Sports Card Grading Services for Basketball Cards

When collectors look through the many graded cards for sale they will often see PSA, BGS and other initials in the card description. These are the grading companies that collectors use to give an expert opinion on a card's condition.

Professional Sports Authenticator, or PSA, will authenticate and grade cards as well as game-used items like baseball bats and gloves and other memorabilia. The first thing that happens when the card is evaluated by PSA is they make sure it is the real thing. PSA examines the card to see that it isn't counterfeit or has been confused with a similar card, as the card companies do put out reprints that are close to the originals. PSA then says they check for “doctoring”, which is when someone has tried to hide a blemish on the card. Some people try to color over the edge of the card to hide wear while others will cut a card along one side to make it look like the card has better centering or to hide wear.

To grade the card, PSA checks all aspects of its condition. The centering, the corners and edges, the surface of the card, any creases, these and other areas of the card are evaluated and a numerical grade is given to the card. The card is then locked in a plastic holder, so when collectors look to buy the graded card they will know they have the exact card that was graded. For most collectors, or even groups of collectors, it makes sense to send cards in bulk to PSA. Sending one card to be graded costs around $17, while the bulk service is cheaper but you must be a Collectors Club member to utilize that service.  Annual memberships start at around $100 but come with a few goodies and some free vouchers.

PSA will also authenticate and grade unopened packs. If there is one thing collectors are never certain about it is whether a vintage pack has been carefully opened and resealed, with good cards taken out and cheaper cards put in it. PSA will give their expert opinion that the pack has never been opened, so the resale value should be much better as possible buyers will bid high if they think there is a chance to get a mint star or rookie card and not a bunch of commons.

Beckett has several different options for grading. There is BGS and BVG, and several other services. Beckett Grading Services, BGS, is for newer cards and Beckett Vintage Grading, BVG, is for cards made before 1981. Beckett has various options for the cost of the grading, depending on how many cards are sent in and how soon the collector needs them.

Collectors often have a hard time figuring out what company to use. PSA is popular with vintage card collectors, and the Beckett card magazines are often focused on new cards so collectors of current players do often choose Beckett for grading.  SGC, Sportscard Guaranty, is another option and they grade everything from today's cards to sports cards from the 19th century.

When choosing a grading company, it makes sense to research the prices their graded cards sell for and to use the one that is best for your specific card while also keeping the company’s pricing structure in mind.

2009-10 Topps GOLD James Harden Rookie RC SP #462/2009 PSA 9 Mint MVP!!!
2009-10 Topps GOLD James Harden Rookie RC SP #462/2009 PSA 9 Mint MVP!!! $129.99
Time Remaining: 6d 23h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $129.99
2003 Upper Deck Star Rookie LeBron James RC PSA 9 Mint #301 Cavs Lakers
2003 Upper Deck Star Rookie LeBron James RC PSA 9 Mint #301 Cavs Lakers $99.99
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 BGS 9 MINT
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 BGS 9 MINT $545.00
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $545.00
2003 Upper Deck MVP LeBron James RC PSA 10 Gem Mint #201 Cavs Lakers
2003 Upper Deck MVP LeBron James RC PSA 10 Gem Mint #201 Cavs Lakers $89.99
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
1994 Finest Basketball Michael Jordan #331 PSA 10 GEM MINT BULLS HOF
1994 Finest Basketball Michael Jordan #331 PSA 10 GEM MINT  BULLS HOF  $99.99
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
8 1986 Fleer Basketball Cards BGS 9 All Cards .5 Away From 9.5 Great Investment 
8 1986 Fleer Basketball Cards BGS 9 All Cards .5 Away From 9.5 Great Investment  $1,000.00
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $1,000.00
1986-87 FLEER JOE DUMARS ROOKIE PSA 7
1986-87 FLEER JOE DUMARS ROOKIE PSA 7 $12.99
Time Remaining: 28d 16h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
2003 Fleer Mystique Die Cuts Lebron James RC #99 SN'd/600 BGS 9
2003 Fleer Mystique Die Cuts Lebron James RC #99 SN'd/600 BGS 9 $160.00
Time Remaining: 6d 23h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $350.00
2011 SP AUTHENTIC #27 KAWHI LEONARD PSA 10 GEM MINT SAN ANTONIO SPURS ROOKIE
2011 SP AUTHENTIC #27 KAWHI LEONARD PSA 10 GEM MINT SAN ANTONIO SPURS ROOKIE $0.99
Time Remaining: 6d 23h 25m
2003 FLEER TRADITION LEBRON JAMES - PSA GEM MT 10 !!!
2003 FLEER TRADITION LEBRON JAMES - PSA GEM MT 10 !!! $11.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 1h 21m
1986 Fleer Magic Johnson #53 Basketball Card PSA 7 Nr-Mt
1986 Fleer Magic Johnson #53 Basketball Card PSA 7 Nr-Mt $3.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 23h 6m
1993 - Fleer NBA Superstars #7 MICHAEL JORDAN [BGS 8.5] {Endangered Coffee Shop}
1993 - Fleer NBA Superstars #7 MICHAEL JORDAN [BGS 8.5] {Endangered Coffee Shop} $16.50
Time Remaining: 29d 20h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $16.50
1986 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon Sticker SGC 7
1986 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon Sticker SGC 7 $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 18m
2009 Panini Prestige Stephen Curry. PSA 10,#157
2009 Panini Prestige Stephen Curry. PSA 10,#157 $30.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
1995 Flair Michael Jordan Style PSA 10 Gem Mint
1995 Flair Michael Jordan Style PSA 10 Gem Mint $40.00
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $40.00
2003-04 TOPPS "COLLECTION" LeBRON JAMES (ROOKIE) CARD #221,(BGS-8.5-"NM-MT+")!!!
2003-04 TOPPS $199.99
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $199.99
1986 Fleer Clyde The Glide Drexler PSA 7
1986 Fleer Clyde The Glide Drexler PSA 7 $3.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 4m
2010-11 PRESTIGE DEMARCUS COUSINS RC.GREEN #441/499 "TRUE GEM" BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
2010-11 PRESTIGE DEMARCUS COUSINS RC.GREEN #441/499 $59.99
Time Remaining: 29d 16h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $59.99
2006-07 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES REFRACTOR #67 GRADED PSA MINT 9
2006-07 TOPPS CHROME LEBRON JAMES REFRACTOR #67 GRADED PSA MINT 9 $349.99
Time Remaining: 29d 19h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $349.99
1955 All American Sports Club ROD HUNDLEY basketball rookie RC PSA 6
1955 All American Sports Club ROD HUNDLEY basketball rookie RC PSA 6 $299.00
Time Remaining: 6d 16h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $299.00

« Previous12345

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *