Cards and grading
What type of cards can I get graded?
PSA, SGC & BGS will grade most sports and non-sports cards that are classified as regular trading or gaming cards. Unsure if your items are eligible for grading? Get in touch with us.
Good to know
PSA, SGC & BGS will not grade cards that bear evidence of trimming, re-colouring, restoration, or any other forms of tampering, or are of questionable authenticity.
I have AFL cards; can I get them graded?
Yes, most Select AFL cards can be graded with PSA, SGC or BGS! Certain AFL cards cannot be graded at this stage, such as short run promotional cards.
Will Slabd grade my items onsite?
No, Slabd do not grade your items, we offer a submission service for grading. You submit your cards to Slabd and then they will be graded by your preferred graded (PSA, SGC or BGS) in the United States. We act as an intermediary between Australian collectors and grading companies by providing a secure, cost-effective streamlined service to get your cards graded.
More info: About Us
I have an autographed card.
Your card can still be graded via our standard services if it is officially autographed, however the autograph itself won’t be. If you need an autograph grade as well, you will need to contact us for this one.
Your unofficially autographed card can be graded, however neither the card nor the autograph grading can be done under the standard services we offer. Please contact us for this service.
Do you pre-grade cards?
No. Slabd does not offer a pre-grading service.
Do you offer a card cleaning service?
Yes. If you’d like to have your card cleaned and prepared before submission, you can add this service on when you submit your card. There is a $5 charge for this service.
What services do you offer and how much do they cost?
Please refer to our Services and Pricing guide
How do I track the status of my order?
You can track the status of your order by going to My Account > Card Grading Orders. You will also be notified by e-mail each time your order status changes.
What is the "declared value" and who determines it?
PSA describe the Declared Value as: ‘…your estimate of the value of the item after it has been assigned a grade by PSA.’
We need you to determine the declared value on your own items before submitting them to us at Slabd.
Please refer to our Declared Value guide for more information
Do I need to insure my cards?
Insurance when you send your order to our office
We leave this up to you – but we highly recommend it. It’s important to note that the insurance included in your grading fee does NOT cover the initial transit of your ungraded cards from you to our office. Unfortunately, we are unable to organise this on your behalf.
For this part of the journey, we strongly suggest you arrange transit insurance and use a freight service with track and trace options and a signature required upon arrival at our end. It is your responsibility to ensure your cards arrive at the Slabd office safely.
Insurance for the rest of the journey
We’ve got this covered as part of your all-inclusive grading fee. Once your cards are received at the Slabd office, they are automatically covered by our end-to-end insurance. This means your cards are insured up to their declared amount, from the moment they reach us until they arrive safely back to you, graded and slabbed. Please Note: Domestic insurance is capped at $10,000AUD per parcel and is included free of charge with your grading fees.
What if my card can't be graded?
Sometimes a card can’t be graded if PSA, SGC or BGS are unable to verify the details provided. Should this arise we will work to resolve the issue with the grading company. If no resolution can be reached, your card will be returned, and no charge incurred.
However, if the “No Grade” term is used when an item cannot be graded for one of the following reasons:
- Questionable Authenticity
Your card will be returned not encapsulated, and the full grading fee is still charged, as the determination to reject a card requires review by PSA, SGC or BGS authenticators and graders.
What if need my PSA/SGC/BGS label corrected or put in a new holder?
If you have submitted your card through Slabd we will arrange for your card to be placed in a new holder or label corrected at no cost. If you have submitted your card through another provider there is a $25 administration fee.
Why do you have a handling fee?
We recently introduced a $1 / per card handling fee. This fee is to help cover the costs associated with shipping your card to and from the US.
Orders and shipping/delivery
Will my penny sleeves, card savers, top loaders be returned to me?
No, none of the protective material you used will be returned.
I left a card out when I submitted my order. Can I amend my order once it's submitted?
No, unfortunately we can’t add cards to an order once it has been submitted. However, you can submit a separate order and ship it to us in the same package. Just make sure you include the Order IDs for each submission.
Refer to our Submission Guide for more troubleshooting tips.
Where do I send my order?
60 Waymouth Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
How will my order be stored while onsite at the Slabd office?
Your cards will be stored in our secure building (equipped with a monitored alarm and 24/7 security surveillance) and locked away in a 1 ton bank grade fire proof safe.
When should I send my cards to ensure they make the next shipping deadline?
Cards need to arrive at our office by the due date stated in your submission confirmation e-mail. If you’d like to know what the due dates are you can check the Pricing & Shipping Dates page and click View Shipping Dates – these dates are also available on the card submission form.
I just missed the shipping deadline, now what?
We will securely store your order in the Slabd office safe, for inclusion in the next shipment.
How long does grading take?
Grading duration is dependent on the grader and the service you opt for. To get an idea of turnaround times with PSA, SGC or BGS view our pricing page.
When will I receive updates on the progress of my order?
We know you liked to stay informed, so for peace of mind we will notify you every step of the way. You will be notified when:
- Your order is submitted to Slabd
- Your order is received at the Slabd office
- Your order is in transit to the grader
- Grader receives your order for grading
- Grading progress updates
- Your graded order is returned to Slabd
- Your graded order is in transit to you
*Notifications for BGS services are limited when compared to PSA and SGC.
Will the graders give me a dollar value for my items?
No, the graders will assign your item a grade, using their 10-point scale.
Will the grading companies give me a dollar value for my items?
No, PSA, SGC and BGS will only assign your item a grade, using their 10-point scale.
Can I have a card graded but not encapsulated?
No, the tamper-resistant casing is what guarantees the grade, so it’s not possible to have a grade assigned without encapsulating the item.
Can I have a card encapsulated without a grade?
Yes, you can, however you will still be charged at the same service price as a graded card.
Can I submit my cards to Slabd from anywhere in Australia?
Absolutely. Our customers live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and everywhere in between.
Simply login to submit your cards and post to us.
Do you accept cards from anywhere else in the world?
Yes. New Zealand.
Can I pay for grading fees in installments?
You can pay for your grading fees via PayPal’s Pay in 4 with no interest and no late fees! All you need to do is select PayPal as your payment option and Pay in 4 as your payment method.
Slabd Slabbing Service
Where are my cards slabbed?
Adelaide, South Australia.
Will my cards be insured?
We offer a maximum insurance of A$149 / per card
What is the turnaround time?
5 days or less (likely a lot less)
What cards can be slabbed?
Any standard sized TCG (Pokémon, Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon..etc) or trading card (Sport, Non-Sport, Entertainment) card.
Will Slabd grade cards?
At the moment we are encasing cards for protection.
What about packs, thick cards and booklets?
We can’t do those yet.
How can I see my card label?
Just scan the QR code on the back of your card.
Can I have my card data printed on my label?
Not at this stage. We are offering super quick turnaround times, so printing card data isn’t an option.
What items can I ship with Slabd?
Pretty much anything! Predominantly we are shipping trading cards, and that includes: Raw, Graded and Sealed Boxes.
Why would I use Slabd as a shipping service?
There are a few reasons you might choose us to ship your items:
- Included insurance for domestic and international parcels
- Cheaper shipping rates
- Save time
- No paper work
What items can be appraised?
Any item that has been certified by PSA, BGS, SGC or CGS/CGC. These items can be apparised online by uploading photos and by providing the authentication detials.
Can other items be appraised?
Yes, contact us. Generally you’ll need to bring these items in to the Slabd office for inspection.
How much does appraisal cost?
A$39 / per item
Why have an item appraised?
We can determine the replacement cost for your item which can be submitted to your insurance company for either insuring or compensation.
What if the value of my item has changed?
For insurance purposes it’s a good idea to have your item appraised every 3 – 4 years.
Can I use the appraisal to sell my item?
Not really. The appraisal is intended for insurance purposes only.
What will I get after my appraisal is complete?
We will provide you with a digitally signed pdf file.
I don't agree with your appraised value. Can I get a refund?
No. The purpose of this service is to provide our own opinion on the value of your item.
What is card consignment?
Card consignment is where you ask a provider to sell your cards for you.
Why would I consign my cards?
There are a few reasons you would consign your cards:
- Save time
- Save on fees
- Access a large audience via social media and mailing list
- Access our insurance
What cards can I consign?
Currently, we are accepting any graded cards.
How much does it cost to consign?
There are 2 fees you will need to pay when consigning your cards:
- Listing fee ($2.50 / per card)*
- Final value fee (10%)**
The final value fee is the amount you have sold your card for. Example, if your card sells for $500 you will pay 10% on this amount.
*If you have graded your card with us and are consigning it on return, the listing fee is $0.
**If the sale of your card is over $50,000 the final value fee will drop to 6%. The minimum consignment fee is $3.50.
Why is there a fee to list my cards?
The beauty about consigning your cards is you don’t have to do anything other than get your cards to us – we’ll do the rest. This includes:
- Photographing your card(s)
- Writing up descriptions of your card(s)
- Listing your card(s) on our site
- Listing your card(s) on MySlabs
- Promoting your card(s) on social media
- Liasing with all potential buyers
- Packaging and sending your card(s) to the buyer after sale
- Insuring your cards
What if I want to end my consignment?
You can end your consignment at any time. If you end your consignment within 90 days of the listing term there is a small fee. You can use the cancel consignment form to request a cancellation.
How can I consign my cards?
Easy! If your card has been graded with us, just go into your order and press the Sell button. Note: you will need to reveal the grade of your card before you can see the Sell button.
I have other cards that haven't been graded with Slabd, can they be consigned?
Yes. The online form for that will be available soon. In the meantime you can contact us and we will provision the listing for you.
I sold my card elsewhere while it was listed on Slabd. What do I do?
No problem. If you have sold your card somewhere else within the 90 day listing term you will need to use the cancel consignment form to end your listing. You can even have your card shipped to the buyer from the cancellation form too!
What is a break?
A break is where a group of people participate in opening a pack, box or case of cards.
How do you randomly assign a person to a team or pack?
Yes. There are many ways a break can be conducted, some of the most popular ways are:
- Random team assignment
- Random pack assignment
- Pick your team
- Pick your pack
- Pick your player
When a break is random, you will have to the opportunity to pick a number, sometimes know as a spot or slot. The number you pick will be randomly assigned to a team or pack.
How much does a break cost?
The number of participants is dictated by the product and the type of break. For example, if the break type is random team assignment and the product is Select AFL Footy Stars, then 18 people can participate as there are 18 teams.
If I participate in a break, will I always get something?
What is the benefit of going in a break?
As the total cost of the break is split amongst all the participants, it gives you a chance to get your hands on many types of cards that you may normally be able to afford.
How do I participate in a break?
The way to particiate in a break is to purchase a spot or team on the Slabd website before they sell out.
If I purchase a spot, how long does it take for the break to happen?
A break can only happen when all spots have been filled.
How will I know if a break is happening?
When a break is filled you will receive a notification.
I've missed the break, can I still watch it?
Yes, you can watch the break after the fact. Head to our YouTube channel.
How long until my cards are shipped?
We will ship your cards within 5 business days.
Do you include insurance when you ship my cards?
Yes. Every parcel will include a maximum insurance limit of $5000AUD per shipment at no extra charge to you.
How much does shipping cost?
There are no extra charges for shipping. The shipping cost is included in the break fee.
How will you send my cards?
Your cards will be sent to the shipping address in your account via Australia Post or Sendle.