PSA Grading vs Beckett Grading vs SGC Grading (Massive Guide and Review)

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PSA Grading vs Beckett Grading vs SGC Grading

*We’ve updated this review as of February 2021, to reflect any changes to the market following the rise of Covid-19. This includes expected wait times, new pricing, and any new information.

The grading market continues to grow each year, with collectors and investors keen to find out the value of their assortment of expensive trading cards. Of the many grading options available, PSA, BGS, and SGC are three of the best and most reputable, but which should you choose, and what are the differences between the three?

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The modern card market is dominated by marvels like online auctions and virtual collections, but the process of getting an item graded is pretty much the same as ever. You’ll need to send over the cards you want to be appraised, and wait for a period of time while they certify the authenticity and quality of your items.

Beckett and PSA have been dominant for decades, with the former launched in 1984, and the latter founded in 1991. Beckett tends to be the preferred service for new cards, while PSA is an expert when it comes to vintage pieces. SGC has been around since 1998 and has become a viable third option following massive growth during 2019. 

But which should you choose? Here’s everything you could possibly need to know about PSA, BGS, and SGC, as we take an in-depth look at each of the grading services and what they have to offer. 

 

Quick Pros and Cons 

If you haven’t got time to be reading a massive review, we’ve condensed the main points down into a small section below:

 

PSA

Pros: The highest value of top grades out of the three 

Cons: the most expensive of the three options (PSA, BGS, SGC) 

 

BGS:

Pros: Looks good, especially the black labels, cost less than PSA 

Cons: More expensive than SGC, not as fast as SGC for premium tiers 

 

SGC: 

Pros: fast return, cheaper than PSA/BGS

Cons: SGC graded cards are not valued as highly compared to PSA/BGS at equal grades

 

Who is PSA? 

PSA claims to be “the largest and most respected third-party authentication and grading company in the world for trading cards and memorabilia.” That’s reasonably fair, given they’ve certified over 40 million cards and collectibles with a cumulative declared value of over a billion dollars over the past 30 years.

They offer a cash-back policy that ensures the accuracy of the grade assigned to any card as long as the item remains in its tamper-evident case. If PSA concludes that the card in question no longer merits the grade assigned or fails their authenticity standards, PSA will either: 

  1. Buy the card from the submitter at the current market value if the card can no longer receive a numerical grade under PSA’s standards 
  2. Refund the difference in value between the original PSA grade and the current PSA grade if the grade is lowered. In this case, the card will also be returned to the customer along with the refund for the difference in value

They also offer information about pricing and the number of cards they have graded in the past, which can be viewed for free online. It helps the owner to make more of an informed decision, especially if it’s a rarer release.

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PSA is often the preferred service for vintage cards, which can be verified with a quick eBay search. For example, you might have heard of the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner which set a world record price for a baseball card when it sold for $3.12 million through Goldin Auctions. 

1909-11 Honus Wagner T206 White Border

It comes in a PSA sleeve, having earned a 5 grade from the service. There’s a reason why the owner chose PSA, as it’s almost impossible to get the highest ratings due to the meticulousness of their grading criteria. This means that PSA 10 copies tend to be worth more than the equivalent BGS or SGC card.

This is often true for any expensive vintage card, including Michael Jordan rookies, or the famous 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311.

 

PSA Grading Scale

PSA used to exclusively grade using whole numbers but changed to allow for half grades in February 2008. It’s especially important for high-end cards. They clarified that; “In order for a card to be considered for the half-point increase, it must exhibit qualities that separate it from the average card within the particular grade.”

“Since centering is so important and clearly visible to most collectors, the strength or weakness of the centering will have a significant impact on the final outcome.”

  • PR 1 (Poor)
  • FR 1.5 (Fair)
  • Good 2 (Good)
  • VG 3 (Very Good)
  • VG-EX 4 (Very Good-Excellent)
  • EX 5 (Excellent)
  • EX-MT 6 (Excellent-Mint)
  • NM 7 (Near Mint)
  • NM-MT 8 (Near Mint-Mint)
  • Mint 9 (Mint)
  • GEM-MT 10 (Gem Mint)

However, they only issue half-point grades for anything between PSA Good 2 and PSA Mint 9. The lack of a 9.5 rating can cause some disparity in pricing between 9 and 10 grades, but high-rated PSA cards are always sought after.

They also offer a range of Qualifiers to give you a better idea of what to expect. They are as follows:

  • Off-Center (OC) – They give some leeway depending on “eye appeal”, but an OC card always lowers the asking price. 
  • Staining (ST) – Staining will also diminish value, and it’s more prevalent with vintage cards. Print Defect (PD) – Generally this comes in the form of a small white dot, which is often known as “fish-eye” or “snow”. As you might expect, the slightest defect will stop cards from getting the highest grades. 
  • Out of Focus (OF) – Thankfully OF cards are rarely seen in new packs, as you’ll get a headache if you stare at one for too long. This will vastly lower the price. 
  • Marks (MK) – This could take the form of a signature which was added at a later date, but any card with “writing, ink marks, pencil marks, or evidence of the impression left from the act of writing” will ensure a card gets the MK designation. 
  • Miscut (MC) – A miscut focuses on the card itself rather than the image. If a portion is missing, or the card is oversized, it’s designated MC. The same is true if portions of more than one card are visible. They’re seen as the best choice for many older cards, in part because of the work they’ve done in the past.

 

How To Get Higher Graded PSA Cards (4 Tips) 

We’ve picked up a few tricks of our own over the years, which could potentially help to get a higher grade down the line.

  • Tip 1: When buying a raw card check the seller’s history and see if they previously sold or bought the exact card you’re buying… If so the odds are good that they sent it in for PSA Grading and received a sub-par grade, and are now trying to pass it off to you. 
  • Tip 2: Buy a high-caliber magnifying glass in order to check out every single inch of the card before you send it into PSA. You can eliminate a ton of unnecessary spending on cards that would never be graded PSA 10 or PSA 9 in the first place. 
  • Tip 3: Use a hard Ultra Pro Top Loader in combination with a Penny Sleeve as it will give the best protection for your card. We recommend cutting two pieces of cardboard around the card and wrapping the final coating in bubble wrap. Never use those long plastic sleeves (those are ugly as sin and offer horrible protection).
  • Tip 4: For the very best cards, we suggest requesting a PSA 9 grade or higher, and if that can’t happen ask for PSA to send it back ungraded

In reality, PSA grading can be a bit of a crapshoot. You can check the comments below to see issues some users have faced when sending cards to the service, while others have successfully managed to boost their cards to a higher grade with the methods seen above.

Whatever the case, a highly rated pre-1980’s PSA card will always be worth more than the equivalent SGC or BGS version.

 

Who is BGS?

Next up is BGS. They’ve been around since 1999, having been formed by the founder of Beckett Publications, which has been at the forefront of collectible news since 1984. In the here and now, the Beckett Grading Service (BGS) is definitely a leading name when it comes to the trading card business.

