PSA Appraisals

Document the value of your collectibles with the industry leader.

Is it real and what is it worth?

These represent the ultimate questions for collectors.

PSA has long answered the question as to the authenticity and grade for collectibles. And now, PSA completes the task by providing collectors with professional, independent appraisals for their PSA-certified collectibles.

PSA Appraisals provides collectors with a written appraisal that clearly identifies and states the value of the item, leading to ease of use for insurance estimates and estate planning.

Protect Your Collection with PSA Appraisals
USEFUL

Document the value of your collectible with your insurance carrier in the case of loss or damage.

INDEPENDENT

PSA has no vested interest in the value of your item, leading to trustworthy & accurate results.

ACCURATE

Your PSA Appraisal is supported by verified market data and is completely objective.

How It Works

Step 1

Eligible Items

All PSA or PSA/DNA certified items are eligible for the appraisal service. Complete the form to get started.

Step 2

Research and Appraisal

PSA researches your collectible and creates an appraisal report based on market data.

Step 3

Documentation

You receive a written Certificate of Appraisal that is printed using special security-enhanced paper.

Ready to Have Your Item Appraised?

Please use the form to fill out the information below.

Certification Number
Found on the PSA label (encapsulation), certification sticker or Letter of Authenticity.
Declared Value
Your estimate of the value after it has been graded and/or authenticated by PSA. This number acts as a maximum insurance number for shipping insurance purposes in case item is lost in the mail.
Description
Describe your item (Babe Ruth autographed baseball with “Best Wishes” inscription).
Upload Files
Front, back and all angles of the collectible. If signed, include close-up of signature.

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Our Lead Appraiser

Michael Osacky, ISA AM

Michael got started evaluating cards and sports memorabilia in 1997 when he was a teenager after his grandfather purchased a shoebox of cards for his birthday. Michael graduated from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign which is where he became grounded in data and finance. Today, Michael is a certified USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) Appraiser and an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Michael is a national public speaker for the hobby and is represented by Premiere Speakers Bureau in Nashville, TN. Additionally, Michael is a contributor to several national publications; including Parade magazine which is read by 54.1 million people every week.

Michael is a frequent guest on major news outlets across the country including ABC, NBC, and CBS. In Chicago, he has appeared for 10 consecutive baseball opening days on WGN’s morning show. Michael has appraised collections from former athletes of both the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees. He also provides donation appraisals for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Frequently Asked Questions

Appraisal pricing is based on the declared value you place on your item. Please note that at this time, appraisals are limited to the declared value thresholds noted below. For example, we do not currently offer appraisals for trading cards and tickets with a declared value under $2,000.

Trading Card & Dual Grading Appraisal Pricing

Service LevelDeclared Value RangeAppraisal Price
Card Tier 1$2,000 - $4,999$200
Card Tier 2$5,000 - $9,999$250
Card Tier 3$10,000 - $24,999$300
Card Tier 4$25,000 - $49,999$400
Card Tier 5$50,000 - $99,999$500
Card Tier 6$100,000 +$1,000

Tickets Appraisal Pricing

Service LevelDeclared Value RangeAppraisal Price
Ticket Tier 1$2,000 - $4,999$75
Ticket Tier 2$5,000 - $9,999$200
Ticket Tier 3$10,000 - $24,999$250
Ticket Tier 4$25,000 +$300

Pack Appraisal Pricing

Service LevelDeclared ValueAppraisal Price
Pack Tier 1$5,000+$125

Autographed Memorabilia

To determine the price of your autographed memorabilia appraisal, look up the corresponding PSA Autograph authentication price and use that as your appraisal price.

For example, Babe Ruth’s autograph authentication price is $300, so his appraisal price is also $300. Mickey Mantle’s autograph authentication price is $100 so his appraisal price is $100.

Please note that appraisals are not available for autographs with authentication fees below $100.

Please call (312) 379-9090 or email [email protected] for pricing on multi-signed items.

Yes. Just submit the letter to your insurance company. This is a great value add and saves you money from getting another appraisal.

Values are determined by estimating the cost to replace the item. When the item is submitted to an insurance company and there is a claim, the certificate of appraisal can help the client receive proper compensation.

No. The item must first go through standard authentication and grading procedures. After this process, the item is then appraised. The PSA Appraisal service cannot be added to items submitted to PSA or PSA/DNA for authentication and grading until January 1, 2021. This service is currently only available for items that have already been certified by PSA or PSA/DNA.

Use the same process used to submit an item for authentication and grading. Typically, this is the value you paid for the item or the fair market value in the event of a loss.

No. Your credit card or payment method will be refunded for the cost of the appraisal. Note that authentication and grading charges may still apply. The PSA Appraisal service cannot be added to items submitted to PSA or PSA/DNA for authentication and grading until January 1, 2021. This service is only currently available for items that have already been certified by PSA or PSA/DNA.

