How Much Does PSA Card Grading Cost?
Professional Sports Authenticator, otherwise known as the PSA, is the most common grader for sports cards. Every card or collectible graded by PSA uses the PSA 10-point grading scale, which has been accepted and supported industry-wide since 1991.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of PSA card grading will depend on the type of sports card, its value, shipping options, options added and the number of cards sent in.
- According to PSAacard.com, grading and authenticating services range anywhere from $17 to $400.
- If you have a sports card that has an autograph of the player, the signature will need to be authenticated to ensure it has not been forged. Autographed card grading and authentication can cost $25. This applies for any autographed card with a declared value under $500. Autographed cards with a declared value over $500 must be submitted under higher service levels.
- A regular service costs $17 while a premium service for card grading costs $400.
- On the other hand, a walk through service costs $125, while an express service costs $35. A super express service costs $65.
What is going to be included?
- Grading and authenticating services include the option for customers to select cards with a grade or no grade. Even if no grade is assigned, the card may be authenticated and encapsulated.
- Premium service includes cards with a value of $10,000 or more. This service also includes autographed cards and is considered as the super priority service.
- Walk Through Service covers cards with a declared value of $5,000 to $9,999.
- Super Express is for any card with a declared value of $2,000 to $4,999 while Express Service includes cards with a declared value of $500 to $1,999.
- Regular service is for cards with a declared value under $500.
- Depending on the service selected, grading can range anywhere from the same day to as long as 45+ business days.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for additional services on top of the card grading service.
- Custom encapsulation costs $5 while a re-holder or re-encapsulation of the PSA graded card costs $5 to $10. This will protect the card from damage when being shipped.
- If you would like to have your cards graded, it may be necessary to send them to the PSA. You will need to pay for the shipping there and back.
Tips to know
- Shop around for the rates of PSA card grading so that you will have an idea of how much money you need to prepare for the service beforehand.
- It will take time for card grading to be accomplished. Familiarize yourself with the duration or how many business days are given for PSA card grading.
- Make sure that you assess your sports cards before subjecting them for PSA grading. Avoid sending sports cards that have creases, bad corners, or unnecessary markings as they may decrease the value of your card.
- Make sure that the card is worth grading! If the card is only worth $10 and you are going to spend more to grade it, this would not make much sense. To get a feel for what your card is worth, consider checking eBay or a sports card pricing guide such as Beckett.
- When sending your card, make sure that it is packaged properly. It is best to put your card in a padded envelope to protect it from becoming damaged through the mailing process.
- High valued cards should always be sent in bubble wrap.
- Because of their tracking system, most sports collectors recommend FedEx for shipping.
- Regardless of the worth of your cards, you should keep them protected and organized. There are many binders and notebooks that are made specifically for collecting sports cards. If you have a child that is collecting sports cards, encourage him to take good care of the cards. Most of the time, the cards become more and more valuable as they get older.
How can I save money?
- You can save money by taking advantage of promotions and discounts for PSA card grading.
- Special discounts may be provided for bulk or substantial purchases.
- Consider alternatives such as Beckett Grading Services.
- There are books published that will give the approximate worth of different sports cards. While this may not provide an exact worth, it will give you an idea. If you are not planning to sell your cards but are simply interested in their worth, you may just want to purchase one of these books.