BGS is often the preferred service for newer cards, such as the latest signed autos. This is often due to their methodological approach to grading, as well as their fast turnaround times. 

It’s easier to flip a graded card, so it makes a lot of sense. Some collectors do use Beckett for older cards, thanks to their specialist BVG (Beckett Vintage Grading) service, while they offer a cut-price option in the form of a Raw Card Review.  

 

Beckett Grading Scale

As for the grading system, it’s similar to the PSA scale in terms of descriptors and numbers, but they have a number of extra grades for each of the half-points. (In fact, the Beckett Grading Scale and SGC Grading Scale are the most similar of the trio).

  • 1 – Poor 1.5 Fair
  • 2 – G (Good)
  • 2.5 –G+
  • 3 – VG (Very Good)
  • 3.5 – VG+
  • 4 – VG-EX (Very Good-Excellent)
  • 4.5 VG-EX+
  • 5 – EX (Excellent)
  • 5.5 – EX +
  • 6 – EX-NM (Excellent-Near Mint)
  • 6.5 – EX-NM+
  • 7 – Near Mint
  • 7.5 – Near Mint +
  • 8 – Near Mint-Mint
  • 8.5 – Near Mint-Mint +
  • 9 – Mint
  • 9.5 – Gem Mint
  • 10 – Pristine It’s reasonably extensive, and you’ll arguably have a better idea of the overall quality of the card compared to a PSA graded version

 

Beckett’s top-graded cards are identifiable at a glance thanks to premium-colored labels. A gold/black label on the front of the cardholder signifies the highest graded cards (9.5-10), while a silver label can be found on cards graded from 8.5 to 9.

A unique Beckett Grading Services feature comes in the form of a Report Card which provides specific grade details and leaves “no confusion as to why your card received its grade”. Cards are graded on four key categories: centering, corners, edges and surface. We’ll discuss each one below.

  • Centering – The centering considers how the image fits the card, and how it aligns with the border. Many older cards are poorly centered, so it’s one to look out for! This is judged by measuring the angle, and 50/50 centering is when the image is directly in the middle of the card. 
  • Surface – The quality of the surface. Wear and tear can cause creases and flaws, which are noted here. 
  • Edging – How well the edges of the cards align. White borders can blend more easily, making it slightly harder to detect any flaws. While edging is often seen as the least important factor, it still has a major impact on the overall rating. 
  • Corners – Some cards can be trimmed in an attempt to artificially boost the value, and it’s a common method of alteration. Sharper corners are more desirable, as they’re the most susceptible to wear and tear over the years.

They note that the overall numerical grade is not a simple average of the four subgrades. The lowest overall grade is the first category to observe because it is the most obvious defect, and the lowest grade is the most heavily weighted in determining the overall grade. In other words, poor centering will drag the overall rating down, even if the card is perfect in every other way.

Research into Beckett’s Black Box algorithm concludes:

“In summary: Corners are punished hardest, Centering next, Surface/Edges the least. How much the overall grade is higher than the worst subgrade depends on which subgrade is the worst, and also depends on how much the other three subgrades are better than the worst subgrade, measured by (the differential in subgrades).”

 

Beckett Raw Card Review

The Beckett Raw Card Review is an on-site service that allows collectors to get a quick grade. Results will vary as it can often be fairly subjective, and they won’t sell for anywhere near as much as a version properly graded by BVG or BGS. 

However, it’s great if you want a rough idea of what your card could achieve, or if you’re aiming to flip cards as quickly as possible.

 

Beckett Vintage Grading 

BVG allows for “1980 and prior sports cards to be graded with the respect and attention they deserve”. Their Vintage grading service is seen as a direct competitor to PSA, which traditionally handles older options. 

However, most collectors would probably prefer a PSA graded card, especially if it’s a rarer release. If the average difference in the sale price is 3-5%, that can work out to a significant fee at the upper end of the scale. Regardless, BVS cards are still extremely collectible. 

 

Who is SGC

Originally, this article looked at PSA and BGS, given their stranglehold over the market at the time. SGC has actually been around since 1998, but they’ve struggled to make a real dent in the market until recently. 

SGC picked up much of the slack when there was a backlog of PSA and BGS orders late in 2019, but they all had to cease grading due to forced closures in March 2020. 

They’re a cheaper option, but an SGC graded card is still far more valuable than the ungraded equivalent. Rather than a third wheel, it should be seen as another capable contender if you’re attempting to select a new grading service. 

 

SGC Grading Scale 

SGC uses a scale that eliminates the grades known as “tweeners”, while they claim that “no grading scale is more accurate or consistent.” A tweener is a card that is “in-between” two different grades. The SGC grading scale is as follows:

  • 1: This card usually exhibits many of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tears, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss, small portions of the card may be missing.
  • 1.5
  • 2
  • 2.5
  • 3
  • 3.5
  • 4
  • 4.5
  • 5: 80/20 or better centering, minor rounding or fuzzing of corners, roughness or chipping along the edge (no layering), one VERY slight surface or “spider” crease may exist on one side of the card, the gloss may be lost from the surface with some scratching that does not detract from the aesthetics of the card.
  • 5.5
  • 6
  • 6.5
  • 7
  • 7.5
  • 8
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 9.5
  • 10 MT
  • 10 PR: A “virtually flawless” card. 50/50 centering, crisp focus, four sharp corners*, free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, no print or refractor lines, and no visible wear under magnification.

You can find more detailed information about each rating here

 

PSA vs Beckett vs SGC: Pros and Cons 

Nothing in life is perfect unless you’re looking at Gem Mint cards! The truth is, there are pros and cons to consider with every grading service, so we’ve given a rundown of what to expect from each one.

 

Pros and Cons of PSA

Pros:

  • PSA are seen as the experts when it comes to older cards, especially for anything pre-1970’s. This has caused the price of older PSA cards to exceed their BGS counterparts, even if they have a similar overall rating
  • PSA can be trusted with the handling of high ticket items
  • They’re tougher on corners, especially for Gem Mint cards
  • They offer the PSA Set Registry, which enables you to track your inventory, costs, and populations, build and update sets, enjoy competition with others, meet collectors who share common interests, create a photo album of your collection, and share your sets with others. In addition, you can perform “What If?” scenarios to see how the addition of new items will change your set ratings. It’s great if you want a little recognition for your hard work, or if you want to keep track of your progress while collecting a set
  • PSA has processed over 30 million cards and collectibles with a cumulative declared value of over a billion dollars, so they know what they’re doing
  • Joining the PSA collectors club will give you access to bulk rates when selling cards

 

Cons:

  • A lack of a PSA 9.5 rating isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s painful if you think it should be a 10. However, it does raise the price of PSA 10 rated cards, and they’re highly sought after
  • The slab isn’t really eye-catching as they’ve opted for a plain sticker listing the relevant information. It doesn’t compare to Beckett’s options, especially if it’s a 10 grade
  • In some cases, the card isn’t secure inside the case and can move around if dropped or damaged. However, it’s unlikely to damage the card itself, which is good news
  • You won’t be able to add non-PSA rated cards to the PSA Set Registry
  • In the past, they were seen as leaders in authenticating, although their grading system has vastly improved in the recent years

 

Despite the various cons to consider, you can’t argue with the price of your average PSA 10 graded card. This is especially true for most pre-1970 cards and can be confirmed with a quick scan of recent eBay sales.

