Is the traditional card grading coming to an end?

Beckett Media recently released an official statement regarding their immense backlog:

“Beckett Grading Services announced today, beginning February 19, 2020, submissions received will no longer have a guaranteed turnaround time.

With that said, the number of cards Beckett is receiving daily has begun to eclipse the volume our staff can properly handle with strict guarantees in place. From invoicing, to card identification, to grading, to shipping… are coming in at a rate never seen in our history. We are at the point we must address the issue so that we keep the integrity of our brand and the services we offer to you. We built our business on being the only company that offered the guaranteed turnaround time, but the current reality is offering that feature is going to be a disservice to the industry.

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Which means at the end of the day, that we will have to wait longer and longer (weeks over months) and don’t even get an information or status update regarding your submission!

PSA CEO J. Orlando also took a similar line in their press release:

“Even though the division has been consistently setting new shipping highs year after year, we are still unable to properly measure the true demand for our services because of the immense submission backlog that exists. We have increased our capacity every quarter for years, but the submission backlog has not decreased in a material way.”

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“In fact, around 80% of our approximately one million count backlog are of the modern variety at PSA and the vast majority of that 80% are sports cards. The backlog continues to grow to unprecedented levels,” Orlando said. “The faster we have returned the product to our customer base, the faster the submissions come back to us. As we stand here today, the PSA backlog has surpassed the one million unit mark.”

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To be honest, grading won’t go away, but we think a decrease in the future regarding grading of low-end (f.e base cards) to middle-end cards is coming.

New alternatives will pop up, which handles things in a new innovative and valuable way. What would think, if there would be an app, where can upload your cards and get immediately an estimation of the market value and a digital grading note!?

Sounds awesome and too good to be true? No way, it will be released soon!

You can sign up to become an exclusive early adopter and be one of the first collectors worldwide to test and use it. All you have to do is to sign up on that landing page with your e-mail address:

What do you think about grading? Tell us in the comments!


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