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PSA Grading Costs – 2023 Update

This guide to PSA Grading prices will remain constantly updated. Check back frequently for up to date grading costs.

Updated Sep 30, 2023

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PSA's card grading prices have been quite volatile thoughout the past several years.

To offset an onslaught in demand during the midst of the pandemic, PSA shut down all card grading services at its most affordable price points 

The acquisition of Collector's Universe (the parent of PSA) has brought about a multitude of operational changes to improve PSA's grading service. 

Still, that hasn't stopped collectors from thinking PSA (aka Professional Sports Authenticator) is the devil of the industry, controlling the fortunes of the hobby, and squeezing every last dime from grading fees.  

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In fact, in one recent blog comment here, I was accused of being a 'shill' for the major grading companies.  Something I found quite laughable, as I've consistently offered an unbiased review and perspective of the grading companies. 

But in terms of PSA's card grading prices, things are starting to get back to a more 

In a recent update, PSA announced that it was instituting $19 Bulk Card grading for members of its PSA Collector's Club (annual $99 fee). Note for these PSA bulk submissions, you must send in a minimum of 20 cards. And the declared value maximium value is $199. And expected turnaround time on your PSA slab is reduced from 120 to 65 days.

*Note, the ‘declared value’ is what you estimate your card will be worth after PSA grades it.  This is not an exact science, and is mostly used for insurance purposes.  Assuming that you don’t abuse the system, PSA won’t upcharge you if you are slighly off on value expectations, but it can happen.

Is PSA's $19 Bulk Grading Service Fee Worth It?

Some newer collectors might see a $19 grading fee as a bargain, given most of the big three have been at $30 and above on standard grading prices for the last few years. However, PSA's bulk grading was at $8 pre-pandemic, a price we might not ever see again.

For a card worth less than $199, a $19 grading fee is probably not worth the hassle, unless you are grading for personal tastes. After paying for the back and forth shipping and the grading fee, it just isn't worth it.  

Plus, PSA's estimates of a 65 day turnaround could be low, especially if they are inundated with bulk grading requests. There are some collectors I've spoken to that still have orders with PSA that were sent over a year ago.

Aside From Bulk Grading What Are The PSA Grading Service Levels?

For non-bulk grading submissions, PSA Collectors Club Members can submit individual cards at the 'Value Service' level at a cost of $30 per card. This grading level allows for up to a $499 declared value. PSA claims that the 'Value' service level will be returned in 90-120 days.

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PSA Grading Chart 2023

For collectors looking for a bit of a quicker turnaround time, the 'Value Plus' grading level at $40 is probably the best bet.  PSA ups the declared value to $499 with a turnaround time of 20 days.  

For $75, collectors can grade cards for up to a declared value of $1499 at PSA's 'Regular' grading level with a quicker turnaround time of 10 days.

Collectors with baseball cards at a value of $1500 or above can look to PSA's Express, Super Express or Walk Through services.

For more information on card grading services please see our comprehensive guide Sports Card Grading 101: The Definitive Tutorial

So, ultimately, its a good sign that grading prices are normalizing. Although this is somewhat at the expense of the graders themselves -  according to Gem Rate, there has been an 11% drop in PSA graded cards graded over the past month

Now that the grading backlogs are clearing, if we see more softness in pricing, we could start to see more competiveness in terms of pricing.

$10 bulk submissions with high declared values and quick (month or less) turnaround times would be a very welcome goal!

What are your thoughts on the recent pricing changes at PSA?

What's The Cheapest Card Grading Service?

Currently, just based on pricing, PSA has the lowest priced tier for card grading. PSA's Collector's Club service (which costs $99/year) is offering $18 bulk card grading on submissions of 25 or more cards. This pricing tier however only allows for a declared value up to $199.  SGC's lowest tier is now $20 for bulk submissions, but allows for a declared value of up to $1500. 

How To Get A Card PSA Graded

The card grading process with PSA is fairly straightforward. Visit PSA's online card submission center and go through the process of entering your card(s) that you want to get graded. It will ask for payment information and once complete, will provide an address for you to ship the cards to.  Once received by PSA, they will enter the card into their online database and provide updates along the way, before finally returning the card to you in a graded card holder.

Does PSA Charge Before Grading?

