Beckett Grading Launches New Single Grade Service

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Beckett Grading Services recognizes that different collectors have different reasons for wanting to get their sports cards and trading cards graded. As such, BGS has launched a new single grade service that doesn’t have final sub-grades. The new BGS single grade service doesn’t replace the standard sub-grades. Rather, it’s an alternative grading option that’s a little bit cheaper.

BGS Single Grade

Here’s a letter from Jeromy Murray, Director of Beckett Grading Services, to explain the new BGS single-grade service:

Dear Beckett Grading Customer and Collectors,

Beckett Grading has always valued the product and services that we provide to our customers and the collecting world.  The appearance/security of our cases, our unique inner sleeve, our guaranteed turnaround times, and our sub grades are just a few of the things that keep us the top grading service in the industry. We are proud of these unique characteristics and the company that we have built using those as our foundation.

The market and its demand change though. In my 16 years with the company, I have seen booming years, tough hobby years, and years like 2016 which are unique, in a good way! The industry is in a good place right now and with that boom, comes more demand for card grading. After much discussion internally and with hobby collectors, dealers, and customers, Beckett Grading has decided to add a new service that we think we help the demand of graded Beckett cards.

Starting on July 11, 2016, Beckett Grading will be offering a single grade service for a BGS card — that means no sub grades. Before you revolt, yell at us, or refuse to use Beckett Grading anymore please read on. We are not getting rid of the sub grades! The sub grades are one of our foundations so if you love the sub grades, feel they are a necessity, or don’t want to change the look of your BGS card collection, then you will still be able to receive that service. The new service simply gives the customer an option to possibly save a little money on their grading fees while just get a single, overall grade for the cards they submit.

With the new single grade option, the cards will still be graded with the same high standards Beckett has always provided as the same graders will still look at each card you submit. You will still receive the most secure case in the industry, the same inner sleeve, the same foil label, and the same guaranteed turnaround times.  The cards will still be in our pop reports and you can still look up the unique serial numbers at  The only change is that there would not be sub grades on the label.

Bottom line, this is simply a new service Beckett Grading is going to offer. Our plan with this move is to give each collector and submitter a product that meets their grading needs. The demand for this type service has been a long time in the making and with the current hobby conditions, now is the time to introduce it to the collecting world. To find out more about this service, or find out how you can submit your cards to Beckett (either with sub grades or without), please contact the sales team in your area.  I truly hope you enjoy the new product/services we are rolling out and if it is not for you, then I hope you continue to enjoy and trust the same service we have always provided. Thank you for taking time to read this and we look forward to helping you with your grading needs soon!


Jeromy Murray
Director, Beckett Grading Services

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  1. Aaron Johnson 18 July, 2016 at 12:54

    The hobby is already too confusing, because there are so many choices that aren’t truly necessary. Why compound it with offering 4 grading services under one name?

  2. J.R. 20 July, 2016 at 10:29

    I think this is a HUGE mistake. BGS sets itself apart from PSA and SGC because of the subgrades! As you should be aware, many collectors (myself included) purchase a card because of its subs.

    BGS has created a niche in the market, offering collectors an opportunity to buy “true” BGS 9.5’s and 10’s – cards with all subs at least 9.5 or 10 for their particular grade. This causes a bit of a shift in pricing, too. For example, look at all of the 1986 Fleer Basketball BGS 9.5 cards on eBay. How many of those cards have ALL 9.5 or better subs? Almost none. This is directly related to the subgrade phenomenon.

    By having a single grade service, you are now throwing yourself in with PSA and SGC instead of choosing to separate yourself from those companies. Yes, the holder is better, yada yada yada, but it’s the subs that set you apart.

    This is a very disappointing decision by BGS.

  3. Brian Thomas 21 July, 2016 at 12:54

    This isn’t a way to increase the cost of the subgraded cards is it? Or are the prices staying the same on subgraded cards and the single graded cards costing just a little less? Either way, it seems like a losing proposition, because more cards will flood into Beckett to be graded, causing turnaround times to become much longer. But that’s just my opinion.

