Trading card collectors get excited! CGC announced recently that they are launching CGC Trading Cards, a division to authenticate, grade and encapsulate Pokémon TCG and Magic: The Gathering cards.
CGC has assembled a team of expert trading card graders who, as collectors and players themselves, care deeply about providing comprehensive certification services that benefit the hobby. To ensure impartiality, CGC Trading Cards graders are prohibited from buying and selling collectibles commercially.
CGC Trading Cards grades trading cards on a highly accurate, industry-standard 10-point scale similar to the one used by CGC to grade comic books and other collectibles. Every card submitted is examined by multiple professionals with the aid of advanced authentication and grading equipment, including devices that perform ultra-microscopic inspections and precisely calculate centering.
After a trading card has been authenticated and graded by CGC Trading Cards, it is encapsulated in the CGC Trading Cards holder, which is made from the same time-tested, durable and optically superior material used for the CGC comic book holder. The CGC Trading Cards holder provides the best in protection and display while being portable and easy to store.
Once encapsulated, trading cards certified by CGC Trading Cards are imaged in high-resolution. These images, along with important certification details, are available for free in a searchable database at CGCcards.com/verify.
It is easy to submit to CGC Trading Cards. Simply become a CGC member at CGCcards.com/join (memberships start at just $25 per year), complete the user-friendly online CGC submission form and send your cards to CGC. Submissions will also be accepted at conventions around the country.
Turnaround times for CGC Trading Cards are expected to be faster than industry norms, ranging from 30 working days for the lowest grading tier to just two working days for the highest grading tier.