Frequently Asked Questions
SGC Grading FAQ
The standard grading fee for cards from the year 2000 or older with raw values of less than $1,500 is $15 per card. Modern cards (2001 to present) are also $15 per card but will never have an upcharge.
Please note: On rare occasions, SGC may upcharge for cards older than the year 2000 with raw values above $1,499 (If the value is determined by SGC to be $1,500 to $3,500 the charge will be $85; $3,500 to $7,500, the charge will be $125; $7,500 to $20,000, the charge will be $250). Any such charges are the responsibility of the owner of the card. If there is an upcharge we will provide appropriate documentation from SGC as well as a link for payment.
Oversized items (larger than 3 ½ ” x 5 ½ “ but no lagrger than 6 ¾” x 8 ¾”) can also be graded, but at a cost of $100 per card.
If you need that service there are many reputable places to find it, but we would rather you save the $3-5 per card charged by others for their opinion to get more cards graded.
And, let’s be honest, there is no guarantee that goes along with the paid evaluation, just a (hopefully informed) opinion. The grading of the card is still subjective, it adds on days to the time the card is actually sent to SGC, and no one is going to give your money back if their evaluation proves to be inaccurate.
Think of our service as what you would encounter if you dropped your cards off at a card show to be sent off for grading. You fill out the form, pay for the grading, and we do the rest.
Yes, The minimum is one card if you are dropping off and picking up at the shop.
Card submitted in the store will be ready for pickup 24 hours after they come back from SGC.
No. SGC only grades autos certified by the manufacturer.
In a nutshell, if you pulled the autograph from a pack, SGC will grade it. If you got the signature came from any other source, they will not.
SGC also does not off authentication services for tickets, packs, and similar items.
Cards thicker than 130 points will be returned as not gradable.
Maximum overall size for submitted cards is 6 ¾” x 8 ¾”.
Part of our service is also acting on your behalf if there is an issue with a card we sent for you to be graded. Please call or email us if you need our assistance.
Once you have decided which cards you want to send for grading, you will need to put them in a penny sleeve and a semi-rigid holder. Thicker cards can be put in toploaders if they do not fit comfortably in a semi-rigid holder.
Your cards are now ready for submission.
Once your cards arrive we will contact you to confirm we have your order.
A few other things on the card information page:
Enter your card info below (pricing will automatically update):
- Would You Like Return Shipping Insurance? ($10 per $1k and shipped via UPS)
- Year (or best guess)
- Card Number/ID (type n/a if none)
- Serial # (type n/a if none)
We are always available during shop hours to answer your question. Call us at (636) 317-1410. If you’d rather email us, please send your questions to email@example.com.