Submissions 101: Online vs. Paper


To encourage more collectors to submit their cards for grading, PSA created its popular “Submissions 101” video series. Several step-by-step tutorials have been produced to assist collectors with their card-grading pursuits. This entry, entitled “Online vs. Paper,” explains the best practices to follow when deciding to submit your cards with paper forms and features PSA Marketing Coordinator Ta’Cora Burgess and PSA V.P. Steve Sloan.


First, even though PSA encourages collectors to use the online submission center, we understand that there are some instances, like at card shows, for instance, when the carbon-copy form is necessary. However, if you do have access to the internet, it’s quite helpful to peruse and/or download PSA’s “How to Submit” PDF located on the company’s Resources page. That provides all the necessary step-by-step instructions to follow when making a card-grading submission.

Next, legibility is key, so write clearly on the submission form. It sounds almost unnecessary to remind people of this, but you’d be surprised by how many card collectors there are out there with sloppy penmanship.

Finally, once you are done filling out your submission form, please sign PSA’s Terms & Conditions section. There is a separate PSA video forthcoming that covers the Terms & Conditions scenario so please watch that one as well to familiarize yourself with the submission agreement. Lastly, the submission form includes several carbon copies, the last copy of which – the gold one – you should keep. The other copies should be included with your cards and sent back to PSA. And there you have it.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more step-by-step instructional videos from your friends at PSA.

Posted by Terry Melia

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

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