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How to get cards graded for cheap?

How to get your cards graded for cheap? The data behind

This page covers all the data behind the blog post “how to get your cards graded for cheap?”. During my analysis I have calculated 36 different cases and gathered a lot of information for PSA, Beckett, SGC, CGC, Ludkins Collectables and GradedGem.

Each section provides the data “behind” the different rankings of my main blog post.

Additional information for standard self-submission without membership:

Detailed service cost:

Services and cost per card (excl. subgrades)PSABeckettSGCCGC
SUPER EXPRESS / WALK-TROUGH$300$125$200$125
EXPRESS$150$100$75$60
REGULAR$100$30$35
ECONOMY$50$20$25
Cheap card grading review | Service overview for grading without subgrades
Service and cost per card (incl. subgrades)PSABeckettSGCCGC
SUPER EXPRESS / WALK-TROUGH$250$135
EXPRESS$125$70
REGULAR$50$45
ECONOMY$35$35
Cheap card grading review | Service overview for grading with subgrades

Detailed shipping & insurance cost based on total order value:

PSA$1 –
$1k
$1k –
$5k
$5k –
$15k
1 – 8 cards$14$29$37
9 – 25 cards$20$35$43
Cheap card grading review | Cost at PSA for domestic U.S. shipping inc. insurance
BGS$1-
$1k
$1k –
$5k
$5k –
$15k
1 – 10 cards$36$48 – $84$96 – $204
11 – 20 cards$38$50 – $86$98 – $206
21 – 50 cards$40$52 – $88$100 – $208
Cheap card grading review | Cost at Beckett for domestic U.S. shipping inc. insurance
SGC$1-
$1k
$1k –
$5k
$5k –
$15k
1 – 5 cards$15$15 – $25$25 – $45
6 – 20 cards$25$25 – $30$30 – $60
21 – 30 cards$30$30 – $35$35 – $75
Cheap card grading review | Cost at SGC for domestic U.S. shipping inc. insurance
CGC$1 –
$1k
$1k –
$5k
$5k –
$15k
1 – 5 cards$27$34$51
6 – 12 cards$30$36$53
13 – 24 cards$37$43$60
25 – 36 cards$43$50$67
Cheap card grading review | Cost at CGC for domestic U.S. shipping inc. insurance

Detailed membership cost and benefit information:

PSACost per yearBenefit 1:
Access to
value pricing
per card
($499 max.
declared)
Benefit 2:
Grading
vouchers
Platinum*$299$2015
Gold*$199$206
Silver$99$20
Cheap card grading review | Membership overview for PSA. Please note that membership levels highlighted with a * are currently sold out
CGCCost per yearBenefit 1:
Discounted
grading fee
Benefit 2:
Grading
credit
Elite$29910%$150
Premium$149$150
Associate$25
Free$0
Cheap card grading review | Membership overview for CGC

Additional information for submission via official agent / middle man:

Detailed Ludkins Collectables service cost:

Ludkins CollectablesStandard Submission
1 – 19 cards$35
20+ cards$31,50
Cheap card grading review | Grading service overview for Ludkins Collectables

Detailed GradedGem service cost:

GradedGemPSA Grading
1 – 4 cards$24,99
5 – 19 cards$21,99
20 – 49 cards$19,99
Cheap card grading review | Standard grading service overview for GradedGem

Case results:

Yearly submission:

Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?3333
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?GradedGemBGSGradedGemCGC
Price?$74,97$153$74,97$139
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 3 cards per year
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?10101010
Best Option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$219,9$434$219,9$386
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 10 cards per year
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?25252525
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$499,75$1047$499,75$942
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 25 cards per year

Quarterly submission:

Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?3333
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$299,88$612$299,88$556
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 3 cards per quarter
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?10101010
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$879,6$1736$879,6$1544
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 10 cards per quarter
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?25252525
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$1999$4188$1999$3768
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 25 cards per quarter

Monthly submission:

Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?3333
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$899,64$1836$899,64$1668
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 3 cards per month
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?10101010
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$2638,8$5208$2638,8$4632
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 10 cards per month
Card type?AllAllPokemon & MTG onlyPokemon & MTG only
Subgrades required?NoYesNoYes
Number of cards submitted?25252525
Best option?Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Middle ManSelf-service
(no membership)
Cheapest provider?Graded GemBGSGraded GemCGC
Price?$6297$12.564$6297$11304
Cheap card grading review | Case results for submitting 25 cards per month
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