Submissions 101: PSA Card Qualifiers (Part 2)1 min read


Submitting your trading cards for authenticating and grading purposes can sometimes seem overwhelming, especially when the term “card qualifiers” comes into play. In an effort to educate card collectors and help them with the submittal process, we’d like to define the remaining three of six different card qualifiers PSA officials sometimes use during the grading process. A “qualifier” is a term used when a card meets all the criteria for a numerical grade but may still have one significant flaw. This video, aptly entitled “PSA Card Qualifiers (Part 2),” once again features PSA Public Relations Specialist Terry Melia teaming with PSA President Steve Sloan to define the remaining terms: “OF” (Out of Focus), “MK” (Mark) and “MC” (Miscut). The previously posted “PSA Card Qualifiers (Part 1)” video covered the terms “OC” (Off Center), “ST” (Staining) and “PD” (Print Defect).



Depending on the severity of the flaw, PSA may need to “qualify” the item by identifying the flaw on the label. You also have the option of selecting “No Qualifiers” on the submission form. However, there are instances where PSA must qualify a card. That said, this video is designed to help you make an informed decision as to when to select “No Qualifiers” and when to allow a Qualifier on your cards.

We hope the pair of videos we’ve produced examining this sometimes confusing topic were informative and will help you on your way to creating a memorable card collection! Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks.

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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