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 July, 2016 at 16:14

      Prices and service levels are not changing. The single-grade service is an additional service and it won’t be changing day-to-day operations. The single-grade service also needs to be arranged with the BGS team in advance. The default grading system is staying the same.

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 July, 2016 at 16:16

      The exact price for the single-grade service varies based on a few factors. Your closest BGS sales rep can provide the specifics.

  4. Kenneth Fay 21 July, 2016 at 14:21

    Love this idea! What do I care what the subs are as long as the card is gem mint. I’d buy a card without subs. The overall grade is the only grade that matters anyway.

  5. Chris Bumann 27 July, 2016 at 20:59

    I believe that it’s good as it allows BECKETT to be more competitive with PSA whom has a very large market share. This as well allows the consumer to stay with BECKETT vs PSA.
    The best is that you can still use the 4 point grading still however PSA doesn’t offer it.

  6. Doug roper 1 August, 2016 at 03:45

    Will Beckett be at national card show in Atlantic city this week ? If so will they be grading cards ? Will Beckett have any specials if there ?

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 August, 2016 at 09:46

      Yes, there will be grading at the show. We’ll have a post up today with prices.

  7. Jared B Ledoux 20 August, 2016 at 16:21

    I have a 2012 Topps Chrome Andrew Luck RC Gold Refractor /50. I have been collecting for several years now but i have never gotten a card graded. I am looking for info on getting my card graded and maybe a few more of my cards also. I would appreciate if somebody would contact me about any information on it, thanks

  8. RONNIE ROSICKI 27 September, 2016 at 07:03


  9. Paul J Giragosian 4 December, 2016 at 04:37

    How much does it cost and how long will does the whole process take and where do you send the card to have it done.

    Thank You
    Paul J. Giragosian

  10. Greg Reese 27 December, 2016 at 01:40

    I have a 1987 Jeff Gordon World of outlaws card it was Grading by Beckett about10yrs ago Beckett Grading at 8.5.when I try to fine it on line but no luck of fineING it.I would like to no how much it’s worth there’s so many of them but I’m the only person has 8.5 the rest of them that I saw was 8,9,10. Thank you There’s nothing wrong with it I been collecting cards for Over 45 years it should be a 10 not a 8.5

  11. Federico Ornes 9 April, 2017 at 19:28

    One of the reasons I chose BECKETT GRADING is for the subgrades, BGS is better and different than psa and sgc is for that reason. Is too bad they are doing this one grade only.

  12. Robert Hamilton 18 April, 2017 at 05:59

    I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Do you have local grading available and what is the cost to grade cards with sub grades ? Also, what type of training do your graders have. What are their qualifications etc. I have seen a Beckett graded card on ebay with 3 sub grades of 10 and one 9.5 and overall grade was 10 pristine.. Do you add all 4 subs and divide by 4 ? This is very important as I bought a McDavid RC with grades of 8.5, 8.5, 9, and 9.5 = 35.5 what would be the overall grade ?

  13. joel 20 August, 2017 at 08:39

    what does it matter if u can see the subs or not its still the same grade the subs don’t matter to most collectors. stop the subs the grade is the grade i don’t care that the edges r 9.5 and the corners 10. ??????? the grade is the grade subs r just numbers in the equation. i don’t want to know the surface is 7.5 just tell me the total grade of the card and auto thanks. that is all.

  14. Vic 28 August, 2017 at 22:52

    I’m small time. Just a few cards here and there. But, here is my issue, “The exact price for the single-grade service varies based on a few factors. Your closest BGS sales rep can provide the specifics.” I need to verbally make contact with the sales rep to find out the price to grade a single card? Ridiculous. Fix your grading system and post the prices online so I can take care of business. I just want to submit a card not send a bunch of emails go back and forth for days and contact people for something that should be so simple.

  15. Joe Lenhart 31 August, 2017 at 21:54

    I recently became the owner of about 10,000 baseball cards . I know nothing about baseball. I know i have a ken griffey jr rookie and many other rookies. Who can look at these and tell me what cards are good and what they are worth i am sure there are many rookies.

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 September, 2017 at 14:45

      @Joe – Your best bet to start is by taking what you have to a card shop or local show. Someone there should be able to let you know pretty quick if there’s anything of significant value.

