Say goodbye to PSA/DNA’s blue labels for encapsulated autographs.
The company announced Tuesday that it has done away with the familiar style it’s used since the late 1990s and will now use red labels for both trading cards and autographs. You’ll also need to opt for Dual Authentication if you want that label to include identification of exactly what’s in the holder.
The change went into effect on January 1.
The decision impacts encapsulation submissions of all types and sizes and includes PSA’s recently launched line of oversized “jumbo holders” that accommodates larger-scale items like 8×10 photos and signed letters.
PSA cited a couple of main factors as the major reasons for the switch.
“The red labels have now been integrated into our autograph encapsulation and original photograph services,” said PSA President Steve Sloan. “Uniformity and consistency are significant aspects for collectors, but we also believe that the added security measures that come with the red labels, such as the PSA LightHouse logo and the fugitive ink pattern, are critical components of collecting today.”
PSA will no longer include specific identification information on the front of newly slabbed autographed items unless it’s submitted under the company’s Dual Authentication service. Instead of seeing a year and manufacturer such as “Topps 1972,” customers requesting authentication of the signature alone will now see only a generic term such as “trading card” on the label.
“It’s important for collectors to recognize this difference,” Sloan emphasized. “If they see an autographed card with the designation ‘trading card’ on the LightHouse label, that means that PSA has only authenticated the autograph. However, if the label specifies year and manufacturer, that means the submission went through our dual authentication service.”
The photos below showcase some of the changes.
Collectors who possess large collections of previously encapsulated items in PSA/DNA blue labels who are now interested in reholdering to red LightHouse labels can call PSA’s Customer Service department at (800) 325-1121 for special pricing information.
More information on the security features of the red labels can learn more at www.PSAcard.com/security.