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Pros and Cons of BGS (Beckett Grading Services)

Beckett offers a range of niche services, hoping to position itself as the best grading company on the planet. Here’s what to expect from BGS and BVG cards.

Pros:

  • Beckett’s labeling is generally preferred, and it’s easy to see why when you compare their offerings to the PSA equivalents
  • They’ve seen a great option for newer cards
  • BGS is tougher on centering, especially for Gem Mint cards
  • Simple pricing structure 
  • They decided to release the Beckett Graded Registry in 2013, hoping to match up to PSA’s service with many similar features. You can compare cards with others, sort through your collection, and there’s also the chance to win prizes by competing against others in upload and set completion contests
  • Extensive subgrades allow the buyer and seller to have a better idea of the item, detailing everything from the value to any flaws clearly and concisely
  • The BVG service is ideal if you’d like to get a vintage collection valued
  • The Beckett grading population report is easy to navigate and use

 

Cons:

  • Beckett cardholders are larger than the PSA equivalent. This isn’t ideal if space is an issue, and it gets worse if you have a large collection
  • Some feel the grading system is too complex. While it’s great to have a lot of info about a card, there are so many variables that go into the BGS grading system. If you have a duo of 9.5s with slightly different grading stats, it’s not surprising if the price differs depending on what collectors value more
  • The special labels are a great touch, but they do have an unintended consequence. They make the silver tabs look second-rate in comparison, and you don’t want people making that connection while they’re looking at your cards
  • They grade autographs on a sliding scale. Many feel the player’s autograph should have only two options; real or fake
  • BVG doesn’t match up to PSA in terms of pricing 

 

Beckett decided to go down a different route to PSA, and it’s more reminiscent of SGC’s grading system.

The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, while they offer superior labeling and lots of information about why a card received a specific grade. 

 

Pros and Cons of SGC

SGC runs a tight ship and they were seen as the go-to grading service during the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak. There have been a few growing pains along the way, but the pros easily outweigh the cons now that they appear to have sorted things out.

 

Pros:

  • Still, the cheapest service for grading cards, although prices have risen in recent years  
  • Simple design with great slabs 
  • Good customer service, offering quick responses and no-nonsense
  • Speedy card grading thanks to changes to their pricing system
  • Numerous satisfied customers 
  • A dedicated base of supporters

 

Cons:

  • They’ve recently changed their pricing system to a multi-tier package, which ups the price significantly 
  • Some users were left waiting for significant periods after they were overwhelmed midway through 2020
  • Lowest card prices of the trio 

 

The only real problem is a big one. No one likes to get less money for their cards when they are around the same grade vs the other shops (check out the best baseball card shops by state). However, we are monitoring this situation closely as we expect SGC to narrow the gap over the upcoming year as they gain more popularity with collectors. 

 

PSA vs Beckett vs SGC: Grading Reviews 

Is there anyone better placed to give their opinions about the three services than our readers? Here’s what you thought of PSA, Beckett, and SGC respectively. 

Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below! Which grading service is best for you, and why? 

 

PSA Grading Service Reviews

In general, PSA has a good reputation, although some users have faced issues in the past.

“PSA takes a lot longer than Beckett and other options (i.e. SGC) but in some cases, it is worth the wait as PSA 10 consistently sells for more than BGS 9.5 or SGC 10’s. Sometimes I use PSA, sometimes I use BGS, sometimes I use SGC, it just depends on the card” – Jake K. Chicago, IL

“I have a signed baseball with the likes of Mickey Cochrane, Rogers Hornsby, Bill McGowan, dizzy dean, and others. It’s PSA authenticated but my problem with it is they rushed the authentication. They stated the ball is mid 40’s and it was actually 10 years older. On the card, they didn’t even list all of the Hall of Fame autographs on it. How can you not list Goose Goslin, Schoolboy Rowe, and Tommy bridges? Other than that I haven’t had any other problems with either of the two.” Rolland W.

“PSA cards grade higher than BGS which we like BUT they take FOREVER (especially if the card is a patch/autograph. Just depends on the cards that we are getting graded.” Miles H. Boston, MA

“I prefer to use PSA. I just received my latest package back in late February. I like the eye appeal over the other companies. I like they are a trusted name once someone like me wants to resale. Not the cheapest or quickest turnaround times. But I know that going into it. Just look at the Lucky 7’s T206 owner. People use PSA because it’s a trusted source with the highest return on investment.” – Joe K. Norwalk, IA

“I prefer BGS due to subgrades. Plus as was mentioned in another comment, PSA will give a 10 to a card that’s really not a 10. You get truer grading with BGS although there’s definite objectivity in the grading which leads to some inconsistency.” – Sean R. Julian, PA

“I was big on BGS, but the more I’ve gotten back into the hobby, I prefer PSA. The smaller slabs make the cards easier to store. And I like that a 10 is a 10. You don’t have a 10 with different subgrades that make it a more or less valuable 10.” – Drake M. Ft. Smith, AR

 

PSA Graded Cards Storage: PSA has some pretty high-end storage boxes that are DRIPWORTHY (buy them here).

PSA Card Grading Locations: The following link provides the address of all of the PSA Grading Location Hubs (https://www.psacard.com/submissions).

 

Beckett Grading Services Reviews (Check Out Beckett UPDATED Turn Around Times)

Here’s what our readers thought of the various Beckett services they have used:

“Beckett Authentication offers a great combination of speed and reasonable prices. We have received a few Black Labels! We love the look of the Black Label 10s!” – Miles K. Miami, FL

“The Beckett grading in-person option was available at an event I attended… the line was long but went quick. The in-person grading process only took a few minutes from the time they got my card. Pretty cool option… Beckett should look into having this option at local card shows in major cities.” Mike S. – Kansas City, MO

“I would rate Beckett grading services a solid 9 out of 10. We use Beckett on the majority of our cards we get graded. Cheers!” Steve C. New Orleans, LA

“The only thing I dislike about BGS grading is if your card grades a 9.5 auto, 9 people look at the card like it’s a crappy auto. But really it’s not. Now PSA 10 equal to BGS there isn’t an auto-grade.” Chris G. – Westfield, Massachusetts

 

SGC Grading Service Reviews

SGC clearly has a devoted fan base who are quick to note the numerous positives:

“I actually prefer SGC to both the big boys. They’re cheaper and turn-times are quicker. They have really stepped up their game too.” – Mark Y. Clearwater, FL

“Quick and cost less vs PSA/BGS… what’s not to like here?” – Chris G. Denver, 

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“If it was up to me and not my wife we would ONLY use SGC… does anyone know a good divorce lawyer?” James C. Miami, FL

“SGC has the best looking slabs, the fastest time (my Ja Morant Auto RC came back in 1 week), and cost the least amount of the three? why are we even discussing this? SGC is a no-brainer… check please!” Tom M. Austin, TX

 

PSA Grading Fees vs BGS Grading Fees vs SGC Grading Fees

*This information is correct as of February 2021.

