Sports Card Strategy: To Grade Or Not To Grade? Use My Simple Spreadsheet Method

Should I Grade My Cards?

This might be the most common question among collectors and investors in the sports card space right now. And it might be the most relevant and evergreen question at all times. Regardless of our angle, passion, PC, etc., the reality is that we all want to make money from our cards, or at least be holding cards at all times that are worth more than what we paid for them.

And perhaps the easiest way to lose money on cards these days is by sending them in for grading. This was not the case necessarily just six months ago, but the landscape has changed.

Grading companies have hiked up fees, some have shut down their common submission levels, and just about all of them have increased the difficulty of their grading standards.

In this video, I update some content from my book, What To Do After You Find Your Old Sports Card Collection: The Middle-Aged Dude's Guide To Selling Old Sports Cards (available at, to not only include the updated grading landscape, but also to include more modern cards. It's not rocket science, but it does take discipline and organization. If you follow my simple spreadsheet organizational and objective research based method, you'll be taking the FIRST STEP towards profiting off of your old cards and even recent purchases.

There is a second step that I will do a follow-up video on, and that is examining the condition of your cards before sending them in for grading. Subscribe to the channel and stay tuned for that one -

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).

In each of his entrepreneurial endeavors, he believes it's important to create a community. He strives to do this by creating helpful content for his audience (community members) to learn about the topics he's interested in.

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