What items are eligible for the PSA Appraisal Service?
- A PSA certified trading card or ticket with a declared value of $2,000 and up.
- A PSA certified unopened pack with a declared value of $5,000 and up.
- A PSA/DNA certified autographed item with an authentication fee of $100 and up.
What is the cost to have an item appraised by PSA?
Appraisal pricing is based on the declared value you place on your item. Please note that at this time, appraisals are limited to the declared value thresholds noted below. For example, we do not currently offer appraisals for trading cards and tickets with a declared value under $2,000.
Trading Card & Dual Grading Appraisal Pricing
|Service Level||Declared Value Range||Appraisal Price
|Card Tier 1||$2,000 - $4,999||$200
|Card Tier 2||$5,000 - $9,999||$250
|Card Tier 3||$10,000 - $24,999||$300
|Card Tier 4||$25,000 - $49,999||$400
|Card Tier 5||$50,000 - $99,999||$500
|Card Tier 6||$100,000 +||$1,000
Tickets Appraisal Pricing
|Service Level||Declared Value Range||Appraisal Price
|Ticket Tier 1||$2,000 - $4,999||$75
|Ticket Tier 2||$5,000 - $9,999||$200
|Ticket Tier 3||$10,000 - $24,999||$250
|Ticket Tier 4||$25,000 +||$300
Pack Appraisal Pricing
|Service Level||Declared Value||Appraisal Price
|Pack Tier 1||$5,000+||$125
To determine the price of your autographed memorabilia appraisal, look up the corresponding PSA Autograph authentication price and use that as your appraisal price.
For example, Babe Ruth’s autograph authentication price is $300, so his appraisal price is also $300. Mickey Mantle’s autograph authentication price is $100 so his appraisal price is $100.
Please note that appraisals are not available for autographs with authentication fees below $100.
Please call (312) 379-9090 or email [email protected] for pricing on multi-signed items.
Can I use the appraisal for insurance purposes?
Yes. Just submit the letter to your insurance company. This is a great value add and saves you money from getting another appraisal.
How are appraisal values determined?
Values are determined by estimating the cost to replace the item. When the item is submitted to an insurance company and there is a claim, the certificate of appraisal can help the client receive proper compensation.
When an item is submitted to PSA or PSA/DNA, is it first appraised and then authenticated and graded?
No. The item must first go through standard authentication and grading procedures. After this process, the item is then appraised. The PSA Appraisal service cannot be added to items submitted to PSA or PSA/DNA for authentication and grading until January 1, 2021. This service is currently only available for items that have already been certified by PSA or PSA/DNA.
I don’t know how to declare the value for the item to be appraised.
Use the same process used to submit an item for authentication and grading. Typically, this is the value you paid for the item or the fair market value in the event of a loss.
Will I be charged an appraisal fee if my item is NOT authentic or NOT able to be graded?
No. Your credit card or payment method will be refunded for the cost of the appraisal. Note that authentication and grading charges may still apply. The PSA Appraisal service cannot be added to items submitted to PSA or PSA/DNA for authentication and grading until January 1, 2021. This service is only currently available for items that have already been certified by PSA or PSA/DNA.
Can I submit items to be appraised at the many different shows that PSA attends every year including the National Sports Collectors Convention?
No. The request for the PSA Appraisal service is exclusively online until January 1, 2021. Look for more information in January regarding PSA’s show plans for 2021.
Can I submit previously authenticated and graded items by PSA and PSA/DNA to be appraised?
Yes. All item must be certified by PSA to qualify for appraisal. Please use the form above to start the process.
Will a photo of item be included on the certificate of appraisal?
Values change on a regular basis. How often should I resubmit and get a new appraisal that is reflective of current values?
In general, we recommend every four to five years.
What is the turnaround time to receive my certificate of appraisal in the mail?
Certificates will be mailed approximately four weeks after appraisal order is placed.
If I submit three items to be appraised, will I get three certificates of appraisal or just one certificate of appraisal with each item listed?
Currently, each item receives its own certificate of appraisal. Appraisals for larger collections will be added in the future.
Does payment need to be made when appraisal requests are submitted? Can I pay for the appraisal fee on a layaway plan over several months?
You will receive an invoice from the appraiser shortly after you submit your request. Payment will need to be provided and processed before your items are appraised. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to implement layaway plans.
What are acceptable payment methods?
We accept all credit cards and debit cards using Square. Wire Transfers and Cashier's Checks are also acceptable.
I have an item that is too heavy/fragile/expensive to ship. How can I get it authenticated and appraised?
PSA exhibits at shows across the country. Please see our travel calendar. Starting January 1, 2021, you may be able to bring your item to a PSA-attended show to have it authenticated and appraised. Check PSAcard.com/shows for the most current show schedule and submission details.
If my item is appraised at $5,000, does that mean my item will sell for $5,000 at auction?
No. The appraised value is based on retail replacement cost. This is what you would possibly be reimbursed by your insurance company in case of an insurance claim.
Can I have the certificate of appraisal mailed to a different address from what’s listed on the submission form?
No. We ship only to the mailing address listed on your customer account.
What if I do not agree with the appraisal value? Can I get a refund or review?
All appraisals are final and there are no reviews. Our process is 100% independent. While we respect your opinion as to the value of the item, we are here to provide our own independent opinion and will not be influenced by outside parties, including your own opinion on the value of the item.
Can I present the letter to an auction house or dealer for them to purchase the item?
This is not advised. The certificate of appraisal is not intended to support the sale of an item.
Can I present the letter to my insurance company?
Yes! This is a true benefit of the PSA appraisal service. The insurance agency will add the item(s) to your policy.
What does the insurance company charge to add a PSA-graded item to my policy?
You will have to contact your insurance agent/insurance company to understand the pricing structure.
I want the PSA certificate of appraisal, but do not want to spend money getting my cards authenticated and graded. How do I do so?
The appraisal service is an add-on service that occurs after items are authenticated and graded. Items must be authenticated and graded first to qualify for the PSA Appraisal service.
Are there any items that PSA Appraisals will not review?
Any item related to racism or hate, including Nazi memorabilia, is not eligible for our service. We have the right to refuse appraisal service on any item.
Will the grader of my card inform PSA Appraisals as to the quality/clarity/condition of the item and provide his/her thoughts on value?
No. The appraisal service is 100% independent of the authentication and grading service.
Can I get my non-sports item(s) appraised by PSA?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis, provided it is certified by PSA. Please call (312) 379-9090 or email [email protected].
What if I have a question that is not answered here in the FAQ?