Each of the major grading companies has updated its pricing structure to match increased demand, as well as the unique challenges we face in a post-covid landscape. It’s worth noting that grading in bulk is sometimes much cheaper than paying for each card individually. 

As a rule of thumb, PSA is the most expensive, followed by Beckett, and finally SGC. Your own experiences may vary, depending on exactly what you want to have graded. 
They all have various special offers and deals available at any given time, so there’s a chance for further savings if you manage to take advantage.
All three have all split their services depending on the time it takes to return, as well as the value of the card/s. We’ve listed the typical grading fees for each service below.

 

PSA Grading Fees

We’ll start with PSA. Their base prices have been simplified, and are listed below.

PSA Grading Cost/Fees 

A number of their services were currently suspended, including Economy, Regular, and Express. (This is denoted by the red exclamation mark at the top.)

This could be due to the number of cards they currently have, or just a temporary measure due to Covid restrictions.

Premium pricing options are up next:

how much is psa fees

Meanwhile, further savings can be achieved for Members of the PSA Collectors Club. They unlock PSA’s best pricing, plus access to Quarterly Grading Specials and other benefits.

They’re asking for a considerable chunk of cash, but they do give access to the best possible prices in many cases. It’s something to consider, while their Premium service is hard to beat in terms of return time. 

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(Unlike the others, prices have remained flat since the last time we reviewed their service, but they have clearly focused on premium customers.)

 

Beckett Grading Fees

In February 2019, Beckett Grading Services began to offer new service options and prices for standard grading submissions. 

They noted that “Beckett Grading was founded on offering subgrades on modern cards, charging one price for the grading (no matter the value of the card) and for offering an estimated turnaround time, all of which are unique in this industry. All of these options will remain and be offered for the premium service levels.” 

beckett grading fees

However, it’s worth mentioning that they have doubled the price of their Premium service since our last review, as it used to be $150 per card, while similar increases are seen across the board. (It’s still extremely cheap.)

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More information in regards to Beckett Grading cost can be found online by visiting www.beckett.com/grading/submit

 

SGC Grading Fees

SGC used to offer a convoluted system with terms like ‘I Can Wait’ or ‘Need Them Now’. They’ve now switched to basing it on the card value, as well as the expected turnaround time. 

sgc grading fees

As you can see, they directly undercut PSA for more expensive cards, and offer an approximate turnaround time of 1-2 days for their more important customers. 

 

PSA vs BGS vs SGC: Wait Times

The worst part about grading is the wait times. Some users have been left for months with no update, which can be devastating if the price of a card is fluctuating wildly. 

The landscape has also changed following the outbreak of Covid-19. Fewer members of staff are allowed to work, and must be observed to be following any associated regulations. 

SGC saw more submissions after PSA and Beckett Grading were forced to briefly shut down operations early in 2020 due to government orders. However, SGC ended up backlogged, unable to deal with the combined customer base of Beckett and PSA.

Many collectors were burned during the early stages of the outbreak, as interest in the hobby grew, and staff worked fewer hours. (Each of the grading services also has a policy of not letting staff work for too long, as they need to concentrate fully on each card.) 

All three offer estimated wait times, but these are more of a rough idea than a bonafide promise. As of February 2021, each of the services is slowly getting back up to speed and seems to have the situation handled.

Here’s what to expect from each service.

 

Current PSA Grading Wait Times

PSA wait times depend on how much you’re willing to pay. Possibly in an effort to avoid another backlog, they’ve blocked a few options, including Regular and Economy grading for the time being. 

  • Economy: Not available 
  • Regular: 25 business days 
  • Express: 15 business days
  • Super Express: 2 business days
  • Walk Through: 1 business day

Current Beckett Grading Wait Times

Beckett has increased the average wait time for each service level, while you’ll note that it’s 5-10+ days, so it could easily be longer. (At least they’re being honest.)

Current Beckett Grading Wait Times

 

Current SGC Wait Times 

SGC used to have no set deadlines for their economy tier, which led to people waiting forever as premium cards took precedence.

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As seen in the SGC Grading Fees section, they now have a basic turnaround time of 65-70 days, or you can pay more to have it delivered in a day or two.  

 

SGC vs PSA vs Beckett: Final Review (Who Wins?)

Who wins? Card grading is far from an exact science, despite what the likes of SGC, BGS, and PSA would have you believe. After all, you could send the same 8 grade over multiple times if you’re hoping for an extra half-point, and it does work. (Of course, this could also lead to lower grades, and they get their fees regardless.) The point is, different collectors will have a variety of experiences and preferences, so the honest answer to the question ‘who is the best grading service’ is that it depends

Are you selling a 1950’s RC, or it is the latest and greatest rare parallel? Do you plan to hold onto the card for years, or do you just want to get a graded version at the cheapest possible price? 

Each of the services employs some of the best experts in terms of grading, and they all tend to add to the overall value of a card. Some collectors will prefer ungraded versions, but it’s hard to beat a gem mint copy.

Personally, I think you can’t go wrong with PSA, which has to be seen as the best choice for older cards. They get away with charging the fees they do thanks to the prices graded copies can achieve. They take more money, but you’ll receive a bigger cut at the end. BGS is also great, offering a flat-fee service no matter the value of your item. SGC is somewhere in the middle, but you can’t argue with rock-bottom prices and good traction in recent years.

 

PSA Grading: PSA tends to attract older high-end card collectors. The service has been solid for many years now but has faced some controversy as of late, although it is still a good option for grading you can rely on. 
Beckett Grading: Popular with younger card collectors and in particular autograph hunters. BGS fees and wait times are middles of the road, especially after the update to their pricing system.
SGC Grading: SGC has a new kid on the block feel although they have been around forever. We have an old Babe Ruth baseball card graded by them (SGC is very popular in regards to getting older super-valuable cards graded). 

 

SGC has gained a lot of traction in the card grading industry in the last year or so (and we believe a lot of that service was caused by this write up as this article was originally PSA vs BGS until we added SGC a few months after as we were impressed by their service! 

 

PSA/BGS/SGC Customer Service Options

Here are contact details for each of the services. 

