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 Topps Basketball DeMar DeRozan PSA Rookie lot (Base 9, Gold 8,8,9)
2009 Topps Basketball DeMar DeRozan PSA Rookie lot (Base 9, Gold 8,8,9) $35.00
Time Remaining: 29d 7h 12m
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2011-12 PREFERRED CENTERS BGS 9 RELICS LOVE GASOL STOUDEMIRE ETC
2011-12 PREFERRED CENTERS BGS 9 RELICS LOVE GASOL STOUDEMIRE ETC $2.25 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 15m
1986 86 Michael Jordan Fleer #57 PSA 3 VG GREAT COLOR, NEW PSA LABEL
1986 86 Michael Jordan Fleer #57 PSA 3 VG GREAT COLOR, NEW PSA LABEL $649.00
Time Remaining: 6d 19h 30m
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1985-86 Star John Stockton #144 BGS 9. Mint
1985-86 Star John Stockton #144 BGS 9.  Mint $34.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 48m
2007-08 Topps Chrome Refractor Kevin Durant RC #131 PSA 10 Gem Mint! New Label!!
2007-08 Topps Chrome Refractor Kevin Durant RC #131 PSA 10 Gem Mint! New Label!! $2,200.00
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1985-86 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #18 BGS 8.5. NM-MT+
1985-86 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #18 BGS 8.5.  NM-MT+ $9.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 49m
1993 Ultra Power In The Key Michael Jordan #2 BGS 8.5
1993 Ultra Power In The Key Michael Jordan #2 BGS 8.5 $8.50 (4 Bids)
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1986-87 Fleer Dominique Wilkins PSA 8 Rookie RC
1986-87 Fleer Dominique Wilkins PSA 8 Rookie RC $27.00 (7 Bids)
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1957 TOPPS #77 BILL RUSSELL ROOKIE - PSA 6 !!
1957 TOPPS #77 BILL RUSSELL ROOKIE - PSA 6 !! $3,400.00
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1969 Topps #99 Checklist 1 - 99 PSA 4 VG - EX
1969 Topps #99 Checklist 1 - 99 PSA 4 VG - EX $54.53 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 35m
1957 Topps Basketball - Ed Conlin (#52) - PSA 7 NM
1957 Topps Basketball - Ed Conlin (#52) - PSA 7 NM $7.16 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 43m
1988 Fleer #20 SCOTTIE PIPPEN - PSA 8 !!
1988 Fleer #20 SCOTTIE PIPPEN - PSA 8 !! $20.00
Time Remaining: 22d 22h 33m
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2006 Upper Deck Reflections Kevin Garnett Autograph PSA/DNA
2006 Upper Deck Reflections Kevin Garnett Autograph PSA/DNA $21.50 (5 Bids)
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~ Gorgeous Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Carmelo Anthony Bgs 9.5 2003 Lebron Year
~ Gorgeous Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Carmelo Anthony Bgs 9.5 2003 Lebron Year $2,500.00
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1984-85 Star Clyde Drexler #165 BGS 7.5. Near Mint+
1984-85 Star Clyde Drexler #165 BGS 7.5.  Near Mint+ $4.25 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 52m
2003-04 Topps Chrome Refractor Chris Bosh RC BGS 9.5
2003-04 Topps Chrome Refractor Chris Bosh RC BGS 9.5 $7.50 (4 Bids)
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1993 Ultra Scoring Kings Michael Jordan #5 PSA 8 NM-MT
1993 Ultra Scoring Kings Michael Jordan #5 PSA 8 NM-MT $149.99
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1970 TOPPS DON CHANEY #47 BOSTON CELTICS PSA 8 NM-MT **BQVIST**
1970 TOPPS DON CHANEY #47 BOSTON CELTICS PSA 8 NM-MT **BQVIST** $0.50 (1 Bid)
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1997 SKYBOX Z-FORCE - MICHAEL JORDAN #23 PSA 10
1997 SKYBOX Z-FORCE - MICHAEL JORDAN #23 PSA 10 $6.50 (5 Bids)
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1985-86 Star Charles Barkley HOF #2 (76ers) BGS 7.5
1985-86 Star Charles Barkley HOF #2 (76ers) BGS 7.5 $29.50
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