Another major sports card grading and authentication company is adding more numbers to its scale. Sports Card Guaranty (SGC) announced on its website Monday that it would be debuting four new half-grades meant to more accurately reflect the often vast differences between lower grade cards.
The move comes roughly 4 1/2 years after PSA added half grades to its 1-10 point scale.
Effective immediately, four new half grades will be available. The new SGC grades are:
SGC 35 – 2.5 GOOD+
SGC 45 – 3.5 VG+
SGC 55 – 4.5 VG/EX+
SGC 82 – 6.5 EX/NM+
The new additions mean an SGC-graded card can now have one of 19 different grades. The first three new grades bridge gaps between 30 and 60 while the fourth means collectors can look for five different grading possibilities between 80 (EX/NM) and 88 (NM).
Here’s what SGC had to say about the move:
For years, collectors have been asking for more options at the lower end of the scale where condition can vary greatly. These new half grades will serve to reward cards that are high-end for their grade with special attention paid to eye appeal. All cards submitted for grading will be eligible for half grades—there is no special process. Cards that are already graded by SGC may be submitted for review under any of the applicable grading fee tiers.
These grades are being added to round out the options available when it comes to assessing trading cards. They are not being added to complicate things for collectors. As such, the labels will remain the same so that consistency within a collection can be maintained and the 100 point scale will be preserved to avoid difficulties with the registry, the population reports, and other established areas.
SGC will have examples of its new half grades on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore August 1-5.