Trading Card Grading

trading card grading

Maximize the security, value and liquidity of your trading cards with PSA certification. Submitting your trading cards to PSA is the first step towards getting the most from your trading card collection.

Learn more about the submission process, the grading process and how PSA maximizes the security, value and liquidity of your trading cards.

The Grading Process

PSA authenticates both sports and non-sports trading cards across all eras.

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

If your cards pass these two steps, PSA grades the condition of each card on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best.

After grading, PSA holders each card in its own tamper-evident case. A label within the case displays the card's pertinent information and unique certification number.

Max Security

Elite protection for your trading card collection

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PSA encapsulates every card in a tamper-evident, sonically-sealed case. These attractive, hard plastic cases provide protection from pressure and most damage.

Once encased, you can rest assured that your cards will remain secure from further wear. Note that the case will not protect your cards from extraordinary events like fires and floods.

Plus, the PSA Financial Guarantee of Grade & Authenticity applies to all PSA encapsulated cards.

Cards submitted at the Regular and Economy service level that are 6.25" x 8.25" up to 8.5" x 11" in size will require a Jumbo holder and incur an additional charge of $30. View PSA's current holder sizes to see all the holder sizes available.

Max Value

Turn your cardboard into gold

PSA can help you get the most for your trading cards. As these examples show, cards authenticated and graded by PSA blow away the value of ungraded cards.

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1968 OPC Hockey Bobby Orr #2

Ungraded Value $350

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1955 Topps All American Fats Henry #100

Ungraded Value $200

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1962 Topps Roger Maris #1

Ungraded Value $450

Max Liquidity

The Safest and Surest Way to sell Your Collection

PSA-certified trading cards often sell for premium prices due to the strength and credibility of the PSA brand. PSA has certified many of the most valuable trading cards in the world, including these record breaking cards:

1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski
  • #1 Football Card
  • 1935 National Chicle
  • Bronko Nagurski
  • PSA Mint 9
  • *Private Sale $350,000
  • (2011 Memory Lane)
1969 Topps Lew Alcindor
  • #1 Basketball Card
  • 1969 Topps
  • Lew Alcindor
  • PSA Gem Mint 10
  • $501,900
  • (2016 Heritage Auctions)
1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky
  • #1 Hockey Card
  • 1979 O-Pee-Chee
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • PSA Gem Mint 10
  • $465,000
  • (2016 Goldin Auctions)

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