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Grading FAQ


I have never graded any of my cards before, where do I start?

A: If you are grading your cards with Mintink for the first time, the easiest way to get started is by filling out our card submission order form. Our Services include preparing your cards, submitting and shipping your cards to PSA or SGC. Once you drop off your card(s) to the store, we will process your transaction and keep you informed of the process and next steps. If you are unable to drop off your cards directly to our shop, you may ship your cards directly to us. Once we receive your order, we will send an email with photo confirmation along with your invoice for final approval, shipping instructions and payment prior to being shipped to PSA or SGC. Once the graded cards are received from PSA, we will provide return shipping prices from Mintink directly to you. Any questions or concerns, feel free to send us an email at 


How do I know if my cards are valuable enough to be sent in for grading?

A: Depending on the service that is selected, PSA looks at the estimated declared value of the card - which means the estimated value of the card you think it will be worth when it is graded and sent back from PSA. The best way to check the value of any card is to look for the same or similar card on or Look for the cards that were sold most recently for complete accuracy and current values.


What is the difference between PSA and SGC? Is there a difference between the two & which company should I choose?

A: PSA is the most recognizable and trusted grading company for sports cards. Cards that are graded with PSA usually hold more value than cards graded by other grading companies.

SGC is an up and coming grading company that is slowly gaining more and more popularity. Cards graded with their service are slowly increasing in value. SGC is also a more affordable alternative for grading cards in comparison to PSA.


Will you still submit my cards if the grade on it is most likely going to come back lower than expected? or will I be notified about anything like this?

A: We will carefully look over the cards through a loop and notify you of any major/minor concerns that we have before we submit it. After we notify you of any sort of issues with the card, the decision will be completely up to you if you want to follow through with the submission. We will refund you if any cards are omitted from the submission.


Is there a limit to the amount of cards that I am able to submit to be graded?

A: No, there is no limit to the amount of cards that you are able to submit for grading!


Are my cards insured when they get sent in to be graded?

A: Yes, the prices of our services include all shipping and insurance fees


How do I pay for grading? What are my payment options?

A: You can pay in-store when you drop off your cards via cash or debit/credit. We can also invoice you through our system if you need to ship your cards to us which will give you the option to pay via debit/credit.


What is the best way to package & protect my cards when I either drop them off directly or mail them in? 

A: If you are dropping your cards off in-store, make sure they are protected in a top-loader, one-touch or card saver (we will transfer the cards into card savers before they are shipped to PSA as it is included in the service). If you are shipping your cards to us, please make sure they are protected by two pieces of cardboard, bubble wrap, packing paper, etc. to ensure they are well protected and to avoid any possible damages. you can also refer to PSA's website on how to properly protect your cards when shipping them


What is the best way to clean my cards before I send them in? Do you offer a card cleaning service?

A:  Yes, we do offer a card cleaning service. Cleaning with a microfiber cloth to delicately wipe the surface of the card is highly recommended. Nonetheless, we will give the cards a clean before we transfer each into a card saver and ship them off to PSA.


I live in the GTA can I drop off my cards that I would like to submit? Can I also pay for the submission when I drop them off?

A: Yes you can drop off your cards to our retail location. Feel free to stop by anytime that we are open and pay when you drop them off via cash or credit/debit.


How long does it take to get my cards back after I submitted them for grading?

A: Service level times are estimates only and are not guaranteed by Mintink or PSA & SGC. Based on the service that you chose, the rough estimate times are strictly an estimated timeline rather than a guaranteed timeline.


If my cards come back at a grade lower than expected, will Mintink issue a refund or any form of compensation?

A: No. Mintink does not guarantee any sort of grades & any cards that you are not content with can be resubmitted to any grading company at your own expense.