CGC Trading Cards and CSG Appoint Welcome Stranger Collectibles an Official Submission Center in Australia

Posted on 10/26/2022

Welcome Stranger Collectibles, a global card retailer through Facebook, will help collectors in Australia and beyond submit their cards to CGC Trading Cards and CSG.

CGC Trading Cards® and Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) are thrilled to announce that Welcome Stranger Collectibles has been appointed as the companies’ first Official Submission Center in Australia. As an Official Submission Center, Welcome Stranger Collectibles will help collectors submit their trading and sports cards to CGC Trading Cards and CSG for expert authentication, grading and encapsulation services.

CGC Trading Cards and CSG are part of the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), a global provider of expert, impartial and value-added services for collectibles. The CCG companies have graded nearly 75 million collectibles since 1987, including trading cards, sports cards, coins, banknotes, comic books, stamps and estate items. Because collectors and dealers trust that collectibles certified by the CCG companies are authentic and accurately graded, they sell for higher prices — a fact reflected by numerous record-breaking auction results.

Welcome Stranger Collectibles is an online resource dedicated to helping collectors buy, sell, and trade their collectibles with others across the globe. The online retailer helps collectors expand their collections by hosting Facebook auctions twice a week, with each auction highlighting an authentic, graded trading or sports card.

“Welcome Stranger Collectibles has always been about helping collectors get their hands on the most sought-after pieces of their collections,” said Aaron Lester Ellis, founder of Welcome Stranger Collectibles. “Our partnership with CGC Trading Cards and CSG will allow us to continue helping our followers expand their own collections with valuable, authentic and high-quality cards.”

CGC Trading Cards, a division of Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) devoted to trading card grading, began accepting submissions in 2020 and has already graded over 1 million trading cards, including many impressive cards such as two Pokémon Test Print Blastoise cards that each sold for over $200,000 at auction and an elusive Pokémon Illustrator promo. CGC Trading Cards has received media attention and community praise for its expert graders, advanced certification process and best in-class holder. Learn more at

CSG graded its 1 millionth sports card in July 2022 just one year after launch, achieving the milestone faster than any third-party card grading service. From vintage to modern sports cards, the world-class experts at CSG use advanced technology to authenticate, grade and protect cards with the industry’s best holder and label. The value of CSG services has been reflected in prices realized, such as a CSG-graded LeBron James rookie card that realized $98,100. Learn more at

“Welcome Stranger Collectibles is a fantastic resource for beginning and advanced collectors worldwide,” said Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of the Certified Collectibles Group. “We’re excited to work with them to bring our accurate and efficient certification services to more collectors and dealers in Australia and beyond.”

Welcome Stranger Collectibles accepts submissions to both CGC Trading Cards and CSG through Facebook. Visit them on Facebook or email [email protected] to learn more.

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