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    Tips for sending a card to PSA for grading

    Hello folks! As some of you know Iíve been a collector for a long time (25 years or so). However, Iíve never sent a card off for grading.

    One of my prized baseball card possessions is my 2011 Topps Update #175 Mike Trout RC. As the card continues to rise in value Iíve made the decision to get it graded. I want to go through PSA. For those with experience with the grading process, whatís the simplest (and safest) way to send it off?
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    I've only ever graded one card in my life so I can't answer your question but every time someone mentions that 2011 Topps Update Trout card I get real sad cuz I busted so many cases of that product when it was released and literally had stacks of that Trout RC. When I rediscovered that I had them a couple years later I sold them off for $25 each. And now.... $300-$400 each for a base card!?!

    I even had 2-5 each of the gold parallels, cognacs & diamond anniversary parallels.

    I don't know which was worse...selling off all these Trout cards too early or the Kershaw superfractor? Sorry for the derailment, I'll put my dunce cap back on and move to the corner of the room now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    I've only ever graded one card in my life so I can't answer your question but every time someone mentions that 2011 Topps Update Trout card I get real sad cuz I busted so many cases of that product when it was released and literally had stacks of that Trout RC. When I rediscovered that I had them a couple years later I sold them off for $25 each. And now.... $300-$400 each for a base card!?!

    I even had 2-5 each of the gold parallels, cognacs & diamond anniversary parallels.

    I don't know which was worse...selling off all these Trout cards too early or the Kershaw superfractor? Sorry for the derailment, I'll put my dunce cap back on and move to the corner of the room now....
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    PSA has instructions on sending in cards. Basically, put it in a Card Saver I (the big kind), put that between 2 layers of cardboard or something else rigid, and mail it in a box. Nothing super-sophisticated required.
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    Sometimes PSA does card shows in your area where you can take the card in to be graded..

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    Just wondering...do they send your Card Savers back to you with the slabbed card?
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    If there is just one card send it in a card Saver 1, wrap it in bubble wrap ,and mail in a 300-400 count baseball storage box as shown below. Make sure its snug. You can also snug it between two thick pieces of cardboard and send in a USPS small flat rate box. I prefer the card storage boxes for 10 cards or less because they are stronger than the USPS recycled small flat rate boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffv96masters View Post
    If there is just one card send it in a card Saver 1, wrap it in bubble wrap ,and mail in a 300-400 count baseball storage box as shown below. Make sure its snug. You can also snug it between two thick pieces of cardboard and send in a USPS small flat rate box. I prefer the card storage boxes for 10 cards or less because they are stronger than the USPS recycled small flat rate boxes.

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    Do you put each card in a penny sleeve and THEN the Card Saver?
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    Do we have anyone on the forum that works for PSA? I feel like being a grader would be a pretty sweet gig.

    Just think about it. Getting a whole bunch of mail days of the nicest cards around. Granted you donít get to keep them, but seems like it would be pretty intriguing to hold babe Ruth cuts even if itís just for a short time.

    Sorry for another hijack haha.

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    One card per card saver. The idea is to get them there in the best condition possible, with some sort of protection. Why would you jam all the cards into one holder? The card saver is then cut off (you do not get it back, nor would you want it). They prefer Card Saver I because they are large and have more room to cut around the card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smapdi View Post
    The card saver is then cut off (you do not get it back, nor would you want it). They prefer Card Saver I because they are large and have more room to cut around the card.
    It never once occurred to me that they cut the card saver to get the card out of it!
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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    And yeah, the 2011 Trout is a crazy card. I busted quite a lot of retail Update and thankfully kept all my RCs. I came away with 3 Altuves and the 1 Trout.

    It hurts to read that post death2redemptions!

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