The CGC Trading Cards Grading Process

CGC Trading Cards uses a proven, multi-step process that is designed to ensure accuracy, consistency and integrity while safeguarding your valuable cards. Explore the key stages of the CGC Trading Cards grading process below.

Step 1/8

Receiving

When a submissions is received, it is opened by trained CGC Trading Cards staff under security cameras and immediately checked against the submission paperwork. The submission is then entered into CGC Trading Cards' proprietary tracking system with a unique submission number.

Step 2/8

Verification

Each trading card gets a more detailed review to confirm that its description matches the information provided by the submitter. A unique ID and barcode is assigned to track the card throughout the CGC Trading Cards grading process. At this stage, the collectible is separated from the submission paperwork so that the CGC Trading Cards graders don't know the submitter's identity. This helps to ensure complete impartiality.

Step 3/8

Authentication

Trading cards are stored in the CGC vault until they are ready to be reviewed for authenticity. If a card is determined to be genuine, it will be graded according to the industry-standard CGC Trading Cards Grading Scale. Note: A card will be rejected for grading if it is of questionable authenticity.

Step 4/8

Grading

Card grading is a team effort, with multiple CGC Trading Cards professionals examining every card with the aid of advanced technology, ensuring the highest level of accuracy and consistency. Each grader enters their grade into CGC Trading Cards' proprietary computer system. A consensus is then reached on the final grade of the card.

Step 5/8

Encapsulation

After grading, the card and a label bearing its description, grade (plus sub-grades if requested), certification number and a QR code are inserted into the CGC Trading Cards holder, which is crystal-clear and provides superior long-term protection. Numerous security features in both the holder and label guard against counterfeiting and tampering.

Step 6/8

Imaging

CGC Trading Cards images all graded cards after encapsulation. To check the legitimacy of a CGC Trading Cards-certified card, these images are available to view 24/7 on the CGC Trading Cards website using the Verify CGC Trading Cards Certification tool. CGC Trading Cards also offers premium high-resolution digital imaging as an add-on service for submissions.

Step 7/8

Quality Control

A CGC Trading Cards Quality Control specialist carefully inspects the card, label and holder. All of the certification details are reviewed for accuracy, and the holder is checked for any defects or contaminants.

Step 8/8

Packaging and Shipping

Finally, encapsulated cards are individually counted and checked against the original submission paperwork before being securely packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with protective packaging materials. The CGC Trading Cards-certified cards are now ready to be sent back to the submitter.

A CGC receiver scans a sports card during the receiving step of the CGC grading process.
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Receiving
A CGC verifier assigns an ID and barcode to a sports card during the verification step of the CGC grading process.
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Verification
A CGC authenticator looks at a sports card with a VSC machine during the authentication step of the CGC grading process.
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Authentication
A CGC grader examines a sports card during the grading stage of the CGC certification process.
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Grading
A sports card is placed in the industry-leading CGC holder during the encapsulation step of the CGC grading process.
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Encapsulation
A CGC technician images a sports card as part of the imaging step of the CGC grading process.
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Imaging
A CGC Quality Control Specialist examines a certified sports card for accuracy during the quality control step of the CGC grading process.
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Quality Control
CGC-certified sports are securely packaged in preparation for shipping at the end of the CGC grading process.
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Packaging & Shipping
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