Card grading, specifically PSA, has been around since 1991. Grading plays a vital role in the advancement of the trading card hobby. Both the buyer and seller know that a card graded a PSA 3 has specific requirements. Moreover, the buyer and seller know that a specific card in a PSA 3 will command a certain price.
Before you get a card graded, it’s important to know from a business perspective if it makes sense to have it graded. Having a card graded plays an important role when it comes to maximizing the value. A $100 card ungraded could be a $25,000 card when graded. However, a $100 card ungraded could be a $75 card after grading. For many new entrants into the hobby that are sitting on a pile of cards, it can be frustrating to know what should and should NOT be graded. My suggestion is to search out well respected people in the hobby on social media and via referral to see if they are willing to help. In order for the hobby to keep growing, we must have new/passionate/like-minded enthusiasts. We all started from nothing and it’s our job to pay it forward. It’s not always about making money. If somebody has a pile of cards and wants to know if they should be graded, help them out. You will be rewarded for your generosity down the line.
*For transparency purposes, Michael is the Head Appraiser for PSA*