 

PSA Customer Service

 

BGS Customer Service

 

SGC Customer Service

  • Mail: 951 Yamato Road Suite 110 Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Phone: 1.800.SGC.9212
  • Online: gosgc.com
  • Email: support@gosgc.com

 

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Patrick
Patrick
1 year ago

Good info. I’m on the bubble on whether to get some cards graded, let alone who to grade through, so this helps. The info on Beckett’s site seems marginally better than PSA (both seem lacking for someone new to the process). But, what seemed obvious to me was that there was a ridiculous amount of PSA 10’s for any given card (say, from 2019 Topps baseball), and maybe one or no BGS 10’s, when browsing listings on eBay. I can’t tell if it means BGS is stingier, or PSA is more lenient, or PSA is simply more popular. It also seems plausible that a BGS 9.5 may be as good as a PSA 10, but auctions suggest PSA 10 > BGS 10 (I’m sure there are many cases where that isn’t true).

On a side note, your PSA vs. BGS Grading Cost section is incorrect; the price table shown for BGS is the return shipping costs, not the grading service level costs. Nonetheless, the costs add up quickly, and is a deterrent enough to not get cards graded.

Brian Benson
Brian Benson
10 months ago

In my opinion SGC is hands down the top grading company. Sure PSA & BECKETT have stood the test of time. But in this business, it’s all about reputation. You wonder why other companies cannot join in on sharing the profits. They cant ger in the club. But SGC did somehow. Maybe it’s because they truly are the Best grading company in all aspects of the business. People, in general, do not like change. Well, SGC is here and they’re not going a anywhere. Open up your eyes people. SGC, is the new kid on the block with all the fresh ideas, and we need to look more toward the future instead of hold on to the past.

Ike Newton
10 months ago
Reply to  Brian Benson

I wouldn’t say SGC is new kid as they have been around since 1998. I use SGC exclusively, but people have so much invested in PSA that it would be a bad investment move to change on their part. My issue with PSA and BGS, along with their die hard supporters is that $$$$ means more than integrity. My integrity can never be bought.

Jay A. Cohlee
Jay A. Cohlee
8 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

I know many that will resubmit 9’s to psa over and over until it makes a 10. You may want to take that into consideration if true that many 10’s are really high 9’s possibly.

Basil ervin
Basil ervin
8 months ago

I’m 2 for 2 in getting a card regraded with psa ,78 Murray 6 to a 8 and a 85 Roger Clemens 5 to and 8!!!!

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy
1 month ago

He’s obviously full of beans, why even reply to him?

Anthony Prano
Anthony Prano
17 days ago
Reply to  Ron Burgundy

Actually the guy was dead on. I know of at least 4 times my local LCS submitted a tatis rc and it went from a 8 to a 9 and stayed there twice then turned magically into a 10

daniel r. hruska
daniel r. hruska
1 year ago

Please check out my PSA complaint about grading at Newport Beach Ca. at the BBB site to maybe help you make a determination on grading choices

Keith
11 months ago

I go with BGS with my newer cards.from 2001 and up.they surprised me on some of my cards I thought would grade low and cards from the 70’s I was disappointed.so I’ll stick with BGS.all ways there when I call Johnny on the spot.PSA wants your money no matter what.and iam not PWCC YOU KNOW.Auto or not I made good money with BGS.STAY SAFE MY FELLOW AMERICANS,

Kurt
Kurt
10 months ago

Do you see GMA making a push to become one of the big players In card grading? The turn around time is very tempting but the resale value seem to be not in line with the other well know grading services…

John
John
9 months ago

PSA is on the decline. Avoid that company. Many allegations of graders damaging cards and giving their own cards or their friends’ cards better grades. Imagine buying a PSA 8 for $400,000 and have a new opinion that the card is now a PSA 9 now worth $2,000,000 plus, or other cards….

Mark
Mark
9 months ago

I am starting to see BGS cards without sub-grades. I think they are trying to mimic PSA/SGC, but they seem to be less desirable than even BGS w/ subs in the same grade (and there is a whole tier/desirability within BGS subs that is another topic of discussion!). Do you find that to be the case? And have you seen how these prices compare to SGC?

Nick
Nick
9 months ago

Very good assessment of the big three. I would like to share my experience. I recently completely graded the 1991 Topps Desert Shield set by BGS. When I first started the set in early 2017 I had bought several hundred psa 9/10s to crack out and submit to BGS as 1 I was as unsure how to tell a fake from real DS card and 2 I was told by a friend psa had the strictest standards. Well was both those statements wrong! With over 400 cards cross graded to bgs from psa the results are in and are not pretty for psa. A little over 100 cards graded lower with bgs from psa to include 3 psa 10s that made bgs 8.5! Only 10 prior psa cards came back higher with bgs. The rest of the cards crossed to their comparable grade PSA 10 to bgs 9.5, etc. On that point ALMOST ALL of my psa 10s that did cross to bgs 9.5 were minimum gem(3×9.5 and 1×9 subgrade). Psa 10s ARE NOT in better condition overall than 9.5. At worst it’s the same grade and from my experience getting a bgs 9.5 is slightly harder than a psa 10. Also I have zero bgs 10s graded from my set of 792 graded cards and there has yet to be a bgs 10 graded in the entire pop report of this set of roughly 4500 cards! I only have a handful of cards that even have a 10 for a subgrade with my set consisting of 8.5s and higher with most being 9 and 9.5 grade. On the authenticity note, I have seen literally dozens of psa graded fakes of these cards. This set being rare and pricey, has been the target of many counterfeit attempts. A trained eye can catch the fakes as they aren’t that good yet psa has let many fakes slip through and graded the card as authentic with a number grade. Recently with their backlog they have let even more slip through the cracks. I have yet to see a bgs graded fake of these cards and I’ve seen in person about 1/3 of the entire Bgs population out there. Lastly I did buy 12 SGC gem mint cards and broke them out to submit to give them a shot. Of the 12, 11 made bgs 9 and one made bgs 8.5! I stopped buying Sgc cards after that. All these submissions came over a three year period not one big submission but several medium to small submissions. I have several pictures of the crossover results and kept written logs of most of them. BGS is the most consistent and attention to detail grader out there. They are not perfect but I prefer them over the other two companies any day and pay premiums for bgs graded cards over psa or Sgc.

Robert
Robert
8 months ago

I have collecting sports cards long before Psa, Beckett, and Sgc came along . I have had or had one of the finest hockey card collections . My prize set was the 1910 Sweet Caporal post card set along with sets of 1910 c56, 1911 c55 and 1912 c57 sets. PSA is very inconsistent grader . Beckett is a great card grader . However,Sgc to me is the best overall company to send cards to if you factor everything. If you really know cards you really dont need to send cards to anyone . If you need to sell your cards sell them to sell them to someone knowledgeable who knows whether they are good or not. Many people are either gaining or losing a lot of money relying on some graders opinion that is always debatable. Dont waste your money on graders .Use your own opinion on the cards.

