PSA SECURITY: A BUYER'S GUIDE
PSA utilizes a tamper-evident holder to encapsulate collectibles such as trading cards, tickets, unopened packs and autographs. In 2017, PSA enhanced the security features found on the label used inside the PSA holder. Not only does this label exhibit new security properties, it also underwent a stylistic, branding makeover.
Read an in-depth analysis of the current marketplace and the security behind PSA’s authentication and grading in this message from Joe Orlando, President & CEO of PSA’s parent company, Collectors Universe.
PSA now offers a cost-free "SecureScan" service to orders seeking Express level service or higher. This new imaging feature involves taking front and back scans of higher-end, PSA-encapsulated items with high-resolution scanners and making those images available on the PSA website.
PSA is imaging the collectibles (cards, ticket and packs) and uploading them to its online Certification Verification site for recording purposes. The free service provides collectors with high-quality images to use on the PSA Set Registry, for marketing opportunities and for their personal records including insurance purposes.
PSA Autograph Certificate of Authenticity
In 2012, PSA/DNA added a special hologram to its Certificates of Authenticity (COA). The enhancement for autographed items came via a detailed, color-changing PSA/DNA logo hologram that was embedded directly into each sheet of paper when the COAs were generated. Now PSA has updated its look by eliminating the PSA/DNA logo hologram and positioning a new PSA-branded logo hologram at the bottom of each COA that occupies approximately three-eighths-of-an-inch across the entire width of the card. Though the older COAs are still valid, the newer ones possess increased security measures against fraudulent duplication or replication.
PSA Autograph Certification Sticker
As part of its ongoing anti-counterfeiting measures, PSA/DNA adds a special, serialized security sticker to each of the autographed items it authenticates. Going forward, that same non-destructive label will appear, only now it reads "PSA" and not "PSA/DNA." The previously issued stickers/labels are still valid, but now the naming convention simply shows "PSA." Like always, PSA's non-destructive old labels will still checkerboard when tampered with, so that aspect remains intact. But the new labels will break apart, all in an effort to preserve PSA's ongoing battle against keeping fraudulent signatures from ever entering the marketplace.