No. The request for the PSA Appraisal service is exclusively online until January 1, 2021. Look for more information in January regarding PSA’s show plans for 2021.

Yes. All item must be certified by PSA to qualify for appraisal. Please use the form above to start the process.

Certificates will be mailed approximately four weeks after appraisal order is placed.

Currently, each item receives its own certificate of appraisal. Appraisals for larger collections will be added in the future.

You will receive an invoice from the appraiser shortly after you submit your request. Payment will need to be provided and processed before your items are appraised. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to implement layaway plans.

We accept all credit cards and debit cards using Square. Wire Transfers and Cashier's Checks are also acceptable.

PSA exhibits at shows across the country. Please see our travel calendar. Starting January 1, 2021, you may be able to bring your item to a PSA-attended show to have it authenticated and appraised. Check PSAcard.com/shows for the most current show schedule and submission details.

No. The appraised value is based on retail replacement cost. This is what you would possibly be reimbursed by your insurance company in case of an insurance claim.

All appraisals are final and there are no reviews. Our process is 100% independent. While we respect your opinion as to the value of the item, we are here to provide our own independent opinion and will not be influenced by outside parties, including your own opinion on the value of the item.

This is not advised. The certificate of appraisal is not intended to support the sale of an item.

Yes! This is a true benefit of the PSA appraisal service. The insurance agency will add the item(s) to your policy.

You will have to contact your insurance agent/insurance company to understand the pricing structure.

The appraisal service is an add-on service that occurs after items are authenticated and graded. Items must be authenticated and graded first to qualify for the PSA Appraisal service.

Any item related to racism or hate, including Nazi memorabilia, is not eligible for our service. We have the right to refuse appraisal service on any item.

Yes, on a case-by-case basis, provided it is certified by PSA. Please call (312) 379-9090 or email [email protected].

Important Terms & Conditions of Service

By clicking the “I agree to the PSA Appraisal Terms & Conditions" box, Customer acknowledges that he/she has read the PSA Appraisals Terms and Conditions (the "Agreement") set forth below and agrees to abide by this Agreement, and further agrees that PSA is entitled to rely upon and benefit from this Agreement.

