As the hobby took a step back to digest the news, and with collectors scrambling to figure out where to grade their cards, there were aftershocks.
SGC, who had recently raised the price of their base card pricing from $15 to $25 shortly after PSA's price increase, announced their second price hike in a month, raising it to $75/card. However, it was recently announced that they are working with a few of the large group submission accounts who will be offering 50% off savings on their published rates.
Beckett Grading Services (BGS) also raised their prices and is in the midst of a similar backlog of cards, with their $65 'standard' service taking over six months to turn around, and their $165 'express' service turning around cards in around 30+ days.
New companies such as HGA and CSG have popped up in recent months, with each attempting to become viable alternatives to the major grading companies.
HGA currently only accepts 5500 cards per week, with two chances (typically on a Thursday and Friday) to enter their waiting room for the chance to be able to submit a maximum of 5 cards. Reserving a spot has grown to be extremely difficult. That said, many collectors are excited about the look of their slabs, which are colorful and customizable. It only costs $20 to submit with HGA for their "best value" service with 60 day turnaround, but again, you can only submit up to 5 cards if you are "lucky enough" to reserve a spot.
CSG is a new sports card branch of the well-established CCG (Certified Collectibles Group) brand that includes CGC, which specializes in Pokemon cards, comic books and magazines, as well as NGC, which specializes in coins. Their reputation is impeccable, and for that reason, many in the sports card hobby are excited about their entry in to the space. Also interesting to note that CSG offers bulk submissions at $8/card if you are submitting 50+ cards whose raw value is under $100, with current turnaround times at around 80 days. Their 75 day economy is $15 and is for cards with less than $500 of raw value, and their standard $25 level ($1000 or less) will get you your cards back in just 32 days.
And then, of course, there is GMA.
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