The GRAAD Digital service is an innovative procedure for the authenticity and qualitative evaluation certification of collectible cards and stickers, available at
the base price of €50,00 / per card or sticker
This is a new procedure, designed for high or very high value cards/stickers in excellent state of preservation. We called it "digital", not only to distinguish it from our Standard service, but also because, in addition to the normal optical procedure, we perform a more in-depth assessment of parameters that are usually not considered by other grading companies but that can be significant for the most meticolous collectors.
Our Digital service was conceived to fill the void we found in the current services provided by other grading companies on the market and was meant to go beyond the normal level of evaluation to provide a much more reliable and exclusive certification.
|QNT||15 days||10 days||5 days||1 day||same day|
|1-1||50,00 €||60,00 €||75,00 €||90,00 €||100,00 €|
|2 - 5||45,00 €||54,00 €||67,50 €||81,00 €||90,00 €|
|6 - ∞||40,00 €||48,00 €||60,00 €||72,00 €||80,00 €|
Let's find why Digital grading is, in some cases, the right choice.
Like every collector knows, with the increase of the value of a card, the percentage increase of the value given by high grades is much more unstable than low value cards. This happens for several reasons, including the standard certification's limit that evaluates quality with an "optical" procedure which does not go beyond a certain level of accuracy.
Therefore the grade tends to lose "strength" when one has to distinguish a high grade like 8, 9 or 10. The consequence is that, when a negotiation for a high value card occurs, with the increase of the value of the card, the added value determined by a high grade (8, 9 or 10) may vary a lot, but the standard certification does not offer sufficient nuances to distinguish these "high grades".
The tables we have proposed on the "guide to value increase" page show why standard grading is a service suitable for low, medium or medium-high value cards (up to about €200), and what happens instead for cards of greater value.
To solve this problem GRAAD proposes its digital grading, designed and developed by our team of expert collectors, precisely to highlight the less visible features and quality nuances unexpressed until today but important to differentiate among high value card in good conservation status.
Thus Digital grading can represent a significant step forward for the collector in the qualitative assessment of a card. Digital grading helps you earn maximum added value from the certification of high value cards.
Digital grading also includes, in addition to the Standard grade from 1 to 10, a further quality bonus (GRAAD bonus from +0 to +10) which can affect the final added value of the card, especially if it is a card graded between 8 and 10. The bonus is based on the analysis of characteristics not visible to an optical analysis such as the level of cleanliness visible with a luminescent lamp or as the chromatic parameters, the print sharpness, or traces of wear detectable only through the analysis of a very high resolution scan. For more informations you can take a look at the page dedicated to the grading process.
If you have any doubts, we advise you to carefully read the page dedicated to the evaluation parameters, in particular the section dedicated to the Digital grading parameters, where the correlation between the Standard parameters and the parameters examined for the digital grading, plus the possible combinations of grades are explained in depth.
At this point we can make some examples, to highlight the usefulness and value of Digital grading. Let's assume that there are 3 copies of a card of remarkable value, all three in the same state of conservation and quality. One of the three is graded with a Standard procedure and receives a grade 9. The second is graded with the Digital service and receives 9 + 7.
At this point, any collector can understand which is worth more among these three.
Let's see another example, three perfect copies of the same card, one graded with the Standard service and two Digitally graded. During the Standard evaluation, they all receive 10, so in terms of optical analysis they are basically perfect cards. But everything changes when they undergo the Digital grading.
Here as well the collector can easily evaluate how much the added value for the three cards will be
Any collector can understand that a card with a base grade of 10 is identical to another copy with the same grade of 10. But if one has a bonus of +9, and maybe this card is the only one around with such a high bonus, the collector knows that they are in front of a unique, almost perfect, card.
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