CSG Changes Label and Grading Scale

Just over a year after launching into the sports card grading market, CSG changes its label and grading scale. The change came after months of R&D, market studies, focus groups, and testing.1

Flip Design Change

The green that once themed the original label has been replaced with a black, silver, and gold color scheme that will help keep the focus on the card itself instead of distracting from it. Here’s the promo video:2

Revised Grading Scale

CSG has also upgraded its grading scale.3 The Pristine 10 has been replaced with the Gem Mint 10, which is more representative of the market’s association with that number. Below that is now a Mint+ 9.5.

Sub-Grades Are Gone, Mostly

CSG will continue to assign the Perfect 10 to cards in the absolute finest condition and all will receive sub-grades by default at no additional charge. For all other grades, however, sub-grades have been discontinued. The reason for this is that sub-grade requests were made by less than 20% of submitters. Sunsetting this option will allow CSG to focus on other priorities such as turnaround times, which have proven to be some of the quickest in the industry.

Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 | New CSG Label
Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 | New CSG Label | Source: csgcards.com
Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 | New CSG Label
Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 | New CSG Label | Source: csgcards.com

Pricing & Turnaround Times

Since its launch into the grading card market, CSG has seen instant market acceptance with over 750,000 cards graded to date and they have the second-largest capacity of any third-party grading service.

In addition to its long history of grading collectibles, CSG also shines from its prices and turnaround times. Grading fees start at just $12 per card and service can be handled within the span of just 3-45 business days.

To see the current eBay auctions for CSG graded cards, click here.


  1. CSG Ups Its Game with a New Label and Revised Grading Scale! www.csgcards.com ↩︎
  2. Introducing the New CSG Label. www.youtube.com ↩︎
  3. CSG Sports Card Grading Scale. www.csgcards.com ↩︎

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