Raymond Bautista
Raymond Bautista
8 months ago

I have a baseball signed by people from the war serious in 2001 I don’t know if it’s real or not I’m trying to find out

Justin Kline
Justin Kline
8 months ago

SGC customer service is next-level. Always on time. The Director of Operations answered my website e-mail inquiry re slabbing a large-sized card, and even emphatically warned me about the extended time needed for custom holders. His response actually sent me to BGS for that card (because they will numerically grade the issue, not just “A” it). But I’ve used SGC twice now for some highly-prized modern and vintage cards, and they have earned a loyal customer with their high standards of grading (most important factor to me). I’ve earned grades from the dreaded “A” to 9.5 MT+. And I love how they use the .5 for high-end cards within a grade because I value eye appeal most in a card. So that helps me with purchases of SGC graded cards on the secondary market. I’ll know that they look as good as you can get for that grade.

Henry dutra
Henry dutra
8 months ago

Hi , I sent a Super Bowl XI ticket to Psa for grading , the ticket looked great. It took 1.5 years to grade the ticket. The ticket came back graded a
5 , I was very upset for 5 grade.
Will becket or sgc grade a ticket that
Psa has already graded

Mst_collection2308
Mst_collection2308
8 months ago

Let me begin with, I love SGC an everything about what they do. SGC, BGS, an PSA are top (3). My personal preference is SGC period any an all cross overs were either same grade or higher pristine through BGS if I had SGC 98 (10) crossed BGS pristine black label, an always crossed PSA 10 from SGC. They are the most consistent grading company as well as stepping up with more details on grading then BGS an PSA put together not to mention SGC has been well established well before PSA an BGS an they are not going anywhere, some of the most expensive collections are sold through memory lanes an SGC brings some high dollars , does not take rocket scientist to see this company is very solid an has my trust as a serious collector for the rest of my life.

Keep up the great work SGC you guys R.O.C.K, an your company is truly the G.O.A.T of grading in my opinion does not get any better !!

Much love,
Happy collecting

Mj
Mj
8 months ago

How would a bgs 8.5 with crossover to psa? Would it possibly get a psa 9?

Mj
Mj
8 months ago

How would a bgs 8.5 with crossover to psa? Would it possibly get a psa 9?

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy
1 month ago
Reply to  Mj

PSA is tougher on corners as most people know, and even this write up states this, so it’s impossible to say for certain. Anyone who says this BGS 9.5 would be a PSA 10 is full of it, (And there are a ton of these people in the collecting world who claim this kind of untruth.), and likely the person is just too cheap to pay for the better grading company. The truth is that if a corner is imperfect, the best a card can grade with PSA is a 9. An imperfect corner on a BGS card however can still grade a 10. This is fact, check it out for yourself.

bob
bob
8 months ago

looks like psa is selling better grades

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Debating about getting some of my potential high value cards from late 1969 to 1977 graded.

What I cannot find info on is this concept of declared value for the card as that affects the cost of grading.

So do you just claim the lowest declared value and then if it grades high, the grading companies just take what they believe is the market value and then charge you that higher grading fee?

Nick
Nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Beckett will charge the turnaround time of the service not the value of the card. Card could be a $5 common or a 69 Mantle and it’ll be the same cost to grade. Declared value for them is for insurance purposes.

Al
Al
7 months ago

I know for sure Beckett accepted and graded trimmed cards for years

Tony
Tony
6 months ago

It is an excellent article, thanks.I first experienced grading my cards thru BGS and SGC 20 years ago, and then pretty much stopped due to other things in life.I liked BGS best due their grading scale. I think I used SGC due to their lower costs for grading.I sold some and still have some. Very recently I sent some cards to PSA because their graded cards appear to fetch more money, although the cost is higher to grade on some cards. I am amazed that Beckett appears to fetch the most $ only for pristine cards. I guess that happens when your away for 20 years. It is extremely difficult to get a pristine 10 grade so no way am I sending my cards to BGS when a PSA 10 commands far more then a BGS 9.5—-which are suppose to be equals. If I was a new company starting today, I would keep the 10 as the normal top grade, but I’d have one more grade up for Pristine. Maybe just the word “Flawless” or “Flawless 10″….

JT
JT
6 months ago

GMA needs to be highly considered in this discussion. I’ve used PSA BGS SGC and GMA. GMA is no different than the other 3 when it comes to grading. Yeah they get it wrong at times but so do the other 3. GMA is just as strict in grading if not more than the other 3. I do believe they have former PSA and BGS graders. Their slabs are no different than PSAs. At the moment nobody is touching their return times. I’ve seen a 600 card submission get returned in 14 days. All the negative talk about them online is from people who’ve never used them before. Only thing GMA doesn’t have is a registry which to me is no big deal. Resell value isn’t at PSA level but I’ve seen some cards sell at PSA value.

diana bonnell
diana bonnell
5 months ago

have a 1991 classic best chipper jones error with no name on front and reverse is a totally of another player, card #, stats etc. It is in gem shape and was submitted to PSA. It was not graded but shows the card is a Misprint by PSA. With number/ barcode. But not in hard sealed case. I can’t find any info on this card at all. So is it one of a kind ? Are there more out there ? I would sure like to know.

Lief A.
Lief A.
5 months ago

The huge difference is resale value. The value of an SGC graded card is not even close to BGS and BGS is less than PSA. The part that really seems criminal about SGC is they did their best to gather as many submissions as they could during the pandemic. When real customers start to leave negative feedbacks and reviews in regards to their experiences with SGC, you will start to read great reviews from very obvious fake names like, Joey Tribiani (the name of the guy from the Friends tv show)” Mr. Tribiani” is very well known for having some strangely high graded SGC cards and can easily be traced back to many “questionable” cards that “crossed over from PSA or BGS to SGC in much higher grades. You might also see positive reviews for SGC by people who have family members employed at SGC like Derek Grady(Mr Grady heads up Heritage Auctions and his son Tyler works at SGC) I ask the question, can SGC fairly grade cards that are being funneled to Heritage Auctions? That seems like a giant conflict of interest! Once it is out in the open about cards being funneled through Heritage and “Mr. Tribiani” people will view SGC in a much different light.

Bob
Bob
5 months ago

Have used GMA for recent grading and find them to be fair and accurate. Problem is a GMA 10 won’t sell anywhere close to a PSA 10.

Ike
Ike
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Everything is about resale it seems. Don’t hear much about collecting. GMA looks just like PSA, and not a fan of their holders.

David
David
5 months ago

Agreed 100%

David
David
5 months ago

They are much cheaper when submitted in bulk, and if you choose that way theres no Sub Grades

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson
2 months ago
Reply to  David

I have a long collection of sport cards and just getting to grading. What does it mean when you say Sub Grades?

