PSA has partnered with Whatnot on a new grading option.
Collectors who buy trading cards on Whatnot can now add on PSA’s services during the Whatnot checkout process instead of having them shipped to their home. Instead, the cards will be sent directly from Whatnot to PSA, which will then authenticate, grade and encapsulate those cards and ship them to the buyer.
According to both companies, the partnership is a first-of-its-kind integration between a livestream shopping platform and a collectible authentication company “and is reflective of massive consumer enthusiasm across both categories.”
Whatnot claims to be among the largest social commerce platforms in the U.S. Collectors can interact with sellers in a live platform. Box breaks and sales of individual cards can be executed in real time.
“Whatnot buyers can now seamlessly add PSA’s services to their purchases, incorporating another layer of trust to our platform,” said Whatnot CEO and co-founder Grant Lafontaine. “By partnering with PSA, we’re simultaneously eliminating a critical pain point while ensuring customers that the cards they buy are authentic and have the correct grade.”
“Collectors are always looking for new ways to get involved in the hobby and there are few platforms today that offer fans a more compelling experience than Whatnot,” said Ryan Hoge, President of PSA. “Whatnot combines the excitement of a live auction with the widespread accessibility of virtual experiences and we’re thrilled to join together to make collecting an easier and more enjoyable experience for everyone.”