Sports Card Strategy: Should You Get Your Cards Graded With SGC While PSA Is Closed?

The Proof Is In The Data. It's now officially recommended that you submit your cards to SGC during the PSA shutdown. Their short term and long term value will not only be fine; it may be amazing.

After spending January - March of 2021 researching graded card data on the market, I was shocked to find how quickly and drastically things have changed in just a few months.

SGC has come back strong, scaling and proving their ability to provide top notch customer service, turn around times and competitive pricing - and of course the Black Tux slabs are pretty sick compared to PSA's bland branding and boring labels.. But let's be honest, that's NOT enough for us competitive sports card collectors to give in and abandon our trusted industry leader, PSA.

We need to see some real data that compares the sales prices of SGC graded cards against their PSA equivalents.

In this episode of Sports Card Strategy, I do a shallow - but deep enough dive - into three relevant cards with both PSA and SGC sales data.

Thanks to Sports Card Investor and Starstock, I was able to find some super interesting takeways that may shock you.

I'd love it if you watch and comment!

Happy Collecting!

Paul Hickey is a Digital Creator, spending about about 60% of his work time building WordPress websites for small businesses, 20% of his work time running an eCommerce Sports Cards and Digital Collectibles business at and another 20% of his work time authoring books and creating digital art in the form of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

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  1. marcus brooks on June 17, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    PSA has a track record of some unsavory practices. They have unfortunately graded and authenticated trimmed cards. They have also authenticated and slabbed fake autographs from forgers. In addition, their end-around price hike for expensive cards such as Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookies smacks of (Dare I say) skimming.

    The attraction of PSA is due to their famous vintage card registry. However, when they crossed into modern cards, they just had too many fumbles at the goal line to bring home touchdowns.

    I was a Beckett loyalist for over 12 years. Their customer service began slacking as well as their communication about turnaround times.

    SGC has given me quality product (so far). I’m very happy with choosing them.

    • Paul Hickey on June 18, 2021 at 3:15 am

      Hi Marcus!
      First of all thank you so much for reading and commenting. This is very interesting information and I appreciate you sharing your experiences with PSA, BGS and SGC. I’m definitely looking to be more of an SGC submitter moving forward. I believe PSA will hold value, but I’m not looking to submit anymore cards to them, maybe ever, to be honest.

      Glad to hear you’re happy with SGC and seems like we’re on the same page. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you out in your collecting.

      Also, I just wrote a book about sports cards and I’m happy to send you a free copy if you’re interested. Just fill out the form here –

      Happy Collecting!


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