  1. PSA will endeavor to appraise items and issue a written appraisal report (“Appraisal Report”) within the time frame, if any, offered as part of a PSA appraisal service. However, PSA will have no liability whatsoever to Customer for incidental or consequential damages due to PSA's failure to appraise any items within any time frame. All days are business days.
  2. PSA will not appraise items which bear evidence of trimming, recoloring, restoration or any other form of tampering, or are of questionable authenticity, and Customer agrees not to knowingly submit any such items. Customer agrees that in the event PSA rejects any items for appraisal, PSA shall not refund the amount paid by Customer because the determination to reject an item requires a review by PSA's appraisers. Customer represents and warrants that he/she has no knowledge and no reasonable basis to believe that any item submitted for appraisal has been altered in any way or is not genuine. For purposes of this Agreement, "altered items" shall have the meaning set forth in the applicable Dealer Agreement or PSA Collectors Club Agreement by and between Customer and PSA (the "Customer Agreement"). If Customer has not entered into the Customer Agreement, Customer hereby agrees to be bound by the terms of the Customer Agreement, a copy of which can be found at PSAcard.com/join, and Customer's acceptance of this Agreement shall constitute Customer's signature on the Customer Agreement. Customer reaffirms its obligations with respect to Doctored items set forth in the Customer Agreement.
  3. Appraisals involve individual judgments that are subjective and require the exercise of professional opinion, which can change from time to time. Therefore, PSA makes no warranty or representation and shall have no liability whatsoever to Customer for the value assigned by PSA to any item. Amount paid to PSA is NON-REFUNDABLE once the item begins the appraisal process.
  4. PSA will exercise reasonable care in handling items submitted for appraisal. However, if PSA determines that Customer's item was lost or damaged while in PSA's possession, Customer will be compensated based upon the fair market value of the item as determined by PSA standard procedures, which may include filing a claim with our insurance carrier. The declared value you provided with this submission is for estimating the insurance coverage only, and the fair market value of the item may be less than your declared value. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL LIABILITY EXCEED THE DECLARED VALUE OF THE ITEM. Such compensation shall be Customer's exclusive remedy for any loss or damage. PSA reserves the right to decline your Declared Value and to require you to pay for the accurate Service Level as a condition of completing the appraisal process. For more information regarding Declared Value, refer to the FAQ on PSA's website at https://www.psacard.com/resources/faq#104. If Customer's submission is not in conformity with this Agreement or PSA's submission guidelines, PSA reserves the right to process the submission and correct any non-conformity without notice to Customer. (See https://www.psacard.com/submissions for additional information.)
  5. Customer must inspect all items immediately upon receipt and PSA disclaims any liability for damage or discrepancies or errors, including, but not limited to, errors in the description of the item unless reported to PSA within five (5) days of Customer's receipt of the item(s). Customer agrees to return any incorrectly described item to PSA upon request for correction and agrees to indemnify and hold PSA harmless from any and all losses and/or claims caused by the circulation or sale of incorrectly described items.
  6. Customer agrees (a) to pay to PSA all pricing and other charges when due; (b) that any delinquent balances shall accrue interest at the rate of 10% per year until paid (or, if less, the maximum interest rate permitted by applicable law); and (c) that PSA shall have a security interest in the items submitted, as well as in any other property of Customer in the possession of PSA or its affiliates (collectively, the "Property"), to secure payment thereof. Customer hereby grants to PSA an assignment of and lien against the Property in the amount of any pricing and other charges due and payable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. Customer hereby authorizes PSA to file, at any time on or after the date such pricing totals and other charges become due, appropriate uniform commercial code financing statements in such jurisdictions and offices as PSA deems necessary in connection with the perfection of a security interest in the Property.
  7. Except as expressly set forth herein to the contrary, PSA DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, REGARDING PSA'S GOODS AND SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
  8. THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY THAT PSA SHALL HAVE TO CUSTOMER, OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR WHOM THE CUSTOMER MAY BE ACTING, ARISING FROM ANY CAUSE, ACT, OMISSION OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE, SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE APPRAISAL CHARGES DUE OR ACTUALLY PAID BY CUSTOMER FOR THE APPRAISAL SERVICES RENDERED BY PSA WITH RESPECT TO THE ITEMS SUBMITTED FOR APPRAISAL HEREUNDER. IN NO EVENT SHALL PSA OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF ITS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
  9. In the ordinary course of its appraisal operations, PSA (i) compiles data regarding each item submitted for appraisal, including, but not limited to, data relating to the identity, production, condition and value of the item (the "Data"); and (ii) may take, or have taken, one or more digital or other types of photographs, images or reproductions of each such item (collectively, the "Images"). In consideration for the appraisal services being provided by PSA, Customer, on behalf of itself and any third party for whom Customer may be acting, hereby authorizes PSA (i) to compile and maintain such Data with respect to each item submitted hereunder for appraisal; and (ii) to take, or cause to be taken, one or more Images of each such item, and further agrees that PSA will be the owner of such Data and all such Images and that PSA may use and exploit such Data and the Images for commercial and any other purposes, as PSA in its sole discretion deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, the publication and republication or reproduction in or on any media, of such Data and Images. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Customer, on behalf of itself and any third party for whom Customer may be acting with respect to this agreement, unconditionally and irrevocably transfers, conveys and assigns to PSA any and all current and any hereafter acquired rights, title and interests (including, without limitation, rights in copyright, patent, trade secret and trademark) that Customer or any such third party may have in or to the Data and the Images (on whatever media or in whatever form such Images may be reproduced or published).
  10. If any items are being submitted for a third party, Customer represents and warrants that such third party has agreed and accepted this Agreement and has signed a duplicate copy hereof. Customer agrees to provide that third party signed copy to PSA at any time upon its request.
  11. This Agreement is delivered and accepted in the State of California and it is the intention of the parties that it be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of that State, without regard to conflicts of laws principles. The parties hereby consent to personal jurisdiction of the courts of the State of California with respect to any legal action to enforce the terms and conditions of this Agreement or otherwise arising under or with respect to this Agreement, and agree that the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, or, if applicable, federal District Court sitting in the County of Orange, State of California, shall be the sole venue, and the State of California shall be the sole forum, for the bringing of such action. Each of Customer and PSA agrees that the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of its reasonable attorney's fees, costs and expenses.
  12. The Appraisal Report, the terms and provisions in this Agreement, and the terms and provisions of the Customer Agreement (if applicable), constitute the entire agreement of PSA and Customer (and any third party for whom Customer may be acting) regarding, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings (written or oral) between or among such parties relating to, the subject matter hereof. If it is determined that there are any inconsistencies between this Agreement and the Customer Agreement, then this Agreement shall control. If any term or provision of this Agreement is determined, by a final and non-appealable ruling or order of a court of competent jurisdiction, to be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any of the other terms or provisions of this agreement. Each party shall execute and deliver such additional documents and instruments as any other party may request to better evidence or effectuate the agreements contained herein, including the assignment of rights set forth in Section 9, and procedures, and further agree that PSA is entitled to rely upon and benefit from those terms and procedures.
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