The sports card grading market has witnessed a lot of change over the past few years; excessive demand has led to an extreme shortfall of grading availability at the top tier graders, specifically PSA.
Like any burgeoning industry, entrepreneurs have launched into action, attempting to pick up the slack from some of the biggest grading companies.
One new entrant – Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG) which is backed by a successful comics and coin grading company launched this past February and is headed by a few former high-ranking card graders from Beckett.
But, we’ve seen many new upstart grading companies come and go in the past.
Does CSG have what it takes to compete against PSA?
Disrupting any of the top three grading companies (PSA, SGC, and Beckett) would be a monumental task, but I think CSG at least has a fighting chance to become a major player in the space. Their team of experienced card graders and success in other grading verticals gives them a higher probability of success. In my mind, probably the fiercest competitor we’ve seen in a long time.
Let’s explore CSG the company in more detail and discuss some of the reasons they may or may not be successful with their card grading venture.
Note that I did reach out to CSG multiple times to try and arrange an interview, but no one responded.
Have any experience with CSG?
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