David
David
5 months ago

Of course, U May want to take it out of their competitions Slab, but yes You can send it in as many times as u want, just have to pay for it every time obviously.

David
David
5 months ago

Unfortunate but my experience as well myself, & If looking at items for sale, You can Easily see say the SAME Quality Card, but 1.5-2 grades higher at times! It’s not always that much of a gap, but In my experience, I’ve Rarely seen a GMA = a PSA or BGS graded cards Grade! Even if You cannot tell the difference at ALL! Just my experience as of now….✌🏼

Akeem Evans
Akeem Evans
5 months ago

How long does the actually grading process take? Not there processing aspects, but just the grading of the surface, corners, edges, authentication and centering.

Frank
Frank
4 months ago

Who has the money, or the quality of cards to justify resubmitting over and over! Wow. People have preferences, and that’s fine, but overall this article is an incredible and enjoyable primer comparing the 3 big options! Thanks for this!

Ross Weston
Ross Weston
4 months ago

I recently dug out my 1970’s hockey cards and have submitted 10 for PSA grading. I have the 1979 opc complete set. I have seen a PSA 8 whose corners are decent and whose image is crap. I am not interested in good corners as much as I am interested in picture quality. I purchased a Gretzky rookie nm7 (oc) as the image was spectacular and corners were decent. Whereas I passed on a centered rookie Gretzky with decent centering and corners as the image was crap. I want to see the moment more than I want to see corners or centering. Just my preference. Centered, sharp cornered crap doesn’t do it for me. I have some baseball cards from the 1970’s too. Among them a 10 Pete Rose among other lesser cards. (So I think) I will send the baseball cards to PSA in a couple of years. I will also be improving the 1979 hockey set over that time. I am wary of buying non graded cards (fakes?) but at low cost will do it.

Royce
Royce
3 months ago

This is a great thread – thank you! I’m looking for a little guidance: I’m the original owner of: 3 Gretzky rookies; 2 second yr; 1 third yr cards. 3 x Gretz second team all star 1 x goals leader; Mark Messier; Paul Coffey; Glenn Anderson; Jari Kurri; 3 x Ray Bourque; 2 x Mike Gartner; Peter Stasny; Dino Ciccarelli: all rookies. I might be one of those rare guys who’s mom didn’t throw out the cards. They’ve been packed away since I bought them. Based on all the research I’ve been able to do, they’re in excellent shape. Corners, edges, centering, colouring etc.

Based on the cost scenarios for grading this might cost a few bucks. And, clearly, there’s some subjectivity in the grading which can impact value. And I’m super nervous about putting these in the mail – assume courier is better.

Any advice on getting these graded and shipped is much appreciated.

Jeremy
Jeremy
3 months ago

So I took out my collection of cards and priced them according to the current market price for the same cards online. The cards I have are all brand new condition and placed in protective cases. There is no reason I shouldn’t get a grade of 10 on any of the cards I have. My concern with sending in my cards to be graded is that 1. It’s going to be expensive 2. I haven’t seen any of the grading companies actual processes of grading the cards from start to finish. 3. I’m concerned about damage being done to the condition of the cards while having them graded.

Chad
Chad
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

Jeremy, your hesitation for grading is understandable, but I wanted to point out one flaw in your comment. Just because a card is in “brand new, protected” condition does not ensure it will get a 10. Unfortunately, grading takes into consideration several factors that are beyond your control – for example, the centering of the picture on the card and the quality of the print (such as print lines, dust marks, ink spread) can cause a lower grade and they had nothing to do with the customer. Just keep that in mind before strongly considering submissions.

Chad
Chad
3 months ago

Here’s another point I feel you glossed over with SGC and didn’t even mention with PSA.

Why are there tiers of grading costs based on the value of the card? Meaning, why is it $20 per card if the cards are values less than $500, but $75 per card if they are valued up to $2000? Isn’t the service the same? They are using the same grading techniques; the same grading scale; the same slabs. So why do I have to pay PSA more if my card is worth more?

I wouldn’t expect a BMW to pay more at a car wash that I put my pickup through because it’s a more valuable car. We both got the same service. So why are we paying more for this one?

Also, it was not mentioned, though I feel it should be listed as a con for both PSA and BGS (I’m unsure of SGC) that there is a minimum number of cards you must submit. For PSA, it is 20; so even if you send in the minimum number of cards at the minimum value, you
still have to shell out $400 for some slabs.

Steve Jacques
Steve Jacques
3 months ago

I just received 13 cards back from BGS and was extremely dissapointed as it took 77 days to get them back and I paid for the 10 day service. They also graded a 96-7 Finest Gold Refractor card that was pack fresh and never out of my possession as altered. Totally Impossible!!!

Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson
2 months ago

Is there a preference between PSA and BGS when it comes to thicker relic cards and autographs? I’m getting ready to submit a bulk order for the first time to PSA, but I’m hearing BGS may be better suited for thicker cards. Thanks!

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh Anderson

BGS is not as trusted for autographs as PSA is. Plain and simple, if you want more money and an easier sell for your item with less questions. PSA all the way.

Ross Weston
Ross Weston
2 months ago

Imho PSA grading is a scam.

I sent 10 cards, ranging from 1975-1979 and 1991, non of which met the minimum grade.

Not even a Lindros card that never saw dust from date of purchase.

$700 dollars for nothing!

Be wary. Be very wary.

Mike Fay
Mike Fay
2 months ago

I have a 1980 Miracle on Ice USA vs USSR Feb 22nd 1980 unused “Full ticket” that I purchased many years ago. I would like to send it in to one of the 3 grading companies but would like your advice on how to package it properly to ensure it is not damaged and which of the 3 companies you might recommend it to ship to. My goal it to have it professionally graded in case I ever want to sell it. Also do they appraise the value also when they grade the ticket or do they just assess a grade on it and mail it back? If they don’t assign an estimated value, where would I get this from? Website searches? I have never submitted a ticket or sports trading card previously for grading and value your input. My biggest fear would be that it comes back as a fake but I doubt that since I purchased it back in 2004 from a reputable auction or sports house site. Thanks Also it would be nice to get the card back to me in a reasonable time period. Not more than a couple months seems reasonable.
Thanks! Mike

JS
JS
2 months ago

Considering getting my Jordan rookie card graded after all these years, any advice, do’s or dont’s? Thanks !

Josh Betts
Josh Betts
2 months ago

I also have a Jordan 1986 fleer rookie card. I am trying to do two things: 1. Confirm 100% that it’s genuine and not a reprint.
2. If real for sure, how to decide what service to use to get it graded. Please advise. Thanks

DANE SLENKER
DANE SLENKER
2 months ago

have (2) Roberto Clemente autographs in an autograph book I got for Christmas in 1963 and used thru 1960’s at our local Sports Night show to collect signatures. Total of over 80 in there and 16 are Major Sport HOF member plus multiple Olympians (Richards, Rudolph ect.) Thinking of taking to PSA in N.J. and removing the Clemente’s for Authentication and grading since JSA does not slab. Would you recommend grading also? Is it worthwhile to have JSA Authenticate first? They are appox. 2-1/4″ x 5″. And still intact in book. What are your recommendations please.

