PSA/DNA Set Registry Rules
Welcome to the PSA/DNA Set Registry®. The Registry contains information about hundreds of autographs and memorabilia. Each set represents years of a collector's time and effort. The Registry is a way to recognize these great sets. At PSA/DNA, we have not forgotten that it is the collector's spirit that drives our industry. We would like to sincerely thank each collector for sharing his or her set with us. Some of the sets listed are without a doubt the finest in the world and are all significant accomplishments to be admired by all sports collectibles enthusiasts.
Each set is listed as "Current" and/or "All Time Finest" and is comprised of PSA/DNA graded autographed balls, game-used bats and memorabilia certified in accordance with our usual standards. Some of the sets listed "All Time Finest" were complete at one time, but may have since been dismantled and are no longer a complete set.
All Time Finest and Current Sets
In order to list your set as current, you must own and have possession of the autographs and memorabilia you are listing or be an agent with permission to represent a collection. (Possession may include items being held in your safe deposit box or items which you have consigned to auction.) An item is not considered owned by you if you have sold it to another and there has been a transference of ownership, regardless of buyback or return policies. Furthermore, this item should be removed from your set. If the same item should return to your possession and you regain ownership, you then have the option to relist it in the registry.
You should retire a set from Current status when you have sold or broken up the set. To retire a set, simply delete the entire set and inventory in "My Sets." (Note that if you delete items from your set one by one, it will also reduce your ATF set completion.) If your set was at least 90% complete at the time of deletion, it will remain in the All Time Finest category and will be listed with a "viewable" status. If you still own the items in a retired set that was 90% complete at the time of retirement and the set remains in the All Time Finest category, those same certification numbers can not be re-used by you in a new set you may start in the same category. Should you wish to re-use those items, please contact customer service first to delete the All Time Finest set from the Registry.
Should you attempt to list an item and you receive an error message telling you that the item is currently listed by another registrant, please use the automatic email feature that will send an email to the former owner asking for release. Your name will not be sent to the other member. Please allow three (3) business days for the former owner to release the item. If, after three days, the item has not be released, send a personal scan or image of the item to [email protected] for immediate release. Registrants are urged to delete their sets or items from the Registry soon after sets or coins are sold in order to release the certification numbers for other registrants who may have purchased the items and wish to register them.
Current sets that are not at least 10% complete and have not been updated for at least 12 months will be unpublished from the Registry. The set will not be publishable until it has been updated.
Buying and Selling Policy
The PSA/DNA Set Registry is to be used to list collections of graded autographs and memorabilia. By the sheer nature of the Registry, items listed are invariably bought and sold. However, using terminology such as "for sale or trade," "auction1108," or listing an item with a sale price is not permitted. In addition, posting commerce website addresses is also not permitted. The Set Registry is self-policing. Should you see an infraction of this policy, please report it to [email protected].
Grade Points, Set Ratings and Weighting
Set rankings are determined by the grades of the items in the set, the "weight" assigned to each item in the set, and the set's completeness. Each item within the set is assigned a weight based on the value of the item in NM-MT condition. For example, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball would have a much higher weight than a ball signed by a less popular player. If the set contains an ultra rarity, the set may be broken down using a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the greatest weight. If the set has little variation in individual item prices, then the scale may be 1-5. Weighting for each set is viewable by clicking on the set composite link found on each set page.
Using the individual item ratings, the grade of each item, the completion percentage and set size, a unique formula is created for each set in the registry. To be specific, the weighted grade point average is determined by multiplying the grade of each item listed in a set by the weight of the item. Then these totals are summed and divided by the total sum for weights of those items. The final set rating is achieved by dividing the weighted grade sum by the total sum of the weights in the entire set. Now, while this is NOT an exact science, the formula should provide an accurate evaluation of each set registered on our site. This means you can compare your prized sets to the best the hobby has to offer.
Autographed Balls and Game-Used Bats are ranked according to grade of the item, not the signature. Items listed in the Autographs section of the registry are ranked according to the grade of the autograph, not the medium.
Autograph Baseball Grading vs Autograph Grading
As of summer 2017, PSA has opened its general Autograph Grading service to single-signed baseballs whereas previously they were only permitted under the full, Autographed Baseball Grading service.
Under the basic Autographed Grading service, the autograph itself is the only element of a signed item that receives a grade, while under the Autographed Baseball Grading service, both the autograph and the baseball are assigned individual grades as well as one final, overall grade.
As such, please note that the service selected for a single-signed baseball submission will determine which category in the PSA/DNA Set Registry it is ultimately eligible for. For instance, if a single-signed baseball is submitted under the Autograph Grading service, which assigns a grade to only the autograph, it will solely qualify for the Any Medium categories. If a single-signed baseball is submitted under the full, Autographed Baseball Grading service, which assigns individual grades for the autograph and baseball along with an overall grade, it still qualifies for any Single-Signed Baseball category as it has in the past.
For further questions or inquiries, please email [email protected] or call Customer Service at (800) 325-1121.
Dual Graded Cards
Effective 3/1/18, to participate in PSA Card sets, your cards will need dual grading. Please click here for details.
Authentic Only Items
Items that have not been graded but have been deemed authentic cannot be used in competitive sets or the Collectors Showcase, but can be added to inventory to track cost and source.
Sets are date-stamped according to the first date they are submitted for publication. In case of a tie the set which reaches the number one spot with 100% completion first will remain in the number one spot regardless of the set's first validation date.
The following information is how ties for sets are calculated:
- Set #1 with the highest rating goes to the top slot.
- If set #2 ties set #1's rating, then set #1 remains in the top slot regardless of the first or last published date.
- If set #2 updates set to beat #1's rating, then #2 will take the top slot.
- If set #1 ties #2, #2 remains in the top slot because that set achieves the highest rating first.
Bonus Points and Deductions
Some sets may have bonus points assigned to certain items within a set.
The calculation for bonuses or deductions is as follows:
- (Grade + Bonus) x Weight
- (Grade – Deduction) x Weight
The PSA/DNA Set Registry is a work in progress. Occasionally, an item in a set originally marked as "optional" may be changed to be included as part of the required items or vice versa. Also, items may be added or subtracted from a set. These changes may affect a registrant's overall GPA and rating. PSA reserves the right to make changes with or without the consent of participating members.
Online Registration is Free
There are no fees to register your set. Simply log-on, add your PSA/DNA-graded inventory, and start your set(s). Set Registry Customer Service is available to answer any questions you may have. If you do not have access to a computer we will be glad to enter your items for you for a minimal data entry fee. Please contact [email protected] for more information on this service.