There is something about a well preserved, untouched piece of history that resounds with the avid collector.

In times past, the condition of a card was always subjective, usually left up to the discretion of a dealer, there was no industry standard by which cards were described.

For 1930-1990, PSA is most widely used, and for modern cards (post 1990), Beckett is most popular amongst hobbyist.

First off, let me state this, as it seems to be the most common question by novice collectors, getting your cards graded does not necessarily make them more expensive.

Some of the exceptions include low population cards, condition sensitive issues (caramel cards), short prints, etc.

Because there are so many factors to consider, it is difficult to black and white rules when it comes to deciding which cards to grade.

For pre-1930 cards, SGC is widely considered the TPA of choice., All Rights Reserved Virgin18has no association with the links on its site and holds no responsibility for their content. No part of this website can be copied without our permission!

Within the baseball card world, the condition of the cards has always been paramount.

For pre-1969 cards, value and grade typically follow a “hockey stick” trend (see graphs below).

Imagine a graphical representation of a hockey stick, for the most part if follows a linear relationship and at the end rapidly trends upward.


Sportscard Guaranty Company (SGC) and Beckett (BGS or BVG) are also major players in the card grading industry.

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