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What is Ticket Authentication and Grading?

PSA is the largest and most respected third-party authentication and grading company in the world for tickets and memorabilia.

Authentication is the process of verifying the originality or genuineness of a ticket. Grading is assessing the quality and condition of a ticket using PSA’s 10-point grading scale. Grading can only take place after a ticket has been deemed authentic.

From milestone sporting events to historic concerts and more, PSA authenticates and grades tickets throughout the hobby. Learn more about our grading process, insightful content and collecting resources below.

What kinds of tickets does PSA grade?

PSA authenticates and grades full and stub tickets from all event types. Here are just a few of the more popular ticket types that collectors submit to PSA:

MLB regular season, All-Star games, playoffs and World Series
NFL regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl
NBA regular season, playoffs and NBA Finals
NHL regular season, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals
Indy 500
Kentucky Derby
Boxing events
College Football Bowl games
NCAA Finals

We will grade entertainment tickets on a case-by-case basis. Please call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or email [email protected] for inquiries.

We will not grade Ticket Master-issued tickets for sporting events, high school tickets, audit or gate stubs, fan tickets issued after the event or Phantom Tickets where the event never took place.

The Ticket Authentication & Grading Process

Step 1


A series of PSA graders review your tickets for authenticity. If genuine, PSA looks for evidence of doctoring, such as re-coloring or trimming.

Step 2


If your tickets pass authentication, PSA grades the condition of each ticket on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best. PSA labels tickets as "Authentic" when requested and when no grade is possible due to excessive wear.

Step 3


After grading, PSA encapsulates each ticket in its own sonically sealed, tamper-evident case. The PSA LightHouse™ label within the case displays the ticket's pertinent information and unique certification number.

Ticket Grading Resources

Grading Standards

PSA grading is the widely accepted standard in the ticket industry. Using PSA’s 10-point grading scale, our graders examine each ticket before applying its grade. Learn more about PSA’s grading scale, starting from PSA Poor to Fair all the way to PSA Gem Mint 10.

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What to do after your ticket has been graded?

1. Join the PSA Set Registry.

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2. Find out what your PSA-graded tickets are worth.

Learn more about three great resources PSA offers to help you determine the value of your tickets. Whether you’re looking to find the value of a Super Bowl, World Series or All-Star game ticket, PSA has the answer.

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