our holder. We are also planning to incorporate packs into our very successful PSA Set RegistrySM program."

PSA is accepting the following types of unopened packs for certification at the present time. (As the list is expanded the information will be updated on www.psacard.com.)

Baseball packs: 1957 to present, both wax and cello.

Basketball packs: 1957/1958 Topps, 1961/1962 Fleer and 1972 to present issues. However, PSA cannot grade Tall Boys, such as 1969/1970 or 1976/1977 Topps issues.

Football packs: 1957 to present, both wax and cello, with the exception of Tall Boys, such as the 1965 Topps issue.

Hockey packs: 1957 to present, both wax and cello, with the exception of Tall Boys, such as the 1964/1965 Topps issue.

Miscellaneous sports and non-sports packs: 1957 to present, both wax and cello, except for the many Tall Boy issues in this category.

"We will not grade any pack that has been deemed by the experts to be re-sealed, repaired or altered in any way. If a pack cannot pass this first step in the PSA process, the pack will not be eligible for encapsulation," said Orlando.

For additional information, contact PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or by e-mail at mailto:[email protected]. Web site: www.psacard.com.