Submissions 101: Submission Types2 min read

When Getting Cards Graded, Choosing the Right ‘Submission Type’ is Important

To show more collectors how easy it is to submit their cards to get graded, PSA is now launching several new company-produced videos within its “Submissions 101” lineup. The step-by-step tutorials are simply designed to help collectors better understand the submission process.

In this video, aptly entitled “Submission Types,” PSA Vice President Steve Sloan defines the differences between four categories from which to choose – Grading, Review, Crossover or Reholder – when filling out your online submission. These classifications signal to PSA’s card grading experts exactly what the individual collector is requesting with their order.


GRADING: This is the standard authentication and grading service offered by PSA for raw items. This category easily represents close to 95% of all the company’s orders. Again, this is for “raw” cards in your collection, ones that are not yet already encased inside a PSA (or any other third-party authenticator’s) cardholder. This service authenticates and grades the card.

REVIEW: This classification is for any cards that have already been graded by PSA but are ones you’d like to see get bumped up to a potentially higher grade. Note: Any PSA-certified cards (red label) must be submitted under this service. If the card does get bumped up, it will be returned to the collector inside a new PSA holder. If the card doesn’t warrant a higher grade, it will simply be returned to the owner in its existing holder.

CROSSOVER: PSA is happy to accept crossover submissions for any items that have been previously graded by another third-party grading service. Of utmost importance is the fact that you will need to state the minimum grade you will accept – i.e., NM 7, EX-MT 6, EX 5, VG-EX 4, etc. – and submit the item in its current holder. If the collector seeks a grade but PSA’s experts determine that’s not warranted, it will simply be returned inside its original cardholder. Note: Any PSA/DNA certified cards (blue label) must be submitted under this service.

REHOLDER: This service offers the “re-encapsulation” of a PSA-grade item with no request for the grade’s review. Perhaps the case is a bit worn? Perhaps its label is a bit dated and the collector wants their card encased inside a new cardholder sporting PSA’s new LightHouse™ label? If that’s the case, then this is the service for you. Please remember, you cannot submit PSA (red label) and PSA/DNA (blue label) cards on the same submission form.

And there you have it. Stay tuned for additional step-by-step videos from your friends at PSA.

Posted by Terry Melia

Terry Melia is a hobby veteran who has served in various PR, marketing and content roles for industry movers and shakers including The Upper Deck Company and SCP Auctions and is currently working as PSA's Public Relations and Content Specialist.

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