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What is Unopened Pack Authentication and Grading?

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

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

Learn more about our grading process, insightful content and collecting resources below.

What kinds of packs does PSA grade?

PSA authenticates:

Foil Packs

We do not authenticate:

Rack Packs

The Pack Authentication & Grading Process

Step 1


A series of PSA graders review your packs for authenticity and seal. If genuine and unopened, PSA looks for evidence of resealing, repairing and alterations.

Step 2


If your packs pass these authentication, PSA grades the condition of each pack on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best. Wear to corners and edges of the wrapper, or staining and toning of the wrapper, will contribute to the grade.

Step 3


PSA encapsulates each pack in its own extra thick, sonically sealed, tamper-evident case. The PSA LightHouse™ label within the case displays the pack's pertinent information and unique card's grade and certification number.

Pack Grading Resources

Grading Standards

PSA grading is the widely accepted standard in the unopened pack industry. Using PSA’s 10-point grading scale, our graders examine each pack 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 pack has been graded?

1. Organize & Track Your Collection.

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

Learn more about three great resources PSA offers to help you determine the value of your unopened packs. Whether you’re looking to find the value of a baseball, basketball, football or hockey unopened pack, PSA has the answer.

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