Wondering what some of your sports trading cards are worth? Instead of going down a rabbit hole online, you might want to submit your sports memorabilia to a new grading service that recently launched called Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG).
Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of CSG, discussed enthusiasm for the recent launch, and described the precision, expert, impartial and efficient third-party authentication the company is focused on bringing collectors.
“We are excited to serve the sports card market with the highest levels of expertise, impartiality, innovation and efficiency,” says Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of CSG. “I am confident that CSG will quickly become the leading third-party sports card grading service by leveraging the full scope of our experience and resources.”
So what makes this particular sports trading cards authenticator different than some of the rest available? According to Certified Sports Guaranty’s Grading Finalizer Andy Broome, the company’s authentication and grading is assisted by artificial intelligence, which automates the process for faster results. Additionally, CSG uses other advanced technologies like forensic devices to help reveal alterations and hidden details. These include things like infrared and UV lighting, ultra-microscopic inspections and non-destructive ink and paper analysis.
“Over the more than 20 years that I have graded sports cards professionally, I have seen the hobby grow and change dramatically.
“The next opportunity for positive growth and change is utilizing advanced technology to assist in authentication and grading. I am proud that CSG will immediately lead the industry in technological solutions that enhance the grading process and benefit collectors.”
Certified Sports Guaranty will initially grade standard-sized sports trading cards, as well as cards sized up to large, vintage Topps. Beginning in April of this year, CSG will accept cards that are up to 7.25 mm thick.
To submit to CSG, you must be a member — which costs $25/year.