The GRAAD standard service is an optical authenticity and quality evaluation procedure of a collectible game card available at
base price of €18,00 / per card
base price of €20,00 / per sticker
The item (card or stiker) undergoes a preliminary check, then it undergoes the grading procedure, for its protection finally it is encapsulated in a plastic anti-tampering polycarbonate case together with its authenticity and qualitative evaluation certificate.
We called it "standard" because it was designed to be consistent with the by now established market standards in the sector.
|QNT||15 days||10 days||5 days||1 day||same day|
|1-9||18,00 €||23,00 €||30,00 €||40,00 €||50,00 €|
|10 - 30||17,00 €||21,72 €||28,33 €||37,78 €||47,22 €|
|31 - ∞||15,00 €||19,16 €||25,00 €||33,34 €||41,67 €|
|QNT||15 days||10 days||5 days||1 day||same day|
|1-9||20,00 €||25,00 €||32,00 €||42,00 €||54,00 €|
|10 - 30||18,00 €||22,50 €||28,80 €||37,80 €||48,60 €|
|31 - ∞||16,80 €||21,00 €||26,88 €||35,28 €||45,36 €|
The cost of the stickers is slightly higher because, to give the highest quality of service, we adopt an additional procedure: a thin super-transparent plexiglass plate is cut with the exact measurements of the figurine. This operation allows to avoid any movement inside the cover and improves the aesthetic impact by making the figurine appear as "suspended", avoiding the use of sachets or other improvised means to manage the great discrepancy and variety of sizes that the stickers present .
The standard procedure can also be carried out on signed cards or stickers by signing the option during the order form. The card undergoes the same procedure and a specific verification is carried out for the authenticity of the signature.
The team will authenticate both the item (card or sticker) and the signature. If both (item and signature) are authentic, the vote and the wording (Signature) and the name of the author of the signature will appear on the certificate.
In case of false signatures, the card will be encapsulated with the wording AA (Altered Authentic) as explained in the preliminary verification paragraph. Cards deemed to be false, as always, will be sent to the sender without being encapsulated.
We adapted to the market standards regarding
Compared to other certifying bodies we do not ask for a cost that varies in relation to the value of the card, but is fixed. In fact, we do not believe that "taxing" the collector in relation to the value of their card is fair. Graad standard is a certification conceived for low, medium and medium-high value cards (up to about €200), but the collector can request it for cards of any value (even from €200 up).
For high value cards we have in fact devised a much more specific and qualitatively superior service, GRAAD Digital, a grading service that includes standard grading and deepens the evaluation through the scrupulous analysis of scans and with a luminescent lamp. It is not conceived as a mandatory cost but as an opportunity accessible to those who understand the sense of it and its value.
Compared to market standards we have also improved the optical verification procedure based on the analysis of the card with a magnifying glass. You can read more about the details of this method on the page dedicated to the grading process, in which you will find both the methods of analysis of standard grading and those related to digital grading, so as to be able to directly evaluate which procedure responds to your needs better.
Thanks to the twenty-year long experience of our team, the calculation method of the grade has been improved to guarantee the collector even more objectivity through a calculation formula that adopts a weighted average designed to consider the "weight" of the various factors in question. American certifying bodies, born in the sector of sports stickers and cards, do not consider the weight of the factors the same way as a collector of playing cards but simply assign a single grade. GRAAD instead attributes a different weight to each factor, to reflect what has always been the way of reasoning of the collectible card collector and to express for this reason a final grade that is certainly more "rigorous" and scientific.
We also improved the grading aesthetics, creating a graphically well-finished certificate to give the card, once enclosed in the case, the maximum charm and maximum beauty also to the observer. We have dedicated a page to illustrate the structure and aesthetics of our certificate
As a convenient alternative to the use of the eight-digit numeric code we introduced a practical QR-code on the back of the certificate that accompanies the card. By scanning with a smartphone, you get access directly to the digital certificate's page, exactly as if you entered the code in the verification field.
Thanks to the twenty-year long experience of our team in the collectible card sector, we are able to certify cards of all sets of all collectible card games, without limits of brand, set, language. On the page dedicated to certifiable cards you will find the specific indications to make sure of the few exceptions we do not certify.
Our customer service is at your disposal from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., via one of the following channels: