PSA to Host National Card Grading Competition at this Year’s 2019 NSCC Show in Chicago

Winner walks away with $1,000 and hobby bragging rights

Newport Beach, CA (July 9, 2019) – Professional Sports Authenticator (, the leading trading card authentication and grading company in the world, will host a “National Card Grading Competition” at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) in Chicago. The contest, which is open to 77 different contestants, will be held at PSA’s corporate booth (#1436) inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont during designated time slots from Wed., July 31, through Sat., August 3. The overall winner will earn a $1,000 check.

“Card grading is both a fun and challenging pursuit, so we expect this competition will be a popular attraction during the National,” said PSA President Steve Sloan. “It’s not the easiest of assignments, so it will be interesting to see not only who competes but who ultimately wins.”

Contestants will first need to pay a $20 entry fee to secure a grading slot. Once their day and time slots are finalized, they will each have 15 minutes with which to grade a total of 25 different encapsulated vintage and modern trading cards. The test will include counterfeit cards as well as “no grade” cards. Contestants are encouraged to show up at least 10 minutes early for their one and only card grading opportunity. To sign up for the contest, visit PSA’s National Card Grading Competition landing page.

Contest rules are simple. Contestants will use a computerized grading system to indicate a grade for each card being evaluated. Grading materials will be provided including a loupe for magnification, a ruler for measuring, a lamp for proper lighting, and laminated printouts outlining PSA’s grading standards and no grade definitions. The winner will be determined by PSA’s grading judges who will compare the participant’s grades with a pre-established answer key.

The grand prize winner will be announced at PSA’s corporate booth at 4 p.m. (CDT) on Sat., Aug. 3. In addition to the $1,000 grand prize, the winner will take home a PSA backpack and PSA’s five-card fantasy promo set from the 2019 National. The runner-up and third-place finisher will also both win assorted PSA swag along with the company’s five-card National fantasy promo set. Each of the remaining 74 contestants will walk away with one random card from PSA’s National fantasy promo set just for participating.

“PSA’s grading competition should prove to be enlightening and entertaining for everyone attending this year’s National,” added Sloan.

PSA is the world’s largest trading card, autograph and memorabilia authentication and grading service. Since 1991, PSA has examined and certified over 33 million collectibles with a combined value of over $1 billion. For additional information, visit