No, PSA will not charge your credit card until the cards have been received AND processing of the cards has been completed.

Best Card Grading Companies?

Many might disagree, but it's clear that PSA remains far and away the leading grader in the hobby. That's not to say that graders like SGC, Beckett or even CSG don't offer comparable, or even better grading services. But, ultimately, PSA graded cards have continually sold for a premium versus competitors. Thus, as long as PSA's pricing remains competitive with the other graders, it makes little sense to send your cards elsewhere. 

Should I Bother Grading My Cards?

There are many factors that go into this decision, but it all comes down to what the increase in value will be upon grading the card. I recommend doing some homework, estimating the grade of your card and figuring out what the values are for your card in ungraded or graded condition. I always tend to estimate the grade rather conservatively just to play it safe.

Is There A PSA Grading Location To Get Cards Graded In Person?

If you want to drop off cards for grading at a PSA office it can be done in Woodbridge, NJ by appointment only and on a limited, case-by-case basis for high-value items and high-volume submissions at PSA's Southern California location. Note that PSA also does some in-person grading at local card shows. Note that some trading card shops also offer bulk grading submissions. 

Does PSA Offer Sub Grades?

No, PSA grades on a 1 through 10 scale. The only major grading company that allows collectors to choose subgrades is Beckett Grading Services (BGS). CSG cards that merit a Perfect 10 will receive sub-grades by default for free.

What Are The Costs To Get Pokemon Cards Graded?

The process to have non-sports cards like Pokemon, or Magic card graded is quite similar to grading any sports cards. All of the major grading companies such as PSA, CGC, SGC or Beckett will grade Pokemon or Magic or any other gaming cards. Some even offer specials on Pokemon or any other gaming cards. For example, SGC recently dropped pricing to $15 for any Pokemon cards, regardless of value. Still, expect higher valued Pokemon cards in a PSA slab to earn a higher premium.

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  1. I would like information as to the proceedure of getting standard size starting line-ups graded. Is shipping them to you in a "Pro tech" case, or the like, encouraged?

  2. In your experience, are you more likely to get a higher grade through PSA if you declare a higher value? I have a couple of SI kids card where the value of a 10 could be 6 figures while the value of a 7 would likely be around $600. Thus my confusion, Thanks

    1. Hi Glenn, your declared value will have no bearing on the ending grade. The grading companies do have the right to upcharge you if the declared value/grading level is too low…for example in this case, if you submitted with a $600 estimate and it came back a PSA 10, they might upcharge you.

  3. Hello I am new to collecting and I am deciding on what grading company to send my cards to but I wanted to know do you need to be a member to send cards in to PSA for grading. I was told you had to have a membership to get cards graded by PSA but you don’t have to for BGS, or SGC. Thanks for the help.

    1. Hi Lee, none of the grading companies require a membership, however some might offer better deals for members. For example PSA’s Collectors Club offers periodic grading specials and other perks.

  4. Hello. I've recently been thinking about grading my cards to get them graded and after researching I think PSA is the one I should go for. But I am on the spectrum a bit so I read things wrong I think

    *If I go for the Value tier for say one of my pokemon rumble, let's say Ninetails and its graded at a 10 (which considering how i kept it might be the case) with a worth of $750 I would assume the $60 fee comes on top of that since its over $499. But how this list is put out it also sound like they do not want you to use the service for cards over $499 in general.

    *I heard about the $60 fee and I am okay with paying like $85+ shipping for each card I ship in, but I just need to ask to be sure. If the cards are like really rare like one of my mint 2010 HG/SS shiny Gyarados cards which graded 10 would be $1,234.57 do any more fees get added on top of the $60 as well? because if that's the case it feels like they would be forcing you to pay for higher tier stuff without the benefits of faster shipping.

    *You might also add that with the initial costs of the tiers, the return paid shipping is also paid by the customer, which is normal, but insurance and import fees are also piled on top of that, which is why I asked about the Gyarados thing, an example would be the Ninetails for my first try $25+$19.50 shipping + $60 value fee + ? shipping back + $34 insurance costs + ? import costs. That racks up at least to $135.

    I mean I'm cool with doing it since I am sending in one card to then sell it to fund sending in the others but this just makes me look at the tiers like there is a real chance of scamming myself.

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