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13 Reasons You Should Use SGC Grading For Sports Cards

SGC Grading has been around since 2005, but only recently have they become a very serious threat to PSA and Beckett Grading Services in the top tier of sports card grading companies.

Over the past two years, I have sent about 35 cards to SGC grading, and I bought several other SGC slabs from other people. I have become a fan, as you can tell from the title of this post, and from the fact that I sent 35 cards that I love to them!

So this blog post is meant to help you decide if you should send cards that you love to SGC grading! And I recently wrote another blog post here on the 11 Simple Steps to Submitting Cards For SGC Grading! Below is the video I did on it:

13 Reasons To Use SGC Grading

This baker’s dozen set of reasons is not every reason, and I’m sure there are a few you can think of that I missed. Feel free to leave me some comments below with reasons why you like — or dislike — SGC grading. I recently updated this list and explained some more of SGC’s improvements on their service!

1. SGC’s Turnaround Times Rock: Get your cards back within a couple weeks! In a hurry to sell your slab? Get their 1-2 day turnaround service.

2. Great Pricing: With their standard service, they’ll grade your slabs for $15 each. The 5-10 day standard service turnaround time makes it an even better deal.

3. It’s Tuxedo Time — Black Slabs Are Beautiful: They really accentuate the beauty of the card, and it’s tough to imagine someone beating them on aesthetics alone.

4. Autograph Grades Don’t Cost You Extra: If you pull/buy an awesome autographed card, you can send to another company for the cost of grading the slab, and an additional cost for grading the autograph. Or you can send to SGC, where they’ll grade the autograph for free.

5. BIG Numbers For the Grades: If you get a 10 on a card, you really want to show that off — and no one does that better than SGC’s slabs.

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The GOATs look better in SGC slabs, too.

6. SGC Gives “Authentic” Grades: I had a 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson card get rejected from PSA because it “did not meet the minimum size requirement.” So I sent it in to SGC and I checked the box that said if the card was authentic, to encapsulate it as such, even if it didn’t deserve a grade. I’m just glad “Authentic” starts with “A,” and that they didn’t use the term “Factual” and its “F” abbreviation!

7. Tons of Experience With Vintage Cards: SGC has made their bones on grading vintage cards, which makes them experts. And the big number grades look great on vintage cards, too.

8. Faster Turnarounds Mean Faster Profits: If you are working on flipping cards, you can send in cards to SGC grading for a one-month turnaround and get it back quickly so you can sell it fast.

9. SGC Grading Has Flat Fees: Rather than charge you compared to how valuable your card is, SGC’s fees are based on how fast you want them back. So they charge a flat fee up to cards worth less than $3,500! They charge more after that because of their insurance and liability in case they damage that card.

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These are four slabs I got back in one of my most recent SGC Grading submission!

10. SGC Gold Label Pristine 10s: Their super 10 grades represent a virtually flawless card! They’re tough to come by, but when you get one, it’s time to dance!

11. Slab Uniformity is Overrated: Consider that your slabs already have different players on different teams in different jerseys from different sports — so why would a different slab make any difference? My card display has a few different grading company slabs and it looks awesome.

12. You Might Get a 9.5 Grade Instead of a 9: Unlike PSA, which has half-grades up to 9.0, SGC has half-grades up to 10. So you can plausibly take a card that would get a PSA 9 and get an SGC 9.5 instead.

13. SGC is the Most Transparent Grading Company Around: If you follow SGC’s social channels, you’ll likely notice CEO Peter Steinberg doing videos pretty regularly. This isn’t because he’s a camera-hog — it’s because he’s the face of the company, and he makes sure his customers (and prospective customers) are aware of any issues they might have. That includes possible delays in grading, possible price hikes and finding out they graded counterfeit cards. SGC controls the narrative because they are first to air.

Don’t forget to check out our other blog post on the 11 Simple Steps to Submitting Cards For SGC Grading!

I still plan to submit cards to PSA, CGC and HGA, but you better believe I’ll be sending more to SGC grading, too. I like the mix of slabs in my display. My vintage cards look awesome in SGC slabs, and I’ve even sent some new cards to them for both quick turnarounds and to have others for my personal collection.

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