How much does it cost for a sports card to get graded?

How much does it cost for a sports card to get graded? PSA grading costs range anywhere from $20 per card all the way up to $10,000 per card, depending on the value of the card, the age of the card, how many cards you’re submitting at one time, how fast you want the turnaround to be, and other factors.

Is it worth getting sports cards graded? The fees often outweigh the value of having the card professionally graded. While most cards sell for a higher price after they have been graded, the value of many of the cards will never be able to absorb the grading fees.

How are sports trading cards graded? Cards are graded based on these factors: Centering, Corners, Edges, and Surface. They give each attribute a grade of 1-10, then combine those to give the card a final grade of 1-10. Anything above a 9 is worth book value or greater, as BGS 9 (known as a “Mint 9”) is the condition expected of the card out of the pack.

What is the best grade for sports cards? Many might argue the point, but PSA graded cards tend to carry a better premium in the resale market versus other third party graders. Cards are graded on a 10 point scale from 1 through 10, with 10 (Gem-Mint) being the best.

How much does it cost for a sports card to get graded? – Additional Questions

Can you grade your own cards?

Self-grading allows collectors to get an idea of the general condition a card is actually in. They can then get a better estimate of what grade it might receive upon submission. Corners and edges that, to the naked eye, appear sharp, may not be when viewed under magnification.

Is Beckett or PSA better?

Firstly, PSA is a bit more expensive and it takes longer for them to grade your cards. However, their graded cards usually sell better and for more than BGS cards. On the other hand, BGS is faster and less expensive and has a more complex grading system. Their cases and labels are often preferred to PSA’s.

How do you tell if you should grade a card?

What should I look for in a grading card?

That being said, collectors know the difference between a card receiving a grade 9 and grade 10 is subtle.

High Grade Cards Have the Following:

  • Zero visible imperfections, scratches, or scuffs.
  • The surface maintains full gloss.
  • No whitening or defects at corners and edges.
  • The front and back are nearly perfectly centered.

Who is the best card grading company?

Found in the year 1999, Beckett Grading is one of the best and most famous grading companies in the world. The company is headquartered in Yorba Linda, California: Beckett Grading Services is a name to reckon with in the trading card industry.

How long does CGC grading take?

A general rule of thumb that many collectors follow is that a book’s expected value needs to be worth about $200 before it makes sense to have the book graded from a financial perspective. Also note that the grading process often takes some time. CGC states that grading can take 106 to 133 days.

How much value does CGC add?

CGC will charge $16 for the first slab, and then $2 for each additional slab. So as in the first example above, return shipping from CGC for five graded comics would be $24.


Item Cost Notes
TOTAL $152.00
True Cost / Book $30.40 $152 / 5 comics

How expensive is CGC grading?

Before submitting comics, you’ll have to become a CGC member, which costs $25 a year for the cheapest option. The standard fee for grading one comic book is $75. There are also shipping fees to think about. All in all, you’ll probably pay a little over $100 to get your comic book graded.

What cards does CGC grade?

Launched in July 2020, CGC Trading Cards is the division of Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) devoted to the expert grading of the most popular trading card games, including Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Dragon Ball Super, Flesh and Blood, MetaZoo, Weiss Schwarz and many more.

What is the cheapest card grading company?

Beckett Grading Services (BGS)

Very well respected in the industry, long-time competitor of PSA. Pricing ranges from about $20 in the economy with no sub-grades all the way up to $250 premium with sub grades.

How much does it cost to get a card graded by Beckett?

Beckett Grading Services Pricing

The BGS Standard service carries $30 with no sub-grades and $50 with sub-grades. For their Economy service with no sub-grades, a card commands $20/card and $35/card with sub-grades. Express services cost $100/card with no sub-grades and $150/card with sub-grades.

What is the highest CGC grade?

Standard Grading Scale
  • Gem Mint 10. The highest grade assigned.
  • Mint 9.9. The collectible is nearly indistinguishable from a 10.0 but will have a very minor manufacturing defect.
  • NM/M 9.8. A nearly perfect collectible with negligible handling or manufacturing defects.
  • NM+ 9.6.
  • NM 9.4.
  • NM- 9.2.
  • VF/NM 9.0.
  • VF+ 8.5.

Has there ever been a CGC 10?

Unsurprisingly, there’s only one CGC 10.0-graded copy of any issue of this series, and there’s a Hard Boiled #1 (Dark Horse, 1990) CGC MT 10.0 White pages up for auction at this week’s 2022 January 13 – 16 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction #7266 at Heritage Auctions.