Sports Card Grading has been around since the late 80′s. The industry actually derived from the coin industry as the boom of the coin grading market proved too be just as lucrative in the sports card industry. CSA was actually the first sports card grading company on the seen and tried their best to patent their product and sell franchises over the united states. This business venture failed and opened the door for new grading card companies to evolve. PSA and SGC came on the seen in the early 90′s and begun the push to revolutionize the industry. The demand for sports card grading was immense and probably long over due. PSA and SGC made millions and did a great job of marketing to create a general buzz about the new age of sports cards. The sports card industry started receiving a lot of free publicity in the media which brought a ton of new people into the market. It seemed like the Gold Rush. Everybody was a card dealer or wanted too be one. Millions of dollars were spent in buying cards and having them graded. The problem with this new trend was their were many people in the industry that probably didn’t need to be in it. They new nothing about cards and were easy manipulated into buying cards at astronomical prices hoping that one day they would be able to retire young and rich. As the industry continued to grow PSA started raising their prices and the turnaround times on getting your cards back were getting to be ridiculous. You were paying $10-$25 per card to have you cards graded in certain period of time and having them come back 3-4 weeks later than what was promised. This delay infuriated customers and started a trend were new grading card companies began to pop up. When it was all said and done their were roughly 12 new grading card companies in a 1 year period. This baseball card and football card craze began to pour into the production of more and more cards. Topps and Upper Deck started flooding the market with different sets, insert cards, autographs, give aways, you name it. New card companies began to evolve. It seemed like every body wanted a piece of the pie. It was easy money to sum but the begin of the end for most. With productions runs at an all-time high card scarcity became a thing of the past. Productions runs were in millions and no matter how hard some card dealers tried to lie to their customers the realization was that the cards were being produced much more than the demand could keep up with. Their were many rumors starting to surface about PSA controlling their grades. Trying to control the population of what cards were being graded high and who was going to receive the best grades. When they saw the advantage of this practice they decided to come out with a population report which they still have to this day to try to show people how rare certain cards really are. While this practice helped the few and ended up hurting others the grading card companies continued to grow and money was still flowing on the industry.

GMA Grading came on to the seen in 2000. We saw the demand and what was really missing from the sports card industry.  We developed a system to be able to grade our customers baseball cards in five business days.  We also have tried to keep the lowest prices, second to none, in the baseball card grading industry.  GMA grading has had their cards sold on television on both Home Shopping Network (HSN) as well as Shop at Home television.  We will continue to look for new and improved ways of helping our customers achieve the best customer service in the industry.

When grading baseball cards customers have a variety of companies to choose from we hope that GMA will top the list of the most affordable and most efficient grading card companies in the industry.

2 Responses to History of Sports Card Grading and Authentication

  1. [...] you have some experience under your belt and have learned the techniques needed in pricing baseball cards properly you can set your sites on selling them.  Selling on ebay can be a very fun thing to do [...]

  2. Ron Fresquez says:

    I have baseball photo/card from 1916. Want to get this authenticated and put up for auction.
    Thank you
    Ron Fresquez

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