Raw Trading Cards Gain Liquidity Through Priority Grading and Selling Service Developed by PWCC and CCG

Posted on 4/28/2022

PWCC Marketplace and the Certified Collectibles Group have formed a strategic partnership enabling 10-day, no upfront fee card grading and selling service.

PWCC Marketplace and the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), which includes Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) and CGC Trading Cards™, have launched a new program offering the quickest, easiest and most stress-free path to grading and selling raw trading cards. This includes PWCC-managed submissions and shipping, estimated 10-day grading turnarounds, no value-based grading tiers and the elimination of upfront fees.

PWCC Marketplace — the leader in the trading card investment market — and CCG — the leader in the authentication, grading, preservation and conservation of collectibles — achieved this streamlined pathway to grading and selling through a newly formed operational partnership between the two companies.

“This offering is now the fastest and easiest pathway for customers looking to grade the vast majority of raw trading cards currently in circulation,” said Jesse Craig, Director of Business Development at PWCC Marketplace. “The partnership removes the major hurdles associated with grading and selling raw trading cards. You submit your raw cards once to PWCC, and we take it from there. No upfront costs. No multiple packages to send out or shipping labels to manage. No lengthy submission forms to fill and print. No estimating card values. No worrying about turnaround times or insurance. You send your cards in, they get graded by experts, and they go up to auction at the leading trading card auction house. It is now that easy to sell your raw cards.”

The new offering is live now at PWCCmarketplace.com

Raw card submission process

The new grading and selling program is accessed via an online submission process on the PWCC website. No need to manually fill or print submission forms. Everything is managed through the PWCC Vault.

Cards sent to CCG receive priority grading and encapsulation through its CSG third-party grading service for sports cards or its CGC Trading Cards third-party grading service for non-sports trading cards. Graded cards are returned to PWCC and immediately added to PWCC’s Auction Builder Curation Algorithm process, which optimizes cards for sale in upcoming PWCC Weekly Sunday Auctions.

The cost to grade each card through this process is $20 regardless of its genre, category, size or value. All submissions benefit from the same estimated 10-day turnaround time. There is no limit to the number of cards a client can submit.

Grading fees will not be charged upfront. The costs for grading will be collected from the final sale of the assets on PWCC Marketplace.

Technical and logistical advantages

“Through this partnership we have developed a logistical platform that enables a fast, efficient and secure grading process,” Craig said. “PWCC looked to CCG as a partner for this offering as they have demonstrated continued sophistication in the market through their leadership, innovation, mature software and robust operations. Their track record of handling high volumes and holding timelines is critical to enabling this service.”

Both companies recognize the grading timeline is critical to the liquidity model this offering provides. In addition to the software platform, the two companies have implemented joint operational processes that allow for expediency in the grading process.

“This partnership enables more collectors to benefit from our expert, impartial and efficient card grading services,” said Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of CCG. “With our fast turnaround times, affordable pricing and the industry’s best holders, we look forward to seeing more cards certified by CSG and CGC Trading Cards on PWCC Marketplace.”

Since its launch in February 2021, CSG has graded and shipped more than 750,000 sports cards. Today, it ranks among the top third-party sports card grading services by grading capacity. CSG also offers the fastest turnaround times in the industry and the best pricing for your sports card submissions. Recently, CSG revealed its brand-new label to match the hobby’s best holder for enhancing and preserving sports cards.

CSG is also investing in the hobby and the customer experience, including industry-leading digital tools. Its online submission form was recently upgraded to be more intuitive as well as optimized for mobile devices, and the CSG Population Report and CSG Registry also launched recently. CSG continues to develop and acquire advanced authentication and grading technology, such as proprietary AI software.

Launched in July 2020, CGC Trading Cards is devoted to the expert grading of the most popular trading card games, including Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, MetaZoo, Weiss Schwarz and many more. Already, more than 1.3 million trading cards have been graded by CGC Trading Cards, including numerous rarities, such as a Pokémon Test Print Blastoise that sold for a record $360,000. CGC Trading Cards now ranks as the second-largest grading service for non-sports trading cards.

CGC Trading Cards recently announced the launch of the CGC Trading Cards Population Report, the CGC Trading Cards Registry and a brand-new website, CGCcards.com, reflecting its significant investments in the TCG collecting community.

CSG and CGC Trading Cards are part of the Certified Collectibles Group, the world’s leading provider of expert, impartial and tech-enabled services for collectibles. The CCG companies have graded more than 70 million collectibles since 1987. In 2021, 24 collectibles certified by the CCG companies sold for more than one million dollars.

For more information on submitting your raw cards for grading through PWCC and CCG, visit PWCCmarketplace.com


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