Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), a long-time major player in grading services for coins, paper money, comic books, magazines and concert posters, will begin authenticating and grading sports cards and memorabilia. On Monday, CCG announced they would soon begin accepting submissions of Pokémon TCG and Magic: The Gathering cards, but added to that on Tuesday by … [Read more...] about New Player: CCG To Start Sports Card Authentication and Grading Division
PSA will announce several changes to its submission processing platform on Tuesday and provide customers with an update on efforts to combat slower than normal turnaround times. Company president Steve Sloan says some of those changes will include: A "Turnaround Times" feature on the PSA website that will update current turnaround times each Monday "using actual order … [Read more...] about PSA Making Changes Aimed at Improving Submission, Communication Processes
You hear the term “eye appeal” a lot when collectors discuss vintage trading cards. It’s a somewhat subjective quality but now one dealer is putting a number behind it. PWCC Marketplace has instituted a program to assess how subtle aesthetic qualities impact a card’s market value. While third-party grading companies work with a set of technical guidelines, PWCC … [Read more...] about PWCC Launches Eye Appeal Scale
Other than losing a collection of cards or having a prized collection stolen, it may be a collector's worst nightmare. Each year, collectors are duped over and over by purchasing fake or altered cards. With improved printing capabilities and other technologies, it is easier than ever to create authentic-looking forged and altered vintage cards. While no 100% foolproof … [Read more...] about 8 Collecting Tips To Help You Avoid Being Ripped Off
In the May 1974 issue of The Trader Speaks, long-time collector Gavin Riley wrote a column entitled A Standard Guide to Card Collecting. The approximately 700-word missive was meant to show collectors what the generally accepted guidelines were when it came to grading cards. With no grading company in place, it was up to sellers to state the condition of certain card, lot or … [Read more...] about Baseball Card Grading Circa 1974
Graded sports cards can be found by the thousands on eBay. It’s a little hard to believe how prevalent and accepted the concept has become considering the anti-grading uproar that ensued when it was first announced that PSA would enter the card grading business nearly two decades ago. Now, it's a question collectors ask themselves all the time: Should I get my … [Read more...] about Should I Get My Sports Cards Graded?