Ross Weston
Ross Weston
1 month ago

Further to my previous post upon closer inspection some of the cards I received back from PSA are not the ones I sent in. I took pictures of my cards before I sent them in for grading.

For example the Brett Hull card. His collar was black on the card I sent in, the card I received back the collar has shades of green. Not only that but one of the corners on the card I received back are in better condition than the corners on the card I sent in. In addition there is a short horizontal indentation on the left side of the card I received back that is not on the picture of the card I sent in.

I can’t prove it at this point as time has passed but know it to be true.

Not only is the grading a scam but they are thieves.

Should I lawyer up?

Be very, very, very wary.

Barorot
Barorot
1 month ago

Hello, I have a lot of Kobe Bryant’s rookie cards that needs to be graded. I’m debating between BGS & PSA. I’m willing to spend express grading for both since these are Kobe’s rare cards. Any advice will do. Thanks

Ross Weston
Ross Weston
1 month ago

Further to my previous comments,

Upon closer inspection of all cards I submitted I found 8 of 10 to not be the cards I submitted by distortions on the returned cards not found in the pictures of my cards that were submitted, centering realignments, off center left of the returned card(s) when the pictures of the card(s) has them off center right or visa versa to a greater degree, repair of damage I did while preparing them for shipment (sliced a corner leaving a layer of the card hanging when inserting it in to the protective enclosure) and damage to corners on the submitted cards not present on the returned cards.

Motive unknown, perhaps I received fakes in return.

In any case lesson learned. I will not be submitting any more of the over 1,000 cards I have for grading. The ten card submission was a test as I had my suspicions when I saw PSA 9’s that were worse than my cards posted on Ebay. I Submitted my card(s) at Minimum Grade 7 and received no grade. PSA failed in flying colors.

In my submission I told PSA that I trust their judgement. My trust was misplaced and worse.

I will not submit any more cards for grading to anyone.

Live and learn.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy
1 month ago

This seems more like an advertisement for BGS and SGC. Your pro’s for BGS especially, as I consider some of those pros to actually be total cons. For instance “Beckett’s labeling is generally preferred”. Where ‘s the evidence for that? I totally disagree. Their cases have been know to change color over time for one thing and they are too big and take over the card too much. The PSA’s are simple, light-weight and sleek in comparison. BGS also overly grades in a very bad way, especially for centering. This is not a positive. Why would a ever so slight off centering unnoticeable to any naked eye keep a modern card from a perfect 10. It’s stupid, they undervalue a card in basically pristine condition, and they have also been proven to grade centering differently on the same exact card!! How can the same card measure differently for centering? They also seem to have authenticated about a million or more fake autographs.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy
1 month ago

The most telling and important thing said in this whole write up is this, and it’s not even entirely truthful the way you put it. You say “This has caused the price of older PSA cards to exceed their BGS counterparts, even if they have a similar overall rating.”. While this is totally true, it’s not the entire truth. I have been selling cards for longer than any of these companies have been around, and I know two things for sure. PSA cards sell way faster, and they commonly sell for more money than any other companies cards no matter if they are vintage or modern cards. Everyone who sells both knows this is fact. It’s also the most important of all facts about grading because it’s all about getting value and maintaining value for your cards. Almost all of the top 25 highest selling sports cards of all time in every single sport from Baseball to Hockey to Tennis were graded by PSA. With a few very rare exceptions like that BGS 9 Trout that went for nearly 4 million. That card was a one of a kind however, that’s why it didn’t really matter that it was graded by BGS. That card did hold the all time highest selling Baseball card record for a few months, until a PSA Mantle recently beat it by well over a million.

Kirk Schmidt
Kirk Schmidt
1 month ago

I have some 1986 Fleer basketball cards that I am trying to sell (most notably Barkley, also Bird, Mullin, and Parrish). It seems that grading is a must, especially with the Barkley card. Which service is best in this case?

Dick ButtKiss
Dick ButtKiss
1 month ago

Grading is BS and has ruined the industry. Anyone who gets cards graded for them by another entity for money is a chump plain and simple. Wasn’t grading supposed to end the arguments and now the argument has moved to the graders. You fools, they are making millions on you and fools of you all.

Bill C.
Bill C.
30 days ago
Reply to  Dick ButtKiss

Duck. I read your comment. Your 3rd sentence sums up the issue very well. The others just vented anger in my opinion. So kudos on #3!

The real issue be addressed is what is killing the hobby. MONEY. PSA has now also raised their rates. Then they mention this million card jam. Hey PSA… how about this: Hire more staff to grade cards, stop stealing money. Stop doing business with PW, and stop manipulation what you think are 10’s for certain cards Henderson, Peyton, Bird/Magic RC.

And while I’m on the subject: What the hell is this nonsense about “value” boys ( PSA, Beckett et-al)?? What are we so stupid for??? If I tell you a card is worth 499 I’ll never get a 7 let alone a 10!!

Try this you card-grading -pythons: How about you charge a flat fee for every darn card out here and let the SINGLE STANDARD BE THE RUBRIC.

PSA, Beckett are doing nothing but manipulating a wonderful market and what do we do… yep… we get led around by our dicks.

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wiegand
wiegand
15 days ago
Reply to  Bill C.

PSA is manipulating the market. I can tell you a dozen ways how it’s being done and a give you dozen reasons why. I will never use these greedy dirtbags……. ever.

In the attached image notice how poorly PSA did on the centering of these Jordan cards graded 10. My ungraded card is centered the best.

jordan PSA9.10 vs 2.jpg
Richard Pierson
Richard Pierson
29 days ago

I’m 70 years old and need help with learning how to do this

Gary Downing
Gary Downing
12 days ago

I buy and sell many sports cards and right now my living room alone has over $25,000.00 worth of sports card in huge postal boxes. I have had some of my cards graded and used a few of the different companies. However when I visit a card grading site and they say, “We charge $100 a card,” they lost my business.

I’m a senior on Social Security and I do my best to sell honest, fair and good priced cards, but how can you sell a graded 8, 9, or 10 card to any kid when you have to charge high prices?

I just sold a Sidney Crosby autographed rookie on eBay for about $120.00 and I really wish I had more of his autographed cards and maybe next time if I get one I will have it graded. but then the starting bid would have to be $123.40…

It sucks that so many companies charge so much to grade cards.

Coach Brown
Coach Brown
4 days ago

You may want to update this again. Just as I was about to send a batch to SCG, I discovered that they raised their pricing … a lot! What was $25 per card for <500 is now $75! Yep, I confirmed it – they raised their price by 3 times as much, effective 1 April 2021. Needless to say I won’t be using SCG.