      If you need a price guide, subscriptions for the online guide can be found here:

  16. Scott 5 September, 2017 at 18:13

    Nice service for those who don’t want to know the specifics just the overall grade. I personally don’t have any interest in this as the subs are of massive importance and, to me, what makes a card Gem or not is each individual component. My personal wish, advice, desire, whatever you want to call it, is that effort is put into the revamped registry. That is the single greatest area for improvement and how you will gain back a healthy portion of the 3rd party grading market. Add rookie registries, contests, fix whatever software or manual entry adds a newly graded cards serial number to the registry. I can’t tell you how many of my cards come up with “Invalid serial number” makes my sets look incomplete. Make the registry a priority and it will make a huge difference. Good luck with the new grading system.

  17. Ronald 7 September, 2017 at 22:39

    I think Beckett has raised the bar. For a high caliber card of superstars, rookies that look like a possible prestine 10 or 9.5 sub grades are still available for premium price, show case. The next grade is still a subgrade just not put on back side of encasing and it can be a Prestine card. Really if you get a a 10 it should at least be offered to you to have sub’s added with a call or e-mail asking. And BCCG great for the thousands of cards some people don’t have the funds and are tight. Beckett rules and their longevity is proven.

  18. Mike 25 November, 2017 at 11:39

    I have many 1986 Star Best of the Best basketball cards and have been told Beckett used to grade them, but won’t now. While the quantity produced may be unverifiable, the condition of the card certainly is. BGS is a GRADING service. Why did they quit? Thx in advance for a response…M

  19. TJ Acerra 7 January, 2018 at 00:18

    What exactly does centering mean? What are the qualifications I looked all over the website and couldn’t find both a simple and detailed explanation of what centering means.

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 January, 2018 at 03:02

      @TJ – Centering refers to how well a card is centered. Generally, a bordered card would have the same margins all the way around (unless design is different).

  20. danny parks 23 February, 2018 at 11:09

    Is the BCCG what you are discussing here? I see a lot of these posts are a year or two old, but I’m curious if that’s what it is. thanks.

  21. karoshi63 25 July, 2019 at 09:55

    I have never seen a BGS 10 without subgrades, does BGS add in Sub Grades once it gets graded a 10?

  22. Ted Steele 5 July, 2020 at 19:46

    Good afternoon, I have Brand New, Unopened Topps Baseball Cards from 1988 – Present. My grandparents buy me a set for Christmas every year since I have been born. The only box that has ever been opened is the 1989 box. How do I know which cards are in the boxes without opening them?
    I know nothing about grading cards, however since they are all still in the box, unopened, I am assuming they have to be Graded a 10.

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 July, 2020 at 20:18

      @Ted – If you go to and type in the name of the set (1988 Topps, 1989 Topps, etc), you’ll get a checklist. Factory sets should have all of the main cards.

      Just because the sets are sealed doesn’t mean everything is a “10.” Frequently cards come out of boxes and packs imperfect. Centering can be off, there can be issues with the surface or any number of things.

  23. Dustin Post 10 August, 2020 at 13:10

    If I send in a lot of cards under the Single grade service level and receive a Pristine 10 Black Label will it have sub grades on it or no? Do they still give a black label for the single grade service if the card grades out at a 10 across the board (centering, edges, corners, surface)?

  24. Arnie Magana 3 September, 2020 at 19:56

    I saw a question above go unanswered which I also had. If you grade a card without subs but it grades a 10, Do you then add the subs or not? Thanks!

  25. Allen Nassau 8 January, 2021 at 08:30

    I have a 1952 Topps Baseball Card #311 Mickey Mantle card that I would like to get graded. I am not sure what the cost for grading that card. I was under the impression my card is a 5 out of 10. What is cost of grading and does it make a difference at this time.

  26. Josh Thomas 18 November, 2021 at 17:47

    If you get this service, can you later resubmit to get the subs added and not worry about the overall grade changing (at the cost for the subs is fine if no cheaper option)?

    • Eric Norton 11 March, 2022 at 07:32

      Should a card receive a Black Label using this service then the subgrades would be added to the label.

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