3rd Party Graded Cards:  Currently, the top three respected grading card companies are PSA (Professional Sports Authenticators), SGC (Sports Card Guarantee), and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). These companies evaluate trading cards on a 1-10 grading scale, with 10 being the highest possible certifying that without a doubt that card is of the gem mint pedigree.

The criteria which the grading is based off of consists of the following:
  • Centering:  The closer the borders of a trading card are to 50/50 compared with the subject of the card, increases the cards chances of a higher grade. A cardmay be perfect otherwise, but if the cards centering is not at least 75/25 a card can grade no higher than a 7/10 which is considered near mint. To most collectors and dealers alike centering is one of the most important characteristics of a card.
  • Surface:  The surface of a card is also very important. Any blemishes, indentations, staining, creases, or anything else that subtracts from the visual eye appeal of a card will hinder the grade greatly.  If the obverse of a trading card has great eye appeal with little to no wear, but the reverse has soiling or other surface damage the highest grade achievable would be a 5/10 or EX (excellent).
  • Corners:   Corners of most trading cards should be razor sharp at a perfect right angle.  A few exceptions to this rule include the following: Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards. These cards were printed with rounded corners which enables achieving higher grades more easily than the average trading cards.  The more rounded the corners are the harder it is to move up on the grading scale. If corners have begun to split so individual fibers can be seen this further hurts the value of a trading card. In order to achieve a grade of an 8/10 NM/MT (near mint-mint) or better corners must be nearly perfect.
  • Edges:  Finally, last but certainly not least, the edges of a card must be crisp. If a card has any chipping, warping, tearing, or any other negative factors taking away from eye appeal on the edges of the card it will lower a cards overall grade.
Note:  Each of these four factors are taken into careful consideration and an average of these sub-grades will then dictate what grade the card receives.  These companies will also have 2-3 graders or more grade the same card to be sure cards receive the grades they deserve.  The cards are then encapsulated in tamper proof slabs with a description of the card and its grade.  Cards that have already been professionally graded by one of the three top graders mentioned earlier will receive significant premiums. Submitting cards can be very expensive and we understand that when we are making offers. If cards have not been professionally graded, our in house grader will grade your cards on the same scale using the same in depth criteria that the other three houses use before an offer is made.  We will never under value your investment and waste your time with low ball offers.

Pre-War Sports Cards

Trading cards printed prior to 1939 are described as “Pre-War” era cards. These cards are highly sought after by collectors today due to their rarity, desirability, and historical significance. Pre-War cards were more of a novelty, originally packaged with assorted candy, caramels, gum, and cigarettes, or given out as a thank you by small business owners to patrons who frequented their establishments. The subjects of these cards ranged from prominent sports figures of the day such as Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb to past United States Presidents and movie stars. Other subjects of cards from this time period included outlaws and famous Native Americans from the old wild west, pirates, and military powers of the world along with various battle scenes.

Vintage/Modern Sports Cards

We also buy trading cards from the late 1800s through the 2020s, with a particular focus on baseball cards from the late 1800s through the 1960s. Vintage baseball cards featuring Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays are amongst the most notable names.

Other notable names from basketball and football include Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Luca Doncic, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

Rookie era sports cards and later produced “game used jersey/autographed” cards are in high demand, especially when graded and slabbed by third party authenticators: PSA, SGC, BGS and CSG. Many collectors of this time period are known as “type” collectors who only pursue certain types of cards such as rookie era trading cards of players from their childhoods or game used jersey/autographed cards with limited print runs. Within the past decade, there has been a great increase in the popularity of these cards therefore, we are avidly searching out and paying extremely competitively for them.