Cards and grading
What type of cards can I get graded?
PSA & SGC 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 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 and SGC! Certain AFL cards cannot be graded at this stage, such as short run promotional cards.
Do 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 PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) in the United States. We act as an intermediary between Australian collectors and PSA 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 card cleaning and/or restoration?
No. Slabd does not offer cleaning, restoration or repair services. We handle all cards with extreme care to ensure your cards remain in the condition we receive them in.
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.
What if my card can't be graded?
Sometimes a card can’t be graded if PSA are unable to verify the details provided. Should this arise we will work to resolve the issue with PSA. 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 by PSA for a number of reasons the following codes are used to identify why a card will not be graded by PSA:
- N1 – Trimming
- N2 – Restoration
- N3 – Recoloration
- N4 – Questionable Authenticity
- N5 – Altered Stock
- N7 – Cleaning
In the event that PSA rejects an item for any of these reasons, it will be returned not encapsulated, and the full grading price is still charged, as the determination to reject a card requires review by PSA’s authenticators and graders.
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 900kg 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?
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 PSA
- Grader receives your order for grading
- Grading progress updates
- Your graded order is returned to Slabd
- Your graded order is in transit to you
Will PSA give me a dollar value for my items?
No, PSA will assign your item a grade, using their 10-point scale.
Will SGC give me a dollar value for my items?
No, SGC will 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.
How do I get in?
Through the hidden door 😉