It’s been a year like no other in the trading card authentication and grading business.
Overwhelming volume. Turnaround times that seemed interminable. Hiring blitzes. Shutdowns.
And new grading companies being born.
Certified Collectibles Group isn’t exactly new. The company has been authenticating and grading other types of collectibles for a long time, but not until this past winter did the company open its doors to cards. They hired long-time head grader Andy Broome away from Beckett and added colleague Westin Reeves, too, as they launched CSG (Certified Sports Guaranty).
The company’s timing was pretty good.
Launching at a time when other grading companies were inundated with cards, CSG was quickly slammed with thousands of them and began hiring new staff and adding space at its Florida headquarters.
Six months into the new venture, the company set up shop at the National Sports Collectors Convention, offering collectors and dealers the suddenly rare chance to have their cards graded on site–even those not worth big bucks.
Broome talked about setting up at the show for the first time, the kinds of cards being graded, staffing, turnaround times and more.
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