PSA Launches Sports Memorabilia Resource: PSA CollectibleFacts

Press Release (Santa Ana, California) – Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) has launched the first phase of a new, free online resource called PSA CollectibleFacts™ (  PSA officials envision it will soon expand to become the Internet’s most comprehensive site for information and illustrations about sports and many non-sports collectibles.

The user-friendly site initially will offer the evolving beginnings of one major component, PSA CardFacts™, devoted to all types of trading cards.  Over the coming weeks and months, PSA CollectibleFacts will be expanded to include additional sports and non-sports trading cards as well as PSA’s extensive information and images about autographs (PSA AutographFacts™), tickets (PSA TicketFacts™), professional model baseball bats (PSA ProBatFacts™) and other historic memorabilia.

“We’re opening with only a fraction of the information and illustrations that eventually will be available, and all of it will be 100 percent free to access.  This is just the beginning,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).
“This is a long-term project to create the ultimate online encyclopedia for sports, historical and entertainment collectibles; a comprehensive resource for information.  The PSA CollectibleFacts site will be continually evolving and growing with information and, eventually, tens of thousands of crystal-clear images.  You’ll see something new every week.”

In addition to providing a great resource to current hobbyists, one of the main goals behind the launch of this online encyclopedia is to help expand the market by exposing the hobby to a whole new group of prospective collectors.

“The long-term benefit here is to help keep the hobby vibrant and keep the industry moving in the right direction by making so much free information available to the public,” Orlando explained.

“For example, if want to find out about 1933 Goudey baseball cards, you’ll find images of every card in that set, biographical information about the players, current pricing of the cards, auction prices realized, population report data, expert narratives, in-depth articles and so on.  We’re bringing together everything in one place to make it easy to access the information hobbyists need in order to improve their collecting experience.”

Announcements will be made in the coming weeks about the launches of other components in PSA CollectibleFacts including PSA AutographFacts, PSA TicketFacts and PSA ProBatFacts.

Since its founding in 1991, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) experts have examined and certified over 19 million different sports, entertainment and historical collectibles with a combined total value of over $1 billion.

For additional information, contact PSA/DNA Authentication Services at (800) 325-1121.  Email:  Online:

Getting Your Sports Card Graded

For the first time in my history of collecting cards, I have sent out a few cards to get graded. What is grading you ask? It’s simple. It’s a professional company set up to “grade” your card based on several attributes to determine what condition your card is in. Centering, edges, surface, and corners are the common places companies look at to determine the condition of your card. High grades mean better condition. The better condition, the more value your card has.

There are two big companies that are the most popular to collectors. Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). PSA is known for doing the best with vintage cards while BGS is better known for modern cards.

Both companies will grade your cards and then return them, slabbed in plastic, so they can not be damaged anymore. This will keep them in the same condition and in adequate protection so they can no longer be damaged. BGS measures the grade in increments of .5 while PSA uses whole numbers.

Getting your cards graded has a number of benefits:

-Adding value to your collection

-Adding a great layer of protection


-Organization (easily stackable, reference numbers to check your collection and population reports, etc.)

The only issue with grading is the price. You can get grading for a relatively low price is you’re willing to wait. But if you are looking to resell, it may help add value which would off-set the price of the grading. For instance, I’m getting a card graded that will sell easily for $150 ungraded. I plan on selling it for up to 2 times that amount when it returns with a Mint grade from BGS. (At least I’m 95% sure it will.)

Personally, I wouldn’t want to grade my personal collection. I like have the physical cardboard in my hands as I feel closer to the magic of collecting cards that way. Although, I am getting a personal card graded as well. My only 1909-11 T206 card I own. However, that is for presentation purposes only. Plus I’m afraid of touching a 100+ year old piece of cardboard and breaking it.

But if you’re new and looking into grading your cards, currently I would not trust any company other than the ones I listed above. They are the most recommended by collectors and hold the most weight on the secondary market if you are looking to resell the cards at any point.