Set Registry FAQ


What is the PSA Set Registry and what do I have to do to register?

The interactive PSA Set Registry was established in 2001. The Registry lets collectors compare their collections to other current and all-time great collections, ranking sets in order of grade point average, completion and overall rating. There are no fees to participate. Simply create an account and begin adding your inventory.

Can I use ungraded cards or cards from other grading services in the PSA Set Registry?

The PSA Set Registry only accepts PSA-graded cards and tickets.

Can I start a set with just one card?

Yes. Start with one card or ticket and watch your set grow!

Is there a limit to how many sets I can start?

No. You can build as many sets as you like.

Is there a time limit to completion?

You can take as long as you wish to build a set. However, if your set is less than 10% complete and has not been updated within one year, it will be marked unpublished and can not be published again until it has been updated.

Can I use the same certification number in more than one set? If so, how?

Yes, you can use the same certification number in more than one set as long as the sets are not identical set checklists. For example, you can use the same certification number in a 1954 Bowman Basic Set and a 1954 Bowman Master Set because these are different set checklists. You cannot use the same certification in two 1954 Bowman Basic Sets. If you have the sets started, simply add your new inventory in ADD INVENTORY using the “Add these items to all of your existing sets which they match or replace items if the rating of the new item is higher.” feature and commit the changes to your sets. If you wish to begin new sets, first add your inventory and then add your new sets.

What is the difference between a basic and master set?

A basic set checklist allows cards either with or without variations to be used in each slot. A master set requires a specific card , which may or may not be a variation, for each slot.

How do I rename my set?

Go to MY SETS and view the set you wish to rename. Click EDIT in the information box, change your set name, then click UPDATE.

If I delete a set, can it be restored?

Yes. Email [email protected] and request that the set be restored. Note, however if you have placed any of the inventory items from that set in a like set checklist, that inventory will not be restored with the reactivated set. Inventory cannot be used in two sets of the same type.

Why does "Edit" appear by my set in the Registry?

If you are logged in, you can go to MY SET REGISTRY from your set in the Registry. Only you see the "Edit" link and if you have marked your sets not viewable to the public, only you can view your sets. Once you logout, "Edit" will disappear from your set name.

What are weights?

Within a set, not all cards and tickets have the same value. Sets in the PSA Set Registry are weighted on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the rarest item and 1 being the most common. While it may be in true in some instances that an item may be many times over 10 as rare as the most common item in the set, the Registry keeps the scale simple so that all levels of collectors can compete. Each item within the set is assigned a weight based on the value of the item in NM-MT condition.

Why are some sets not weighted?

Sets may be added without weights so that collectors may begin adding their cards. Eventually, all sets will be weighted.

How is the GPA calculated?

The Weighted Grade Point Average is the grade of each item registered in the set multiplied by the weight and then summed. That sum is divided by the total number of registered card weights.

How is the Set Rating calculated?

The Set Rating is achieved by dividing the weighted grade sum by the total sum of the weights in the entire set.

How are bonus points and deductions calculated?

The calculation for bonuses or deductions is as follows:

(Grade + Bonus) x Weight
(Grade - Deduction) x Weight

There are a few sets that have extremely rare cards as optional. In those sets, the card may receive a bonus point which is added to the total GPA.

What do I do if I receive a message that a new inventory item I am trying to add is listed in another member’s set?

It is each member’s responsibility to keep his or her inventory up-to-date. However, in the event that you receive a message that your inventory item has not been added because it is residing in another member’s set, you will be provided the option to send an automatic email to that member requesting that the card be removed. If, after 3 business days, the inventory item has not been removed, please submit a scan of the front and back of the card to [email protected] and the item will be removed for you.

I received an "unknown cert" error message after adding an item. What does that mean?

This means that the item you are attempting is not being recognized in the PSA database. Email scans of the front and back of your item to [email protected] to resolve the problem.

I have added inventory and my cards are not being associated with any of my sets. What do I do?

Click the link called "Report a cert that should match this checklist" which is located just above the set checklist in the set in MY SETS. Locate the missing card in the dropdown box, type in your certification number and submit. Allow one business day for the set to be updated by customer service.

How to I get a new card added to a Basic & Collectors Issues set or Master player set that is not listed in the checklist?

Click the link called "Report a cert that should match this checklist" which is located just above the set checklist in the set in MY SETS. Select "New Slot," type in your certification number, and submit. Additions can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks depending on the backload.

How can I get a new set checklist added to the Registry?

There is a new set request form located on the SET REQUEST page which can be accessed by the link on the top menu bar. You must have at least five cards from that set in order to request a new set. New set checklists can take anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks to get loaded depending on the backload.

Is the Collectors Showcase category different from the other categories?

The Collectors Showcase is a non-competitive area where collectors can show-off their cards that might not necessarily fit into a defined “set.” Showcase sets are not ranked.

How can I delete comments placed on my sets by another member?

When you login into the Registry, you can delete comments made by other members by going to the set where the comment was made.

Can I prevent certain members from placing comments on my sets?

If a member has placed a comment on your set, you can block that member from adding further comments to your set by logging in and clicking the Block This User From Posting link that appears by the user's comment. Note that you should delete the comment after blocking the user.

When do the PSA Set Registry awards and Hall of Fame inductions occur?

The deadline for the awards is every year at the end of May. The winners are announced in mid-July and are presented with their awards at a luncheon held every year at the National Sport Collectors summer convention.

Is my set automatically considered for the awards?

All sets ranked in the top 5 are reviewed for the awards.

Can I add items with a barcode scanner?

Yes. Handheld laser barcode scanners with the symbol LS2208 will allow you to add your inventory by scanning the barcode.