What is card grading?

Card grading is the process of authenticating, encapsulating, and assigning a quality score or ‘grade’ to collectible trading cards based on their condition.

The score is usually given on a scale of 1 to 10, and it is based on a number of factors related to the state of the card. The greater the score and, as a result, the higher the value of a card, the better its condition.

Why should I get my cards graded?

For a variety of reasons, you may desire to get your cards graded. By grading your cards, you can:

Ascertain the legitimacy of a card by providing authenticity.

Increase the worth of the card to potential buyers and collectors.

You may be assured that your card will be safe for the rest of your life because it will be encased in a secure slab once it is returned.

Of course, there are many more reasons you may wish to grade your cards.

How do I grade my cards?

To grade your cards, using ECA grading services, simply follow the steps below:

1) Decide which cards you would like to submit for grading.

2) Choose your service level.

3) Place your order through our online ordering portal.

4) Package your cards securely.

5) Send your cards WITH your order number to the address provided.

6) Click here for more information.

Can I submit cards from outside the EU?

For customers outside of European Union, please get in touch for further information.

What type of cards does ECA authenticate?

Currently, we only authenticate Sports and Pokemon cards. This will change soon, we are expecting to start grading other types of cards once we have more staff that specialises in other sectors.

What if I have submitted a card that is not authentic?

As part of the first phase of our services, we will examine your card closely. We will return your card if it is not authenticated during this phase.

Are turnaround times guaranteed?

Turnaround times are a current estimate. They are not guaranteed and your submission could take longer than the stated turnaround times. We will always try to update the turnaround times listed on the website, so that they can be as accurate as possible.

Where is ECA based?

We are based in Wroclaw, Poland.

Is there a maximum or minimum number of cards I can submit?

There’s not a maximum or minimum number required, you can submit as many cards as you want.

Do you offer half-grades?

No, our grading scale ranges from 1- 10, with no half grades. For example, a grade of 9 or 10 is possible, but we do not grade any cards 9.5.

Is there a grade above a 10 for exceptional and pristine cards?

Yes, we do have something in mind for that, stay tuned.

Does ECA grade packs?

At this time ECA does not grade packs.

Will I get a notification once my cards have arrived?

Yes, we will send you a confirmation email once your order has been received at our office. Please allow an additional 1-2 business days to update the order status.

Can ECA tell me what my card is worth?

ECA determines the cards condition and what the grade will be. We do not speculate on the value or the cards potential worth.

Does ECA grade error cards?

At the moment we don’t grade any kind of error cards

Does ECA grade metal cards?

At the moment we don’t grade any kind of metal cards

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